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The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans Right Now, December 2014

Where to eat in New Orleans right now.

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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.

Big shake up on the map this month. Gastrolounges and cocktail heatmap faves Treo and Cellardoor make way for Latitude 29, the tiki mecca with divine PolynAsian cuisine from Chris Shortall. North Shore beauty Ox Lot 9 bows out to Brennan's, which resurrects fine dining but updates Creole creole with Slade Rushing in the kitchen, and new affordable falafel hub 1,000 Figs nabs a spot at the expense of affordable Arabella Casa Di Pasta. Also, Red's Chinese nabs a spot from one of the heatmap's three taquerias, Arana.

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Milkfish

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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.

Square Root

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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).

PIZZA Domenica

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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.

Meauxbar

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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.

The Franklin

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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.

Del Fuego Taqueria

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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.
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.

Johnny Sánchez

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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.

1000 Figs

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The Fat Falafel teams brings their killer fries, falafel, and more to this new brick and mortar on Ponce De Leon Street (next door to Swirl) in Faubourg St. John.

Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

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An abundance of Beachbum Berry's tiki drinks pair nicely with Chris Shortall's 'PolynAsian' menu featuring everything from dim sum to banh mi, especially fun: the selection of daily dumplings, and the ever T-Fitzian squid caesar.

Brennan's

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The Big Pink is now open after a $20 million dollar renovation from new owners Ralph Brennan and Terry White. Chef Slade Rushing has breathed new life into the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, updating and upgrading Creole classics. Of course breakfast at Brennan's is famous, but in the afternoon the bar alone is reason to visit with a champagne happy hour on the way, an extensive wine list and great drinks. Dinner launches tomorrow night.

Red's Chinese

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This brand new Bywater restaurant from Mission Chinese alum/chef Tobias Womack aims to fill New Orleans' Chinese food void with a menu that also pulls influence from the Times-Picayune Cookbook and more Southern influences. BYOB, but booze and delivery coming soon.

Milkfish

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.

Square Root

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).

PIZZA Domenica

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.

Meauxbar

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.

The Franklin

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.

Del Fuego Taqueria

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.

Kebab

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.

Johnny Sánchez

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.

1000 Figs

The Fat Falafel teams brings their killer fries, falafel, and more to this new brick and mortar on Ponce De Leon Street (next door to Swirl) in Faubourg St. John.

Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

An abundance of Beachbum Berry's tiki drinks pair nicely with Chris Shortall's 'PolynAsian' menu featuring everything from dim sum to banh mi, especially fun: the selection of daily dumplings, and the ever T-Fitzian squid caesar.

Brennan's

The Big Pink is now open after a $20 million dollar renovation from new owners Ralph Brennan and Terry White. Chef Slade Rushing has breathed new life into the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, updating and upgrading Creole classics. Of course breakfast at Brennan's is famous, but in the afternoon the bar alone is reason to visit with a champagne happy hour on the way, an extensive wine list and great drinks. Dinner launches tomorrow night.

Red's Chinese

This brand new Bywater restaurant from Mission Chinese alum/chef Tobias Womack aims to fill New Orleans' Chinese food void with a menu that also pulls influence from the Times-Picayune Cookbook and more Southern influences. BYOB, but booze and delivery coming soon.

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