The Eater 38 is our attempt to answer the question, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” It’s a curated list intended to highlight the New Orleans area’s top restaurants while spanning cuisines, neighborhoods, settings, and price points. It aims to represent the city’s current culinary identity, showcasing a mix of po’ boy shops, Creole cafes, and fine dining destinations that make New Orleans one of the most interesting places to eat in America. These are 38 restaurants that are crucial visits for any New Orleans diner.
Each quarter Eater New Orleans updates the Eater 38 with different destinations; eligible restaurants have to have been open for at least a year. Sometimes a great restaurant is removed to make way for another one, in order to keep things new, fresh, and representative, but that doesn’t mean it won’t return sometime in the future.
As COVID-19 persists, many restaurants have had to shut down temporarily, so it’s best to call or check a restaurant’s social media pages before stopping by. As always, the points on this guide are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically. If you’re looking for the best new restaurants in New Orleans, turn to the Eater Heatmap.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.Read More