For a true first-class experience, check out the vegetarian tasting menu at the very upscale August (in the Central Business District), a restaurant by chef John Besh. I felt like a movie star sitting in the 19th century French-Creole building's gorgeous dining room, dressed in my formal wear along with other Mardi Gras ball-goers. The impeccable service, beautifully presented dishes, and extensive wine list made for a perfect evening. The tasting menu features five courses of farmers market vegetables, three of which are pictured below, along with a screen shot of the complete menu.
|Salad of charred broccoli and romanesco|
|Parsley root ravioli|
|Smoked hen of the wood mushrooms|
I had another lovely meal at Latitude 29 (near the river in the French Quarter), an elegant Polynesian-themed restaurant, which boasts its "beautifully composed, modern, playful Tiki Cuisine that includes options for our gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan guests" (not to mention an extensive selection of strong and tasty cocktails!). I was pretty excited to see tofu bahn mi on the menu, but at my server's suggestion, I opted instead for the noodle bowl and an order of taro chips (served with two highly addictive spicy dips).
|Chilled rice noodles, grilled shitake mushrooms, young coconut, and basil|
|Taro "chips" seasoned with curry and served with sriracha mayo and kimchi ketchup|
TIP: As I've previously written, vegetarians need not worry about going hungry in New Orleans. Most nice restaurants are extremely accommodating, even if their menus do not include meat-free options.