As 2015 comes to a close, take a look back at some of the best posts of the year. There were openings galore, maps for all your favorite dining occasions— from crawfish hubs to cheap eats— and helpful guides for oysters, anticipated openings and more. Did you have a favorite dining moment this year? Send Eater a tip and let us know.
New Orleans is packed with landmarks and icons, so let this be a starting point for your bucket list, the places most locals will agree are essential to the storied history of New Orleans' dining.
Let's be honest, the weather was a little topsy-turvy in 2015, but Nola is still one of the best cities on earth for dining outside. NOLA Brewing Taproom, St. Roch Market, Shaya and more new spots added to the wealth of great al fresco dining spots in town this year.
New Orleanians love a good view, and from the Lakefront to the French Quarter, this city has got some breathtaking sights for diners, including Tableau (pictured) with views of Chartres Street and Jackson Square.
The best king cake spots of 2015. It's a good place to start with Carnival time kicking off next week.
New Orleanians love brunch, and 2015 ushered in a whole slew of new spots to indulge at, from Angeline to Kenton's.
There were so many new openings in 2015, but not all could make the heatmap. Eater Nola has been rounding up the newest spots for readers to try all year. Bonus? Many of these newcomers are totally inexpensive.
With mudbug season already getting off to an early start, this is a great resource to catch you up on all of New Orleans best boil spots.
The cost of dining out continued to go up in 2015, but these reliable restaurants continue to offer great meals on the cheap.
August in New Orleans can be pretty miserable. These Coolinary menus keep the cost of fine dining down for a month, which is a nice respite for residents on the brink of summer meltdowns.
New Orleans Most Anticipated New Restaurants, Fall 2015 & New Orleans Most Anticipated Openings, Winter 2015
2015 was an incredible year for restaurant openings in New Orleans. Heavy hitters Shaya, Salon By Sucre, Angeline, Balise and more came onto the scene, and awesome underdogs including Kin and Brown Butter made their marks. Meanwhile, the South Market District continues to make a huge splash and Central City is still on its way up.
This guide is for bivalve lovers. It highlights the hottest oyster happy hours in town, including dollar oysters at Luke and the insanely cheap twenty-five cent oysters at Blind Pelican.