Tucked away down a discreet French Quarter back alley, Green Goddess is the spot to take your vegetable-loving friends and have them gush over the food for the rest of the night. Or week. Or their life. From brûléed wasabi tofu (freshly grilled slice of house-made organic lemongrass tofu topped with a wasabi brûlée over sweet, soy sauce–roasted Brussels sprouts and a sesame mirliton salad) to the pecan orange mushroom pâté, Green Goddess is offbeat and on-target with every dish. A daily, rotating cocktail special that’s mind-bogglingly fresh should be the first order of drinking business, then slowly sliding into the long list of unusual wines and after-dinner, honey-laced mead sippers.
Know Before You Go: The indoor seating space is incredibly limited, so al fresco is often the only option. If it’s raining, consider skipping this spot.