The Top 5 (Healthy and Organic) Restaurants in New Orleans

New Orleans is big on flavor, big on fun, and features plenty of show-stopping restaurants! If you think you have to suspend your healthy eating habits when dining in New Orleans, think again. There are plenty of options if you know where to look.

The Templeton List was developed to help you find the healthiest restaurants all across the U.S. according to our strict standards of ingredient, preparation and environmental guidelines, and we’re happy to say that New Orleans offers many choices. So when looking for healthy, organic, farm fresh and fabulous food restaurants in NOLA, you will be delighted with the many options this vibrant city has to offer!

Here are our Top 5 healthy restaurant picks in the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana:

True Food Kitchen

801 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
504-558-3900

One of our favorite healthy restaurants, True Food Kitchen is based on the anti-inflammatory food pyramid developed by founder, Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned integrative medicine physician. Each menu item is selected with care and combined into healthy and flavorful dishes.

Enjoy salads such as the Good Earth Kale Cobb Salad, (cashew poblano ranch, avocado, asparagus, snap peas, pickled jicama, coconut bacon, organic tomatoes, garbanzo beans, gorgonzola); Ancient Grains Bowl (miso sesame glazed sweet potato, turmeric, charred onion, snap peas, grilled portobello, avocado, hemp seed); and sandwiches like the Vegan Double Cheeseburger (portobello, walnuts, beets, kuzu, butter lettuce, pickled onion, organic tomatoes, vegan cheddar, vegenaise, flaxseed bun).

Entrees include Grilled Sustainable Salmon (farro, quinoa, zucchini, asparagus, organic tomatoes, snap peas, lemon oregano vinaigrette, cilantro pumpkin seed pesto); gluten-free Lasagna Bolognese (fennel chicken sausage, mushrooms, organic spinach, ricotta, herbs); Spaghetti Squash Casserole (crushed organic DiNapoli tomatoes, caramelized onion, zucchini, fresh mozzarella); and more!

The Daily Beet (two locations)

1000 Girod Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
504-605-4413

3300 Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
504-766-0377

Open 8AM until 8PM, the farm-to-fork concept is embraced by the Daily Beet with partners like Cajun Growers, Inglewood Farms, Major Acre Farms, Paradigm Gardens, and SUA Farms.

Breakfast and lunch is served all day with scrumptious selections, including the Morning Bowl (quinoa, pastured egg, avocado, black beans, corn, cherry tomato, cotija, toasted pepita, avocado chipotle sauce); Orbit Bowl (warm wild rice, avocado, pastured egg, kimchi, edamame, carrots, scallions, nori, sesame ginger dressing); and Mexicali Blues Salad (romaine, spring mix, avocado, black bean, corn, tomato, red onion, cilantro, corn chips, cotija, jalapeno lime vinaigrette).

A variety of Juices and Smoothies (Skinny Green, Sweet Mint, Chocoheaven, PB&J, and more) are other customer favorites!

Carmo

527 Julia Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
504-875-4132

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Carmo is committed to providing pescatarians, vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters alike with naturally flavorful, healthy food featuring the freshest local ingredients!

Their extensive menu includes Beiju for breakfast (Brazil’s iconic tapioca, gluten-free crepes filled with your choice of filling); Esmeralda Salad for lunch (quinoa, black beans, corn, poblano peppers, cilantro, tossed with chili coconut lime vinaigrette and topped with toasted pumpkin seeds & cotija cheese. Vegan version served with vegan cheese. Served on a bed of organic lettuces); and Trifongo Vegan Ceviche, Shrimp Acaraje, or Peruano for dinner.

Arabella Nola

2258 Street Claude Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
504-533-9223

At this fun family restaurant, the focus in on the food (organic chicken, grass-fed beef, locally sourced seafood and produce). Management recognized that the real challenge was convincing the public that clean eating doesn't mean limiting yourself to salads and a bowl of raw vegetables nor do you have to break the bank to get full.

Here you can build your own personal pasta experience with non-GMO pastas such as gluten-free Fusilla, roasted red pepper Rigatoni, or black pepper Fettuccine, with the sauce of your choice (we like the Pomodoro -- house red sauce with onion, garlic, and fresh basil), Creamy Pecan Pesto (roasted pecans, fresh basil, and Parmesan with roasted red peppers), and Grandma’s Bolognese (slow-cooked beef and veggies in a hearty red wine tomato sauce). A wide selection of add-on’s are available – choose from organic chicken, Italian sausage, Gulf shrimp, ground lamb, meatballs, artichoke hearts, Serrano peppers, and more!

For dessert, indulge in Cannoli (filled to order then dipped in your choice of chocolate chips, graham cracker, almonds or pistachios); Tiramisu (homemade ladyfingers dipped in espresso & layered with sweet whipped mascarpone and coated in powdered cocoa); or Biscotti (twice-baked Italian cookies with almonds & dipped in chocolate).

Breads On Oak

8640 Oak Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
504-324-8271

Bread On Oak is an organic artisan bakery and café with a wide selection of breakfast items and lunch options. Customer favorites include the TLTA (Tempeh Lettuce Tomato Avo -- better than a BLT, with tempeh, lettuce, tomato and avocado, served on organic multigrain bread with garlic aioli); Pumpkin Cheddar Biscuit Sandwich (organic pumpkin cheddar biscuit, aioli, local sprouted tofu scramble, andouille sausage, roasted tomato, and greens); and the Big Daddy Burger (classic housemade veggie burger made of beetroot, mushrooms and pea protein, served on an organic brioche bun with garlic aioli, Dijon mustard and their special Remoulade. Comes with vegan cheddar cheese, roasted onions, tomatoes, housemade pickles, avocado, and greens).

About The Templeton List

Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, the Templeton List, an online interactive restaurant guide, is part of his lifelong dream to give back and lend a helping hand to cancer survivors and to anyone desiring to increase or maintain their good health. James experienced first-hand the challenge of finding quality restaurants and food sources when traveling. The successful CEO of Uni-Key Health Systems and founder of the Templeton Wellness Foundation, The Templeton List was developed to help anyone easily find trust-worthy, carefully vetted healthy restaurants all across America. Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

You can read about James’ personal journey as a cancer survivor in his best-selling book, I Used To Have Cancer. For more information about The Templeton Wellness Foundation, visit https://templetonwellness.com/. You’ll find inspiring stories of other cancer survivors along with video interviews with top experts from around the world in the integrative and functional medicine arena as they bring the latest leading-edge health and healing information to the holistic treatment and prevention of cancer.

There are plenty of healthy, organic restaurants to choose from in New Orleans!