Meals From The Heart Cafe

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1100 N Peters St Bay 13 (at French Market), New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 70126

Serves meat, vegan options available. Open air cafe in New Orleans Historic French Market. The concept is heart-healthy, offering food that have low sodium, cholesterol, and no tran fat. Sample items include grits, oatmeal, whole wheat pasta and bread, vegan blueberry pancake, brown rice, fruit salad, black bean burger, portobello mushroom sandwich, grill vegetables, brown rice plate, smoothies with non-dairy milk. There is a small counter for eating there, plus tables dotted around the market. Open Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, American, Take-out, Non-veg

34 Reviews

First Review by CarolineMinLA

amazing experience!! - Edit

This place has the best vegan pancakes I’ve come across in my 2.5 years being vegan. The staff is incredibly friendly and I had a great conversation with them. For non vegans, the crab cakes here are also amazing per my dad. A true gem in the French market and I highly recommend stopping by

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So many vegan options! - Edit

I was so happy to find this restaurant in the French Market. There were a number of vegan options, and I choose the portobello mushroom poboy. It came with lots of veggies and avocado slices. Made for a very good, and very messy sandwich! They gave me a free cup of ice water (most restaurants in the French Market will only sell you bottled) and offered free orange slices while you wait for your food. I will have to go back to try the black bean burger tacos as I saw someone else get them, and they looked amazing!

Pros: Many vegan options to choose from, free water and orange slices, friendly staff

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Awesome! - Edit

Didn’t have to compromise my eating today. Ate a healthy beet salad and a fruit smoothie although there was a variety of vegan options.

Pros: Fresh and tasty food.,

Cons: They close early.

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Delicious!! - Edit

Was so happy to find this place on Happy Cow! They had a daily special that was a vegan crab cake so I got it on a poboy and it was amazing! It came with Steamed veggies that were bland but still good. Their potatoes are pretty good too. Also had a great fruit smoothie. Would go here again and recommend to anyone who wants New Orleans vegan food and vibe.

EDIT: I ended up going back three times because I couldn't get enough of this place. Had the pancakes and sausage, black bean burger, and gumbo along with another crab cake poboy. All of it was awesome! Great staff with friendly service and a cool family story. They even have a frequent diner card that gives you a free entree after you buy 9. Between all the people I brought there while in town for the week I racked up two free entrees. We even got poboys to go and took them on the plane for dinner when we left town. My new favorite spot in NOLA!

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yummy breakfast! - Edit

We had the blueberry pancakes and apple cakes. The apple cakes are vegan - they look and taste like meat but are vegan seriously. Very enjoyable!!

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Nice option. - Edit

Order the vegan pancake which it was good but you can clearly taste the oil they used to cook it. I'm giving it a 4 stars cause it's great to have vegan options especially in New Orleans.

Pros: Clean, Friendly staff

Cons: Not a restaurant, more as a take out but there&#39, Expensive

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Delicious! - Edit

Could very well be the best pancakes I ever did have... slightly crispy on the edges and lots of flavour. I got there early and had a seat right at the counter. Ordered their Vegan Blueberry Pancakes, Savory Apple Patties (vegan sausage), and fresh Carrot/Ginger/Orange Juice. Good portions, excellent flavour, and super friendly staff. Prices were a little high but didn't mind as the food was fresh and healthy. Would highly recommend seeking this little gem out.

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Good Gumbo but expensive - Edit

Gumbo was pretty good but it was a really small amount for how expensive it is. Both my food and my friend's was more expensive on the check than it was on the menu, by $2, before taxes. Coffee was really awful and overpriced. My meal ended up being $24 for ¾ cup scoop of gumbo and coffee I threw away.

Cons: overpriced

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Breakfast - Edit

Great pancakes and sausages, a bit overpriced but it's expected in this touristic area.

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Multiple options - Edit

But go for the vegan gumbo, is great!

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Go to if vegan! - Edit

Went there multiple times. You may wait a bit for your food but worth it. Heaps of vegan options. Also low sodium and transfat. Recommend the vegan gumbo and hot chocolate.

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delicious food and accommodating chef - Edit

Absolutely delicious fresh and healthy food with servers providing creative options off the menu for vegans. Still lots of awesome veggie/vegan options! The apple patties are to die for - you'd swear they were sausage (without the grease and bad karma). Wait time for meals can be around 20-30 minutes but it is SO worth the wait. Counter seating (outside in the French market) can be warm in summer but servers keep you comfortable with cool water and fresh orange slices. We will definitely be back!!

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great spot for vegans! - Edit

Found this place while in the French market and glad i did. plenty of vegan options and they were so nice and the service was quick.

Pros: vegan options healthy options quick service friend

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great vegan breakfast - Edit

Open at 9! We got blueberry pancakes, amazing Apple sausage patties, grits with vegan cheese (cheese wasn't on the menu, ask for it). Love this place and the staff!

Pros: unique, healthy

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YUMM - Edit

Got the black bean soup. Very yummy, not too spicy. They were very busy so the service was a bit slow but I didn't mind because the ladies were so nice. Oh and $14 for a bowl a soup...a little steep

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Disgusting - Edit

I ordered take out from here through Grub hub. The tea came in a *used* water bottle. Literally. The bottle had sticky spots from someone scrubbing off the original label. Disgusting. The bread was squashed flat. The Beans and rice were inedible. I grew it all away for fear of food poisoning.

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amazing vegan food (would give 5 stars if I could) - Edit

The vegan food here is amazing. I had the crab cake burger on gluten free bread and the gluten free pancakes. Both were absolutely delicious. However unfortunately the pancakes could not compete with the vegan crepe shop opposite which serves gluten free crepes which are to die for! Go to this place for dinner and to the crepe place for dessert!

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Fantastic - Edit

They have options for all diet types. I loved the vegan pancakes and the maple syrup was 100% real. Very fresh! Carrot juice was amazing. Staff was friendly and great to chat with.

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Vegan-Friendly and Just Plain Friendly - Edit

Staff here were the most hospitable we encountered, in a town that values hospitality. "From the Heart" is more than just the name of the place. They really know what they're doing in that area; we felt like treasured guests. Vegan options are clearly marked on the menu, and they are happy to make changes on request. The blueberry pancakes and vegan protein shake were both wonderful. My wife had the pancakes sans blueberries (a custom request) and loved them so much she asked to go back the next day. We did.

Pros: vegan options, friendly staff, tasty breakfast

Cons: no AC

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Great place for vegan breakfast in NOLA - Edit

I randomly stumbled upon this place while strolling through the French Market on a Thursday morning right before the venue opened. My fiance and I had just landed in NOLA and were on the search for some vegan breakfast options when we saw the sign for Meals From The Heart Cafe, offering both vegan and gluten free options. All meals here are made from scratch and thus take 15-20 minutes to prepare, but it is well worth the wait. We both tried the vegan pancakes which came with vegan butter, walnuts, fresh fruit, and maple syrup. The meal was fabulous and the staff was incredibly welcoming! They also offer vegan salads, sandwiches, and smoothie, as well as desserts from Girls Gone Vegan.

Pros: Vegan breakfast

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Vegan Stuff Easily Marked - Edit

Wish I could give five stars. Won't let me. Great menu. Vegan pancakes. Vegan black bean soup. Vegan butter on request. Veganaise.

Pros: Vegan Butter

Cons: Not Only Vegan

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great! - Edit

Super friendly staff! Had vegan pancakes, grits and vegan shake. So good! They have vegan butter!

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Delicious food, fabulous, friendly service! - Edit

I have now been to '...Heart Café' two times, and upon making my second visit, the proprietor greeted me by name, and welcomed me as warmly as he did on my first visit! It's a family-run business, and you can clearly see by the quality of the food that they all believe in what they are doing - and that is to serve up healthy, satisfying meals. There are several vegan options on the menu. On my first visit I enjoyed the Portobello Dinner Meal, which consisted of brown rice and vegetables, yummy portobello mushrooms sautéed with spinach, and a vegan olive oil garlic roll. IT WAS SO GOOD! Today I treated myself to their vegan pancakes, which were utterly delightful! I will most certainly be back for more of the family's scrummy food and friendly smiles! Next time I plan on trying out their nutritious Vegan Shake!

Pros: Food, Service

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Do Yourself The Favor - Edit

Lots of vegan and vegetarian options. Incredible staff

Pros: Tasty, Friendly, Inexpensive

Cons: Popular=bit Of A Wait

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Yummm!! - Edit

What a surprise to have a place like this in New Orleans. I had the vegan shake and the portobello Po boy, both delicious options. The service was friendly and fast!

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Yummy! - Edit

I had the vegan smoothie and the vegan wheat-blueberry pancakes for breakfast. I also ordered the portobella sandwich for lunch. SO GOOD.

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delicious smoothie - Edit

I can only comment on the smoothie, but I really appreciated a healthy option within the French quarter. The smoothie was thick and fruity. Delicious. Recommended for the hot New Orleans weather.

Pros: healthy, delicious

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