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Seafood Restaurant, Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant, and South American Restaurant$$$$
Central Business District, New Orleans
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    The experts at Eater and Epicurious recommend this place
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    Tricia F.
    "Have the Esmeralda Salad - delicious with a fun kick!"(7 Tips)
    Makiya L.
    "The Vegan Carmo Salad and the Vegan Rico Sandwich are to die for."(4 Tips)
    Timothy M.
    "Pao de qeijo Noodle salad are awesome"(4 Tips)
    Gambit New Orleans
    "Rico sandwich is a plantain pancake topped with pork"(3 Tips)
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  • salads
  • sandwiches
  • gumbo
  • gluten-free food
  • cocktails
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  • Jess F.
    Jess FalkenthalJanuary 28, 2016
    As a vegetarian, I felt nutritionally deprived during my trip to NoLA, until this place. I really enjoyed the variety of textures & flavors of the Esmeralda Salad & Brazilian cheese bread was AMAZING.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    The super-casual restaurant's palate skews tropical (think "sandwiches" built within plantain patties), though a special vegan gumbo one evening showcased the kitchen's apt touch with local flavors. Read more
  • Benjy S.
    Benjy Severino CruzSeptember 24, 2019
    Mofongo is a typical PR food made from fried plantain. Their version is actually sweet plantain stuffed with sweet pork as well. But the waitress was nice about it and they put my dish by the house.
  • Kat
    KatDecember 6, 2017
    Fantastic spot. The rico (I had the meat version with boar) is outstanding, and the caipirinha was delicious. Lovely vibe with cool art and good service.
  • Abby W.heart icon on user image
    Abby WilliamsJanuary 1, 2020
    WOW this place is incredible! All such unique dishes you can’t get just anywhere. You have to get the Prawn Patia, Kottu Roti, and the Rico!!
  • Allison A.
    Allison AbbottJune 16, 2016
    Great alternative from the typical heavy NoLa fare. The rice noodle salad was delicious, as were the options from the raw menu. Cocktails were lovely! Try the one with cashew fruit juice - so unique!
  • Joe T.heart icon on user image
    Joe TomlinsonApril 23, 2016
    The food is to die for here, so much flavour, healthy and feels good. The desserts are also fabulous, everything is available vegan; vegan cheese, meat, and ice cream. Highly recommended!
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneDecember 24, 2016
    Tropical rice salad with currants pineapple avocado and vegan ham was mostly rice and overly sweet dressing Large $9. Nice open seating and service
  • Kaustubh T.heart icon on user image
    Kaustubh ThirumalaiDecember 11, 2021
    Excellent vegetarian fare and tasty cocktails! Interesting menu (changes daily) and great service — the band was v enjoyable too.
  • Cassie H.heart icon on user image
    Cassie HosfieldNovember 3, 2016
    Loved the BBQ creole seitan that was the special the day I visited. They also had some vegan desserts that looked amazing. I would have tried one if I wasn't stuffed after my meal :)
  • Christina O.heart icon on user image
    Christina O'ReillyJanuary 6, 2018
    Broken Noodle bowl was phenomenal. My husband had the Vegan RICO which was equally as good. Would love to dine here again next time we are in the area.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah Clark JacintoFebruary 5, 2014
    Definitely bookmark this place if you are vegan and might travel to New Orleans. Great food, friendly people, good vibe, nice area of the city.
  • T. Carter R.heart icon on user image
    T. Carter RossOctober 22, 2014
    Ignore the cross-cultural confusion of Vietnamese Armenian bread, it is one of the tastiest things I've had in a long time. Super fresh and a great balance of flavors.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 10, 2013
    West Africa meets Europe, Asia, and the Tropics at this cafe in the Warehouse District, offering a range of non gut-busting dishes. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsMay 12, 2015
    Amazingly helpful folks. Get the Rico, pulled pork on a grilled plantain. Be sure to get some house made hot sauce to go along with it.
  • Crys M.
    Crys MartinFebruary 15, 2012
    The Rico is one of the greatest dishes I have ever had anywhere. I had it with pork but there's a vegan and a vegetarian option too! The staff here is wonderful. Very nice and helpful.
  • Simon W.
    Simon WillisonSeptember 11, 2019
    The vegetarian Rico is the tastiest vegetarian thing I've ever eaten
  • David F.
    David FelfoldiFebruary 22, 2013
    Vegans rejoice! The pea fritters were phenomenal; add the mild hot sauce to bring out the flowers. The banana bread is not to be missed ( but definitely share).
  • Annie 🌺 J.heart icon on user image
    Annie 🌺 JalotaMay 27, 2018
    Great vegetarian and vegan friendly spot! Interesting flavors and not too pricey.
  • Emily G.heart icon on user image
    Emily GiglieranoSeptember 14, 2016
    Innncredible peanut and coconut milk cocktail, Burmese tea leaf salad, and then there's the banquette breads--go for the Vietnamese, you won't be sorry.
  • Kaitlin M.heart icon on user image
    Kaitlin MartineauFebruary 23, 2019
    The Rico was outstanding!! Perfect combo of sweet and savory and the vegan meat was incredible
  • Brennaheart icon on user image
    BrennaApril 10, 2017
    So many vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free items. Ingredients are fresh and local. Anything Indian themed here is a must try!
  • Jenny P.heart icon on user image
    Jenny PrinceJanuary 17, 2014
    Amazing vegetarian, vegan, & GF food! Nothing is bad here and service is great. Bit of different ordering set-up, but not a big deal. Try it!!
  • Miles S.heart icon on user image
    Miles SternFebruary 13, 2017
    The entire vibe was great! Many vegan and vegetarian options, and flavors from the tropics beyond just Brazil
  • Yasemin
    YaseminJanuary 31, 2020
    Vegan Rico salad was bomb! Friendly service and cute place!
  • Mihailheart icon on user image
    MihailJune 21, 2018
    Juices here is just awesome. Try carmo salad with vegan ham. Service sucks, but food is great!
  • Erin W.heart icon on user image
    Erin WilsonAugust 5, 2017
    Food's great. Staff is very granola, but if you ignore that you'll enjoy the food.
  • Amanda M.heart icon on user image
    Amanda MendozaSeptember 16, 2016
    Everything is amazing! Fantastic vegan options!
  • Ashwini J.heart icon on user image
    Ashwini JindalAugust 20, 2014
    Trini green mango curry and Caribbean banana cake and the soups
  • Laurel T.heart icon on user image
    Laurel ToubyNovember 2, 2015
    Fantastic, casual South American fusion. Very creative, thoughtful combos.
  • Chelsea K.heart icon on user image
    Chelsea KJanuary 25, 2015
    Amazingly wonderful, simple, fresh, and delicious food!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SauerJanuary 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try sitting in the side room; there's tons of room to spread out. As for food, the vegan acaraje is out of this world!
  • Andrea J.
    Andrea JacksonAugust 17, 2013
    AMAZING blue crab & hatch green chile soup!! Its on special so may not be available all the time
  • dj s.
    dj smallzApril 26, 2013
    amazing gumbo, and exotic South American type salads and dishes. Definitely a great experience
  • Edward R.
    Edward RoskeJune 29, 2013
    VEGETARIANS: If they have it on the specials list, you must order the calabacitas con pollo vegan-style.
  • Megheart icon on user image
    MegMay 4, 2018
    Get the rico with vegetarian “meat” - so flavourful and satisfying 😍
  • Dave
    DaveApril 28, 2012
    Great menu w/ well-marked vegan options. Carmo & Esmeralda salads are heavier on the grains than the greens.
  • Anna V.heart icon on user image
    Anna VladauJune 11, 2015
    I had a really good salad with rice, avocado, roasted cashews and balsamic vinegar.
  • Prateek S.heart icon on user image
    Prateek SolankiJanuary 2, 2018
    Comfortable, casual, really delicious food. Lots of great vegetarian options.
  • Ilana G.heart icon on user image
    Ilana GaussMarch 24, 2014
    Vegetarian-friendly and green restaurant with unique flavors - don't miss!
  • Kathryn D.heart icon on user image
    Kathryn DAugust 1, 2016
    The Rico is delicious. Tons of satisfying vegetarian options.
  • Michael Q.heart icon on user image
    Michael QuarlsJune 13, 2015
    Go for cocktails and the breadless sandwich. Baguette bread goes nicely.
  • Colin L.heart icon on user image
    Colin LeeJanuary 3, 2016
    Had the Rice noodle salad and banana bread; both were delicious
  • Makiya L.
    Makiya LoveMarch 25, 2014
    The Vegan Carmo Salad and the Vegan Rico Sandwich are to die for.
  • Igal G.heart icon on user image
    Igal GhitelmanApril 7, 2016
    Great healthy options. The Rico and Esmeralda salad were great
  • Noah G.heart icon on user image
    Noah GlassJuly 30, 2014
    The Veggie Rico is killer good!
  • jessica c.
    jessica chavezDecember 21, 2015
    The freshest coconut water! You drink it straight from the coconut
  • Melissa M.heart icon on user image
    Melissa ManskerAugust 9, 2014
    Amazing service, fresh ingredients, surprisingly tasty takes on sandwiches.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGSeptember 27
    Get the Rico with beans, no meat. It’s amazing!
  • Kelsia K.heart icon on user image
    Kelsia KingAugust 28, 2019
    My friend and I had different salads, and they were amazing!
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