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Experts Share Their Top Restaurant Standbys of 2017

Where the pros went again and again

A cheeseburger with two patties is topped with cheese, pickles, ketchup, and mustard, served with fries.
Company Burger is still at the top of professional diners’ favorites list
Josh Brasted

As per tradition, Eater asked a group of journalists, bloggers and friends of the site to weigh in on the year in food. Here, they share their go-to restaurants this year.

Liz Williams, founder and president, Southern Food and Beverage Museum: “My go-to restaurant was Toups South, as you can imagine. The bar is great. Even alone sitting at the counter works. Where else? Herbsaint, Italian Barrel, and Upperline. Clearly I am not cutting edge. My secret Sunday brunch place is Mopho. They do not advertise a brunch, but they open for lunch at 11 and it is perfect because you can always get in.”

Elizabeth Pearce, cocktail historian, writer, guide, founder of Drink & Learn: “Mariza, Paladar 511, Compere Lapin.”

Jay Forman, food and dining editor, New Orleans Magazine: “For grownups, Paladar 511, Station 6, and Carrollton Market. With the kids, Central City BBQ, Pizza Delicious, and Company Burger.”

Nora McGunnigle, freelance writer and founder of “Maypop, Freret Beer Room, Company Burger, Coquette.”

Stephanie Carter, editor, Eater New Orleans: “We eat out with our three-year old a lot, so we go places where she is also comfortable. Vincent’s on Saint Charles, Kenton’s (we miss the weekday lunch there), Jamila’s on Maple Street are all places we visit again and again. MCP Uptown for take-out pizza.”

The Company Burger

611 O'Keefe Avenue, , LA 70113 (504) 309-9422 Visit Website

Carrollton Market

8132 Hampson Street, , LA 70118 (504) 252-9928 Visit Website

Paladar 511

511 Marigny Street, , LA 70117 (504) 509-6782 Visit Website

Central City BBQ

1201 South Rampart Street, , LA 70113 (504) 558-4276 Visit Website

Station 6

105 Metairie-Hammond Highway, , LA 70005 (504) 345-2936 Visit Website

Italian Barrel

430 Barracks St, New Orleans, LA 70116 504-982-6969

Jamila's Mediterranean Cuisine

7808 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118 (504) 866-4366

Pizza Delicious

617 Piety Street, New Orleans, LA 70117 504 676 8482 Visit Website

Toups South

1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, , LA 70113 (504) 304-2147 Visit Website


2800 Magazine Street, , LA 70115 (504) 265-0421 Visit Website


701 Saint Charles Avenue, , LA 70130 (504) 524-4114 Visit Website

Upperline Restaurant

1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (504) 891-9822 Visit Website


611 O'Keefe Avenue, , LA 70113 (504) 518-6345 Visit Website


233 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue, , MA 02141 (617) 314-7297 Visit Website


, , LA 70115 (504) 891-1177 Visit Website


514 City Park Avenue, , LA 70119 (504) 482-6845 Visit Website

Compère Lapin

535 Tchoupitoulas Street, , LA 70130 (504) 599-2119 Visit Website

Freret Beer Room

5018 Freret Street, , LA 70115 (504) 298-7468 Visit Website


2900 Chartres Street, , LA 70117 (504) 598-5700 Visit Website