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

48 Reviews

First Review by CarolineMinLA

SO GOOD! Fresh ingredients. Great food. Enjoyed the blueberry pancakes, veggie sausage, oatmeal w/all the goodies, and threw in a vegan crab cake, because we didn’t want to miss that. All were delicious! Will definitely come back! - Edit

Great vegan options!

Pros: Vegan crab cakes!

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Loved it! - Edit

I was very happy to find this spot this morning. I had the vegan blueberry pancakes which were absolutely delicious. I also tried the vegan power shake which was just what I needed.

Pros: delicious vegan options

Cons: I can't live there

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Yum! - Edit

Finally went to this great little French Market spot! Love the location and the food was so good! Staff was friendly, portions were great!

Pros: Delicious

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Deserves 5 Stars - Edit

This was the second vegan options place that my fiancé and I went to. He is not vegan so I was happy to find a place that had options we could both enjoy. I got the vegan crab cake tacos and my fiancé surprised me by getting the black bean burger. Let me just say I don’t know if I’ll ever have a vegan crab cake again let alone one that was THAT good. And my fiancé still hasn’t stopped raving about how good his food was! And he very rarely eats vegan food! The owner James was so kind and fun to talk to. We are planning on visiting again before we leave to go back home. I would visit NOLA again JUST for those tacos!

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Essential Nawlins Flava! - Edit

This is the essential French Market experience for veg/ans! The vegan crab cakes are one of a kind & to die for! I reccomend the taco!

This neat little cafe is tucked in a cozy French Market spot. Essential!

Pros: Crab cakes rule, Pancakes are the best, Friendly and welcoming

Cons: Pricey, Limited seating

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Great lunch - Edit

Will not let me give five stars, but that would be my rating. I had the vegan crab Po-boy, my wife had the vegan gumbo. Three kids had black bean Po-boy and pancakes for the twins. Everything was great. Service was very good. Had is buy a beer next door to have with meal. Seating was at the bar for max of 8 (we used 5 of the stools).
This is a hard town for vegans, this place is great!

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tasty cheap great vibes - Edit

Came here in sept on holiday from UK. Food was tasty and fresh. Prices were decent. Staff were friendly and fun. Overall great vibes.

Pros: cheap, tasty, friendly

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amazing! - Edit

i spent most of trip eating here during my trip in NOLA for mardi gras 2018. their food is delicious. I had their vegan gumbo which was incredibly savory, & packed with tons of flavor. I also had their vegan crab cake po boy which had a vegan remoulade on it as well. it was mardi gras season so for dessert I had a vegan king cake which is pretty popular during mardi gras season. it tasted like a cinnamon roll. 👅 yummmm! ask for james he’s awesome and is very helpful. i would have given it 5 stars but its not completely vegan or vegetarian bummer!

Pros: phenomenal food. , excellent service

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Tasty and Friendly - Edit

Cute little restaurant in the French market. Lots of vegan choices. Food is fresh made so expect to wait, but it is worth it.

Pros: a few vegan options, fresh ingredients , friendly staff

Cons: can be hard to find if you don't know where it is

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hard to find but worth it. - Edit

Lots of vegan choices. Some items can be made began too. Vegan king cake!! 'nuf said.

Pros: lots of vegan options, very good food, very friendly

Cons: hard to find. it's in the french market. hadn't se

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Oops: Not Vegan Gumbo - Edit

At first I was served regular gumbo, with shrimp and sausage, which of course I didn't eat. Swift apologies were issued, the offending gumbo was removed, and after another short wait, the vegan gumbo appeared. Delicious! Worth the wait. Also my husband loved his crab cake. Lots of crabmeat, not much filler, which is the way he likes it.

Pros: Lots of vegan options. Gave us some Mandarin orang

Cons: none

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Just what I was hoping for. - Edit

One of the stalls in the open air market, with a ton of vegan options. The staff was super friendly and the service was quick.

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majority veg menu - Edit

This place was an awesome find. I'm staying in the French Quarter and walked past this place in the market. Vegetarian and vegan gumbos and po boys. Friendly staff. Nice atmosphere.

Pros: lots of veg options

Cons: closes at 5pm

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best pancakes - Edit

Stayed in the French quarter for 4 days and ate here 3 of those. Best pancake I’ve had period. Black bean tacos were insane! Gumbo was missing something, I don’t know what, but was still really good! Staff was super friendly. A true little gem in a hard to find vegan restaurants city.

Cons: a bit pricy

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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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