Just arrived in NOLA yesterday evening, and of course, the first thing on our minds was food. As my friend and I walked in the pleasant night air near the convention center, we enjoyed seeing what was on offer. We were tempted to eat at Mulate’s, a Cajun restaurant just across from the Riverwalk, but my friend is vegetarian, and it seems that the Cajuns really enjoy their meat and seafood. As we made our way up Julia Street, we happened upon Emeril’s – that’s right, Emeril Lagasse of “Bam!” fame. My friend’s eyes lit up with excitement (and name brand recognition). Even though there were not too many vegetarian options on the menu, the host assured us that “chef” would be happy to make something special. We sat at the bar, enjoyed some lovely cocktails, and I had a delicious saffron-chili dusted jumbo shrimp dish. My friend enjoyed a vegetarian version on a bed of sweet potato-smoked corn grits. Yum!
Of course, there’s still plenty of time to explore some lesser-known and perhaps more vegetarian-friendly establishments. Have you found a gem of a restaurant? If so, let me know!