Mar 13, 2024 - Food and Drink

What to order at Smoke & Honey in New Orleans

A gyro stuffed with French fries sits on a small white metal tray with blue trim. The plate is on an outdoor table, and the bright yellow restaurant Smoke & Honey can be seen in the background.

Outdoor seating at Smoke & Honey was the obvious choice on a beautiful spring afternoon. Photo: Chelsea Brasted/Axios

After a doctor suggested I try avoiding meat several years ago, I've made a conscious effort to go vegetarian most of the time. But in New Orleans, it can be tempting to ignore that advice.

  • Luckily, more and more restaurants are offering veggie-forward dishes that go beyond a slab of balsamic-drizzled mozzarella between slices of focaccia bread.

Dig in: At Smoke & Honey, I found several vegetarian-friendly options when I stopped by for lunch recently between interviews.

  • The restaurant opened in Mid-City earlier this year, taking over the Bienville Street space formerly occupied by Piece of Meat.
  • Vassiliki Ellwood Yiagazis started Smoke & Honey as a pandemic pop-up, according to Gambit, but she's grown into the brick-and-mortar restaurant with a focus on what she calls Greek and Jewish soul food.
  • Think breakfast gyros, matzo ball soup, fried halloumi, stuffed red peppers and a Greek-style lasagna.

The vibe: The restaurant has gotten a makeover from its time as Piece of Meat. The building is now a hard-to-miss bright yellow, and modern art and murals fill the walls.

  • If the weather's nice, you can also grab a street-side table like I did.

What I ordered: At lunch, Smoke & Honey has a gyro special ($15) with the choice of pork, chicken or grilled veggies stuffed inside a beautifully soft pita.

  • The best part? They put Cajun-seasoned fries inside the gyro.
  • Just don't make the mistake I did and take the wrap out of the foil wrapper until you're ready to really commit to finishing it up.

What I'm ordering next time: I've got my eye on that breakfast gyro, but the boureka (a spinach and feta hand pie) also looks perfectly snackable.

  • A Coffee Science pop-up inside the restaurant also has me itching to try some of the inventive coffee concoctions, like the Chaos Theory, which is espresso with ginger, lemon, turmeric and morello cherries.
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