This year, we asked the group eight questions running the gamut from meal of the year to top restaurant newcomers. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights at the end of the 2015. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited herein. Readers, please do add your survey answers in the comments.
Q: What were your top restaurant standbys of 2015?
Rene Louapre, cofounder of Hogs For The Cause
I didn't have any standby restaurants, per se. More a standby dining style: slip into a seat at the bar, a few drinks, some appetizers coursed out, a dessert then vamoose. The best places to do that are Peche, La Petite Grocery, and Coquette.
B.E. Mintz, founder and editor of Nola Defender
Man Chu (for the wings), Herbsaint (for everything), Cane & Table (for great Quarter dining... and drinking), Casamento's (for seafood), Arnaud's French 75 (for a snack and a cocktail to get the night going), Brothers (for gas station fried chicken), Jung's Golden Dragon II (for Chinese... use the Szechuan menu), Creasian (for Vietnamese in a bind), Sammy's (for Roast Beef po-boys), Parkway (for all po-boys), Felix's (for oysters), Commander's Palace (for service and celebration)
Scott Gold, author of The Shameless Carnivore, writer/contributor for Thrillist, NolaVie, and Louisiana Eats!
MoPho, for certain -- Mike Gullotta continues to kill it over there. Pho Cam Ly and Lily's Cafe, the two best Vietnamese restaurants Uptown (and both have great service). TheCompany Burger, always, because who doesn't love a great burger? I'll still often choose Commander's Palace for special occasions. And of course Shaya is a given.
Kim Ranjbar, writer, Suck The Heads
Ba Chi Canteen and Panchita's. Both are inexpensive, near my apartment, filling and tasty. Plus, if you haven't had a Charred Pork Vermicelli Bowl with crispy pork egg rolls from Ba Chi, you haven't been living.
Josh Brasted, photographer
Compere Lapin, Bangkok Thai, Pizza Delicious, Shaya, Bacchanal, Mid City Pizza.
Nora McGunnigle, beer writer and contributor to Eater NOLA and Gambit
Shaya, back when it was possible to get a reservation. Red's Chinese for enormous portions of food and hot cocktails served in a teapot (great for when feeling under the weather), Latitude 29's happy hour specials. Coquette is always and forever my go to fancy (but not TOO fancy) restaurant. Little Bird, when dranking at Courtyard or Barrel Proof.
Gwendolyn Knapp, editor, Eater NOLA
MoPho for midweek dinner and a beer at the bar. 1000 Figs and Felipe's are also good midweek standbys. Red's Chinese for Friday night takeout. Russell's Marina Grill for brunch. Green Fork for juice and their insanely addictive cilantro hummus. Meauxbar for something special. Parkway when I get the craving.