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VEGETARIAN & HEALTH FOOD

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APPLE SEED SHOPPE
336 Camp St. 529-3442
The Apple Seed Shoppe will move this March to the second floor of 201 St. Charles Ave., where it will continue blending fresh fruit smoothies and tossing salads. The healthy lunch menu runs to sandwiches including the avocado, egg salad and cheese, and the fruit salad combines apples, bananas, pears, grapes, kiwi, oranges, melon, pineapple and strawberries, and can be topped with raisins, coconut or granola honey. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch weekdays. Checks. $

AQUARIAN'S MARKETPLACE
2801 Dauphine St. 943-8884
Aquarian's is one of the freshest ideas to hit the Faubourg Marigny in some time, with its fresh-squeezed and blended to order juices and smoothies. Add a shot of wheatgrass for that extra energy boost. Sandwiches range from veggie classics like the Sagittarius, with avocado, cucumber, tomato and cream cheese, to chicken and tuna salads. Browse the grocery for goodies-to-go. No reservations. Lunch daily, early dinner Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $

BACK TO THE GARDEN
833 Howard Ave. 299-8792
Start the day with a smoothie and a hot plate of grits, eggs and turkey sausage at this cafe. The menu has a vegetarian section, with options including veggie tacos and stir-fries, salads and meatless chilis. For meat eaters, there are red beans and rice, charbroiled chicken salad with avocado and lots more. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

COLUMBIA STREET NATURAL FOODS
415 N. Columbia St., Covington (985) 893-0355
This Northshore staple provides the health conscious with groceries and meals, and gives local organic farmers a place to sell their wares. At the deli counter, try the tuna salad sandwich, the roasted veggie and hummus wrap, or the sprout salad. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

SOPHISTICATED SALADS
6387 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan 737-1860
The fruit salad features romaine lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, walnuts, raisins and Monterey Jack cheese, with poppy seed dressing. Another popular choice is a baby spinach salad that's covered with bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, eggs, walnuts and raisins, then finished with Jezebel dressing made with pineapple preserves, apple jelly and horseradish. Delivery available. Lunch and early dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

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