New Orleans, LA: 10 Places to Eat & Thrive


When you’re in the Big Easy, strolling along the Mississippi, and enjoying all that city has to offer, check out these spots!


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New Orleans was the original inspiration for this show and site: during my first trip there in April and May 2012, I found not only many of the usual options when it comes to NOLA food, but then so many *other* places serving delicious *and* nutritious food that I wondered if most people (including visitors) had ever heard of these places!

While New Orleans is certainly known for its cuisine, it’s not always associate with “healthy” fare—and yet, here were so many places doing just that!

One of the first spots I went was Back to the Garden—I was treated to lunch by a local business owner, and it turns out the restaurant has a mission besides the healthy food: it employs people who have had challenges in life and need a second chance.

Another day while walking down Magazine St., I just happened to notice a sign for the Superfood Bar (if you weren’t paying attention, you’d miss it)—at the time, it was a tiny little storefront, but inside: what a find! Some of the healthiest food imaginable, and as the owner Joseph said, he was the only person offering this kind of food in the region!

I’m excited for future trips back to the city so that I can sample the rest of the spots below!


Thrive on!



The NOLA Round-Up:

First column links to their site, second to their Yelp review—and you can click the headers to sort if viewing the website!

Restaurants Rating on Yelp Cost Location & Description
Back to the Garden ☆☆☆☆ $ Central Business District: lunch mainly, plant-based friendly
Cafe Hope ☆☆☆☆ $$ Marrero (south across the Mississippi): Cajun/Creole, employs at-risk youths and teaches them the food service industry)
Carmo ☆☆☆☆1/2 $$ Central Business District: plant-based
City Greens ☆☆☆1/2 $$ Central Business District: salads, wraps, soups
Green Goddess ☆☆☆☆ $$ French Quarter: regional flavors, plant-based options
Hillel’s Kitchen ☆☆☆☆ $$ Carrollton: Kosher, organic, local, seasonal
Meals from the Heart ☆☆☆☆1/2 $$ French Quarter: NOLA flavors with healthy options
Satsuma ☆☆☆☆ $$ Uptown, Black Pearl: healthy cafe with a second location in Bywater
Seed ☆☆☆☆ $$ Lower Garden District: plant-based (opened April 2014)
Superfood Bar ☆☆☆☆1/2 $$ Uptown: smoothies, juices, salads, wraps


Where else do you go? Let us know below!