I am coming to New Orleans from Chicago for a fun-filled weekend. Now, I already know this is sacrilege, but I can't do anything about it (I've been vegetarian since I was 13 and I just can't stop now!) so I have to ask: what are some great vegetarian options in New Orleans?
I'm not asking about vegetarian restaurants necessarily--one, I'm traveling with a non-vegetarian friend and I fear if I drag her only to veggie restaurants, we may not leave NOLA as friends ;), and two, veggie/vegan restaurants rarely offer dishes that actually taste good. (FYI: notable exceptions in the Chicago-area include Mana Food Bar, Green Zebra, Karyn's - all absolutely delicious as affirmed by numerous meat-eaters).
So while I would happily take any recommendations for delicious veggie restaurants if you have them, I'm also asking whether there are some great restaurants that offer sufficient vegetarian options (entrees or sides - I've been known to make up my own tapas-style menu) so that I could leave feeling happy. I confess to being a bit of a "foodie" - so I'd be grateful for suggestions for awesome cheap eats as well as for fine dining.
Yes, I know that I will be missing out on some of the best food New Orleans has to offer, and I am sad for it. But I would greatly appreciate your help to still make it a memorable dining trip!
Thank you so much for your time -