365 Project Day 269: On New Orleans' Food Influences:
Middle Eastern

Some folks seem surprised to find a plethora of Turkish and Lebanese restaurants dotting New Orleans.  But the presence of these populations - and the resulting divine, vegan-friendly restaurants - is nothing new to the streets of the Crescent City.  People from the "near east" countries of Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria have been settling in New Orleans since at least the late 1800s, partially because it was a major port of entry for travelers of entry at the time.

Middle Eastern restaurants have been a mainstay in New Orleans since the 1970s.  These include Mona's Cafe (three locations: Mid-City, Marigny, and Carrollton), Lebanon's Cafe in Carrollton,  Fatoush in the Marigny, Haifa in Mid-City, Phoenicia in Metairie, and many more.

Each restaurant boasts vegan options such as hummus, falafel, and babaganouj, and often offer more exciting fare like foul and dolma.  Regional variations make each restaurant's offerings slightly different, making it worthwhile to try them all.  Below, a sampling of babaganouj, dolma, flatbread, and chai with soy milk.


  1. Wow - I love Middle Eastern food. I can't wait to go back to NOLA, based on your recommendations!

    By the way, I've nominated you to participate in the Liebster Award. You can find the details here: http://www.morselsandmoonshine.com/blog/2014/9/15/liebster-award.

  2. I'm not a babaganouj fan but that plate looks amazing!


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