Comfort food is not generally considered vegetarian-friendly, but the chefs in New Orleans find it hard to resist a good challenge. They find creative ways to remove the “meat” from meatloaf and countless other American staples. Dreamy Weenies tucks a smoky imitation andouille inside a vegan bun, and Slim Goodies Diner recreates classic egg scrambles with vegan chili, soy bacon, and tofu. Throw Sugar Park’s vegan meatball pizzas into the mix, and you have a city where actual meat almost seems superfluous.Read More
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Though it’s called the French Quarter, New Orleans’s signature neighborhood is actually the product of French, Spanish, American, and Creole influences. With its eclectic scenery, it should come as no surprise that the popular tourist destination is also home to a culturally diverse mix of cuisines. Italian food takes the spotlight at neighborhood staples such as Irene’s Cuisine, The Italian Barrel, and Café Giovanni. Whereas some of these restaurants adhere steadfastly to tradition, others embrace Creole influences to create dishes you won’t easily find in Italy.Read More
Among the many classic New Orleans love stories, there’s one that unfolds between a chef and his ingredients. Just ask John Folse, who fell head-over-heels for the local flavors of andouille sausage, persimmons, shrimp, and sassafras. Oh, and frog. These funky flavors make up what Folse affectionately refers to as “Louisiana’s swamp floor pantry.” He rummages through it regularly, crafting dishes such as crabmeat-stuffed frog legs niçoise at Restaurant R’evolution. Star in your own New Orleans love story at one of the following candlelit eateries.Read More