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!

About pszasz

Patricia Szasz is the Director of Intensive English Programs at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In addition to overseeing a variety of English language programs for international students, Patricia is fortunate enough to teach graduate courses in language pedagogy on campus. She currently serves on the board of the California/Nevada affiliate, CATESOL, as Level Chair for Intensive English Programs. Her professional interests include language program administration, leadership, technology-enhanced language learning, project-based learning, and intercultural communication. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, reading, traveling and taking walks along the beautiful California coast with her dog Henry.
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2 Responses to Food!

  1. pszasz pszasz says:

    Thanks for the tip, Sand. Last night we had a DELICIOUS and casual Italian meal at Domenica in the Roosevelt Hotel. If you go, order the fried kale — it’s incredibile! And our waiter, Jobie, was wonderful.

  2. Sandra Rogers Sand Rogers says:

    Our hotel is right near Julia & Tchoupitoulas streets near Emeril’s restaurant. We found Tomasitos Mexican restaurant caddy-corner to Emeril’s. It was delicious and reasonably priced. I suggest the chicken enchiladas with green sauce and the ceviche, as an appetizer. Yummy! They told me that on Saturday, the bar across from it, The Wine Bar, has salsa dancing!!!