On Monday, November 16, Eater will present the 2015 Eater Awards, our sixth annual celebration of all that's made the New Orleans restaurant world run— and run wild— in the past 12 months. Winners will be selected on both the local and national levels in five major categories, and the voting begins right now. First up: Restaurant of the Year. Cast your vote for this year’s top restaurant below.
About the nominees for Restaurant of The Year: These spots represent the best restaurants that have opened in the last year (in this case, since November 2014). There's Shaya, where chef Alon Shaya has made modern Israeli cuisine cutting edge and cool, not just for New Orleans, but for all of America. Compère Lapin, chef Nina Compton's Warehouse District hotspot, melds the island flavors of her native St. Lucia with Creole-inspired dishes oh-so-effortlessly. Chef Alex Harrell's Angeline in the French Quarter continues to be at the forefront of a wave of new Southern spots. Brennan's has been busy redefining Creole at the hand of chef Slade Rushing since Ralph Brennan saved it from ruin. And Balise is chef Justin Devillier's nod to refined, salon-style dining with a killer garde manger.
- Shaya Inside Shaya
- Shaya The wood-fire oven cranks out Shaya's signature pita.
- Brennan's A table-side dessert go up in flames at Brennan's.
- Brennan's Inside Brennan's
- Compere Lapin Compere Lapin boasts one the best bar programs in New Orleans.
- Compere Lapin Oysters chill on Compere Lapin's raw bar.
- Angeline Inside French Quarter stunner Angeline.
- Angeline Chef Alex Harrel named the restaurant in honor of his mother.
- Balise Chef Justin's Devillier's Balise keeps it casual and cool
- Balise Inside Balise.
Here's how the voting works: Eater editors have named nominees in New Orleans for each of five major categories. Eater readers will vote, narrowing the nominees to three finalists. From those three finalists, the Eater editorial team will select a winner. Ready to play your part? This poll will be open for 24 hours; voting irregularities will be strictly policed.