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The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans Right Now, November 2014

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater ask us: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What haven't I heard of? What's everyone talking about? And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continuously to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

Joining the map this month, Johnny Sánchez, the always-packed CBD taqueria from chef-besties John Besh and Aarón Sánchez, while NOLA Smokehouse departs.

Been to any of these restaurants and had a great or a terrible experience? Let us know in the comments or by email.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Milkfish

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125 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA
Cristina Quackenbush brings Filipino cuisine and exotic cocktails to New Orleans with this Mid City gem, which also hosts pop up nights with up and coming talent.

2. Square Root

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1800 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA
Chef Phillip Lopez and Max Ortiz' long awaited and highly conceptual tasting menu restaurant in the LGD also features a killer cocktail and beer program, and hang-worthy upstairs lounge Root Squared (with balcony seating).

3. PIZZA Domenica

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4933 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 301-4978
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John Besh and Alon Shaya's Domenica expansion offers more varieties of pizza, an impeccable beer selection, and take out service seven days a week, Uptown.

4. Meauxbar

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942 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 569-9979
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Chef Kristen Essig and the Ste. Marie team's revamp of Meauxbar brings bistro favorites to the edge of the French Quarter. Lots of charm, great service, and locally-sourced dishes from steak tartare to crudite.

5. The Franklin

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2600 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117
This Marigny haunt has a gastropub vibe, with craft cocktails, intriguing wines, and food from chef Jim Bremer who specializes in locally sourced, rather eclectic French/Southern comfort dishes, plus crudo and oysters.

6. Treo

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3835 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
Chef James Cullen does small plates that span diverse cultural influences and leads the charge for the new Tulane Avenue at this refined cocktail hub and gallery from the Finn McCool's folks.

7. Del Fuego Taqueria

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4518 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 309-5797
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Chef Dave Wright turns to his Cali upbringing to with this Uptown taqueria featuring housemade tortillas, authentic salsas, 100+ tequilas and mezcals, exceptional beef tongue and goat and more. Specialty entrees and lethal margs round out the experience. Front porch and back patio dining are a must.

8. Cellar Door

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916 Lafayette St
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 383-5583
This new gastrolounge brings a major contemporary art collection and swanky ambience to the CBD, with craft cocktails from Cure alum Michael Yusko, and global dishes--we're talking roti to poutine--from Jamielyn Arcega. Now featuring a lunch, brunch and dinner menu.

9. Kebab

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2315 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
The masterminds behind Pete's Pizza Speakeasy bring the best of European drunk food to St. Claude, with doner (spit roasted lamb/chicken/more) on fresh baked Turkish bread, falafel, some of the best fries in New Orleans, housemade sodas and young coconuts. Now open for lunch/dinner, Friday-Monday 11 a.m. to midnight.

10. Araña

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3242 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
Chef Richard Papier does cuisine from the Yucatán-- tacos, slow braised meats and al pastor style spit-roasted pig, plus a focus on achiote--in the former Byblos space on Magazine.

11. Arabella Casa di Pasta

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2258 St. Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 267-6108
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Now in a permanent spot (and with a few upgrades right around the corner) Amanda and Mowgli Pierlas bring their no-nonsense handmade pastas and cannoli to the up and coming St. Claude food scene for lunch and dinner, at a price point that won't break the bank and with outdoor seating. BYOB.

12. Ox Lot 9

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Located in Covington's newly revamped Southern Hotel, this swanky newcomer from chef Jeffrey Hansell and wife/GM Amy brings refined cocktails, elegant yet fun Southern cuisine--pork skins and smoked mullet on the half shell are still game here-along with oysters/crudo to the North Shore jet set. Translation: A road trip is in order.

13. Johnny Sánchez

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930 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 304-6615
John Besh and Aarón Sánchez's new modern taqueria is open in the CBD, featuring tacos and tequila galore, but don't overlook the entrees--ranging from whole fish to lamb enchiladas--as well as specialty cocktails.

1. Milkfish

125 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA
Cristina Quackenbush brings Filipino cuisine and exotic cocktails to New Orleans with this Mid City gem, which also hosts pop up nights with up and coming talent.
125 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA

2. Square Root

1800 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
Chef Phillip Lopez and Max Ortiz' long awaited and highly conceptual tasting menu restaurant in the LGD also features a killer cocktail and beer program, and hang-worthy upstairs lounge Root Squared (with balcony seating).
1800 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA

3. PIZZA Domenica

4933 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118
John Besh and Alon Shaya's Domenica expansion offers more varieties of pizza, an impeccable beer selection, and take out service seven days a week, Uptown.
4933 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

4. Meauxbar

942 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Chef Kristen Essig and the Ste. Marie team's revamp of Meauxbar brings bistro favorites to the edge of the French Quarter. Lots of charm, great service, and locally-sourced dishes from steak tartare to crudite.
942 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116

5. The Franklin

2600 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117
This Marigny haunt has a gastropub vibe, with craft cocktails, intriguing wines, and food from chef Jim Bremer who specializes in locally sourced, rather eclectic French/Southern comfort dishes, plus crudo and oysters.
2600 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

6. Treo

3835 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Chef James Cullen does small plates that span diverse cultural influences and leads the charge for the new Tulane Avenue at this refined cocktail hub and gallery from the Finn McCool's folks.
3835 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. Del Fuego Taqueria

4518 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Chef Dave Wright turns to his Cali upbringing to with this Uptown taqueria featuring housemade tortillas, authentic salsas, 100+ tequilas and mezcals, exceptional beef tongue and goat and more. Specialty entrees and lethal margs round out the experience. Front porch and back patio dining are a must.
4518 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. Cellar Door

916 Lafayette St, New Orleans, LA 70113
This new gastrolounge brings a major contemporary art collection and swanky ambience to the CBD, with craft cocktails from Cure alum Michael Yusko, and global dishes--we're talking roti to poutine--from Jamielyn Arcega. Now featuring a lunch, brunch and dinner menu.
916 Lafayette St
New Orleans, LA 70113

9. Kebab

2315 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
The masterminds behind Pete's Pizza Speakeasy bring the best of European drunk food to St. Claude, with doner (spit roasted lamb/chicken/more) on fresh baked Turkish bread, falafel, some of the best fries in New Orleans, housemade sodas and young coconuts. Now open for lunch/dinner, Friday-Monday 11 a.m. to midnight.
2315 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

10. Araña

3242 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Chef Richard Papier does cuisine from the Yucatán-- tacos, slow braised meats and al pastor style spit-roasted pig, plus a focus on achiote--in the former Byblos space on Magazine.
3242 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

11. Arabella Casa di Pasta

2258 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Now in a permanent spot (and with a few upgrades right around the corner) Amanda and Mowgli Pierlas bring their no-nonsense handmade pastas and cannoli to the up and coming St. Claude food scene for lunch and dinner, at a price point that won't break the bank and with outdoor seating. BYOB.
2258 St. Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

12. Ox Lot 9

Covington, LA
Located in Covington's newly revamped Southern Hotel, this swanky newcomer from chef Jeffrey Hansell and wife/GM Amy brings refined cocktails, elegant yet fun Southern cuisine--pork skins and smoked mullet on the half shell are still game here-along with oysters/crudo to the North Shore jet set. Translation: A road trip is in order.

13. Johnny Sánchez

930 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70113
John Besh and Aarón Sánchez's new modern taqueria is open in the CBD, featuring tacos and tequila galore, but don't overlook the entrees--ranging from whole fish to lamb enchiladas--as well as specialty cocktails.
930 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70113

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