11.07.2016

Eat the Guide: Good Karma Plant-Based Cuisine and Coffee


Hello and welcome to the NOiG series Eat the Guide!  In this series, I explore the scores of restaurants included in the NOIG Guide to Vegan-Friendly Restaurants.  You can follow along in the guide or right here on the blog, or both of course.  See previous posts here, and enjoy!

***Hello and welcome, Vegan MoFo-ers!  Today is the first of four interruptions of the A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things series; these will occur each Monday in November to continue the long-running series Eat the Guide!  I hope you enjoy it just as much as my "favorites" posts.  Perhaps it will inspire you to visit our fair city?***

This first weekend of November, I finished up my Saturday morning yoga class at Swan River Yoga's Mid-City Mandir and headed on downstairs for a superb lunch at Good Karma Plant-Based Cuisine and Coffee.  This eatery is tucked into the ground floor of a gorgeous building that was built as a library in 1911, and now houses probably the most beautiful yoga space in town.  The cafe feels like a natural extension of this extraordinary space.  And here's the most exciting part: IT'S ALL VEGAN.

Appearance and Atmosphere: As mentioned, the cafe is in a yoga studio - and the restaurant space actually doubles as a yoga classroom!  This accounts for the somewhat restricted hours of the cafe.  The space is simultaneously splendid and peaceful, comforting and inviting, and always smells a bit like incense. 

Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday, 8am to 3pm.  Closed on Sundays.

Service Style: Counter service with table delivery through a number system.

Available Vegan Options: Did I mention that the entire menu is vegan?!  And it is wonderful.  The first time you visit, get the Good Karma Plate which is a huge amount of food and always includes the day's special.  Next time, try the Bhima Veggie Burger or the Smoky Tomato Wrap.  Explore the whole menu, and treat yourself to something delightful from Girls Gone Vegan or a house made pastry - just take a look at your options at the ordering counter.  Also, don't skip the extensive smoothie and juice options.  Importantly, try to visit on a Friday for the pulled jackfruit and seitan special - it will completely blow your mind.

Alcohol or Espresso: The cafe incorporates a full espresso bar - check out their specialty drinks.  They also have an extensive selection of teas.

Price Range: $4 to $6 for pastries and coffee; $7 to $10 for wraps and salads; $9 to $15 for entrees.

My Experience: Entering an all-vegan establishment carries a certain excitement.  I can have anything on the menu?!  It's overwhelming in the best possible way.  I still have many menu items to try at Good Karma, and they're constantly coming up with new specials, so the possibilities just feel endless.  I've been attending yoga classes frequently at Swan River for the last few weeks, and visiting the cafe after my morning class just felt right.  I loved this visit as much as I have loved every prior visit.

Final Thoughts: Good Karma is a destination location.  Whether you're a New Orleanian or just passing through, make a point to visit.  If you can, take a yoga class at the mandir and then refuel yourself at the cafe.  You will feel magnificent.

The Smoky Tomato Wrap.

The Good Karma Plate, featuring the day's special of tofu and jackfruit curry as well as a Moroccan lentil soup (not pictured).

Girls Gone Vegan birthday cake donut
various pastries

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