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The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans Right Now, March 2015

Where to eat right now in New Orleans.

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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.

Coming on the map this month is Uptown's Israeli stunner Shaya.

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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 rather eclectic French and 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 tacos 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, beer, 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 in the CBD features 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 charm 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, a squid caesar, and oh yeah, happy hour.

Brennan's

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The Big Pink is now open after a $20 million dollar renovation with Chef Slade Rushing breathing new life into the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. The bar and courtyard are reasons to visit as well with a champagne happy hour on the way, an extensive wine list and great drinks.

Red's Chinese

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This new Bywater restaurant from Mission Chinese alum/chef Tobias Womack does fun New Orleans' style Chinese food with a menu that also pulls influence from the Times-Picayune Cookbook and more Southern influences. Booze has just been added too.
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.

Brown Butter

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Comfort food from the Bible Belt and around the South comprises the menu at this brand new Mid City restaurant, from two of the Salty Swine supper club founders. Now open for lunch, but expanding for dinner soon.

Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse

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This Warehouse District newcomer features wood-fired pizzas and appetizers from a Pizza Domenica-alum, with a mighty beer selection and a patio that will likely be packed come Jazz Fest time.
Justin Devillier's brand new CBD restaurant Balise features a ground floor bar area with an inspired cocktail program and a garde manger (cold station). Upstairs, is a chic dining area. The menu features Lousiana-focused cuisine from venison tartare to rabbit roulade.
Chef Alon Shaya brings wood-fired pita and brilliant modern Isreali cuisine Uptown with his new eponymous restaurant on Magazine. Open for lunch and dinner with a wealth of shareable items including the incredibly light and airy falafel. Courtyard dining also available.

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 rather eclectic French and 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 tacos 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, beer, 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 in the CBD features 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 charm 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, a squid caesar, and oh yeah, happy hour.

Brennan's

The Big Pink is now open after a $20 million dollar renovation with Chef Slade Rushing breathing new life into the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. The bar and courtyard are reasons to visit as well with a champagne happy hour on the way, an extensive wine list and great drinks.

Red's Chinese

This new Bywater restaurant from Mission Chinese alum/chef Tobias Womack does fun New Orleans' style Chinese food with a menu that also pulls influence from the Times-Picayune Cookbook and more Southern influences. Booze has just been added too.

Purloo

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.

Brown Butter

Comfort food from the Bible Belt and around the South comprises the menu at this brand new Mid City restaurant, from two of the Salty Swine supper club founders. Now open for lunch, but expanding for dinner soon.

Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse

This Warehouse District newcomer features wood-fired pizzas and appetizers from a Pizza Domenica-alum, with a mighty beer selection and a patio that will likely be packed come Jazz Fest time.

Balise

Justin Devillier's brand new CBD restaurant Balise features a ground floor bar area with an inspired cocktail program and a garde manger (cold station). Upstairs, is a chic dining area. The menu features Lousiana-focused cuisine from venison tartare to rabbit roulade.

Shaya

Chef Alon Shaya brings wood-fired pita and brilliant modern Isreali cuisine Uptown with his new eponymous restaurant on Magazine. Open for lunch and dinner with a wealth of shareable items including the incredibly light and airy falafel. Courtyard dining also available.

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