The pleasures of living in New Orleans are too numerous to count.
Jazz Fest, Second Line Parades, Mardi Gras, great weather, and 18th century architecture, are just some of the many reasons people choose to work and vacation in the city.
However, being vegan in a meat-lovers paradise, can become frustratingly difficult at times. Yes, the Crescent City has many world-class restaurants and celebrity chefs, but vegan and vegetarian options are few and far between. Of course, restaurants will cater to your dietary restrictions. Thus, always being the squeaky wheel (with the special order), is a fact of life here.
Fortunately, we do have a couple of Whole Foods Markets and several local grocers who cater to the natural and organic food minded customer. The Hollygrove Farmers Market is also a terrific source for locally grown organic produce.
Wood fired vegan pizza at the Mardi Gras Zone in the Marigny, mouth watering Indian food at Nirvana uptown, and African vegetarian dishes at Bennichan in the French Quarter are great eating out options.
It's not all doom and gloom in the land of Magnolias and Jasmine. With a little effort, it is festively possible to eat vegan and vegetarian in New Orleans.