Vegan options abound throughout city

Bella Gagliano, Contributing Reporter

While New Orleans may be famous for its heaping pots of gumbo, alligator, jambalaya and po’boys, Tulane students will be surprised to learn that, buried underneath the abundance of sausages and stews, an emerging vegan cuisine is attracting New Orleanians from all walks of life. 

From Mid-City to Uptown, three eateries in particular serve mouthwatering fare for vegan students, or any student who is looking to break from animal products for a day. 

Good Karma Cafe, located on Canal Street, is exactly what the name implies. Located in a yoga studio, guests are encouraged to kick off their shoes and meditate on the many pillows that cover the floor. What could be better than reaching inner nirvana while chowing down on some Malaysian curry? 

Favorites at this vegan spot include the freshly squeezed juices and organic teas, as well as the upma, which is essentially South Indian breakfast porridge. 

Rivaling Good Karma Cafe in fresh ingredients, but exuding a different kind of ambiance is Seed on Prytania Street. Just a quick ride on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar will drop any Tulane student within walking distance of this hipster hideaway. Seed boasts an entirely vegan menu as well, complete with an array of sweet and savory smoothies sure to make any vegan swoon. 

Recommended at Seed are their raw tacos, a spicy spin on the Mexican classic, served up in lettuce wraps filled with a crisp, crunchy walnut mix. They also pay homage to the city’s comfort food with their Southern Fried po’boy, a chickpea, fried tofu version of the New Orleans’ staple sandwich that is sure to please any true local. End lunch with a vegan beignet!

Closest to campus is Breads on Oak, a short two-mile bike ride down Oak Street. This vegan bakery is known for its homemade breads and pastries, and boasts a wide selection of tasty sandwiches. 

An ideal lunch spot, Breads on Oak is the perfect place to grab a bite to go, or enjoy a meal and a coffee outside. Sourcing from mainly local vendors, Breads on Oak even grows their own herbs in an organic garden.  

Whether you’re a veteran vegetarian or just someone who’s dabbling on the greener side, New Orleans’ vegan cuisine is here for the tasting, and definitely worth exploring.