The food at Jazz Fest can be as much of a draw as the music, but for people on special diets, navigating the array of options can feel anything but festive. To help alleviate some of the burden, Molly has put together a guide of Jazz Fest foods that fit within the parameters of six common diets, including gluten-free, dairy free, low-carb, and vegan.
Here’s a sampling of some of her top picks, and you can check out the full list of all diet-friendly Jazz Fest foods in Molly’s full column from The Times-Picayune: Jazz Fest food to fit any diet
Benachin Restaurant’s Poulet Fricassee (skewered grilled chicken): dairy-free, low carb, low saturated fat, with Jama-Jama (sautéed spinach): dairy-free, vegan, low carb, low saturated fat
Smitty’s Boiled Crawfish: gluten-free, dairy-free, low carb, low saturated fat
Jamila’s Café Tunisian Salad: dairy free, vegan, low sodium, low carb, low saturated fat
More Jazz Fest favorites that can fit:
Gluten-Free: J&M Seafood freshly shucked oysters on the half shell, Burks & Douglas vegetarian red beans, The Praline Connection crowder peas and okra, and collard greens.
Vegan: Gambian Foods grilled veggie pita (no sauce), Burks & Douglas vegetarian red beans, Joyce’s fruit salad, The Praline Connection crowder peas and okra
Low Sodium: Jamila’s Café Tunisian salad and Joyce’s fruit salad have less than 100 mg sodium per serving
Low Carb: Palmer’s Caribbean fish or Jamaican chicken with steamed vegetables only, no rice; Ba Mien Vietnamese Cuisine’s shrimp or beef bun (skewered shrimp or beef) over lettuce (no vermicelli)