For many in south Louisiana, Lent is a time of sacrifice—but also, seafood. Meatless Fridays usher in the traditional fried catfish and boiled crawfish dinners, but there are plenty of other Lent-friendly dining options available in the Capital City.
Highlighted below are restaurants with meatless dishes to satisfy your hunger for each meal of the day.
Breakfast: MJ’s Cafe—The new Mid City location of MJ’s Cafe at 5162 Government St., serves vegan takes on traditional dishes and raises its “plant-based goodness” to another level with unique spins on breakfast. Vegan French toast topped with bananas, blueberries and strawberries can relieve those sweet tooth cravings that set in after a few candy-less weeks. The Game Changer breakfast includes a tofu or free-range egg scramble, homemade hash, tomatoes, avocado, spinach, chipotle sauce, green onions, cheese and MJ’s signature coconut “baecon.”
Lunch: Cocha—Downtown restaurant Cocha is located at North Street. Seasonal produce comes together with international inspiration here, yielding many unique dishes to try during the Lenten season. Cocha’s Indonesian stir fried noodles feature noodles, broccoli, shiitake mushroom, carrots, green onions and spinach with spicy lemongrass soy and peanut drizzle. Cocha’s Criollo can be made meatless by choosing braised jackfruit instead of pork to go with the peppers, onions, jasmine rice, black beans, arepa and plantains.
Dinner: Gov’t Taco—Gov’t Taco at White Star Market will be featuring different Lent-friendly tacos every Friday this season. Some upcoming specials are Shrimper Fi, a shrimp taco with cabbage, tomatoes, jalapeño aïoli and pickled jalapeños; Curry Clause, a vegan-friendly taco with coconut rice, green curry, basil, crispy noodles and lime; and Christmas in Cali, a mahi taco with street corn, white barbecue sauce and green onion.
Other places to try this season:
• Adrian’s Restaurant—Try the grilled fish sandwich featuring Cajun slaw or any of the fried seafood platters at this Perkins Road East restaurant from the Juban’s family.
• Southern Pearl Oyster House—Besides the obvious oyster options at this new Perkins Road restaurant, don’t pass up the seafood pot pie with Gulf shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat, or the seafood stuffed portabellas.
• Mike Anderson’s Seafood—You know you’ll be taken care of for all your Lenten needs here, but don’t miss one of the Lee Drive restaurant’s signatures: The Guitreau, with grilled mahi-mahi topped with Louisiana crawfish, Gulf shrimp, mushrooms and onions all sautéed in a white wine and butter sauce.
This originally appeared in 225 Dine, see the full story here.