clock menu more-arrow no yes

The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans Right Now, January 2015

View as Map

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.

Coming on the map this month is Purloo, while Milkfish departs after a solid run.

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

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Square Root

Copy Link
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).

2. PIZZA Domenica

Copy Link
4933 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 301-4978
Visit Website
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.

3. Meauxbar

Copy Link
942 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 569-9979
Visit Website
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.

4. The Franklin

Copy Link
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.

5. Del Fuego Taqueria

Copy Link
4518 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 309-5797
Visit Website
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.

6. Kebab

Copy Link
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.

7. Johnny Sánchez

Copy Link
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.

8. 1000 Figs

Copy Link
Ponce De Leon St
New Orleans, LA 70119
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.

9. Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

Copy Link
321 N. Peters Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 609-3811
Visit Website
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.

10. Brennan's

Copy Link
417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
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.

11. Red's Chinese

Copy Link
3048 Saint Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 304-6031
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.

12. Purloo

Copy Link
1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA
Chef Ryan Hughes does all-things-Southern, from curried goat to Lowcountry seafood boils, at this beautiful new spot with an open kitchen, located in Central City's new Southern Food and Beverage Museum. On the drinks side, up and comer Mark Shettler is slinging classics and creative concoctions.

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 1000 Figs

Ponce De Leon St, New Orleans, LA 70119
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.
Ponce De Leon St
New Orleans, LA 70119

9. Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

321 N. Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
321 N. Peters Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Brennan's

417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Red's Chinese

3048 Saint Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117
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.
3048 Saint Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117

12. Purloo

1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA
Chef Ryan Hughes does all-things-Southern, from curried goat to Lowcountry seafood boils, at this beautiful new spot with an open kitchen, located in Central City's new Southern Food and Beverage Museum. On the drinks side, up and comer Mark Shettler is slinging classics and creative concoctions.
1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA

Related Maps