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Compere Lapin Is Nola's Best Restaurant of 2016, According to Brett Anderson

Even Leah Chase loves the black drum

Elsa Hahne for Compere Lapin

As 2016 comes to a close, Times-Pic critic Brett Anderson has been busy naming the year’s best restaurants as he’s done for the better part of a decade. New this year, however, Anderson has also added a new award, New Orleans’ Restaurant of the year— his first-ever selection for the city’s best eatery, which he’s already announced “will not appear in the other lists,” meaning it’s a “prestigious category unto itself.”

Anderson’s first-ever restaurant of the year award has gone to chef Nina Compton’s Warehouse District stunner Compere Lapin. He has many reasons for why the intriguing Caribbean meets Creole eatery beats out every other restaurant in New Orleans, but the best one is this:

Because Leah Chase was in not long ago and had really good things to say about the black drum.

This week, Anderson also named his Top 10 Restaurants in New Orleans for 2016 2017, including new additions to the list: Brennan’s, Shaya and Coquette. And the Top Five New Restaurants in New Orleans, comprised of Kenton’s, Turkey And The Wolf, Seaworthy, Meril and N7. Fellow food writer Todd Price has also been revealing the new Chefs To Watch.

However, it’s been a very quiet year in terms of restaurant reviews at The Times-Pic, with Anderson only reviewing a scant three places: Paladar 511, Kenton’s and Compere Lapin.

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