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The Updated Eater Heatmap: Where to Eat 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.

Leaving the map this month: Booty's Street Food, Wayfare, and Tivoli & Lee. Coming onto the map this month is newly revamped Quarter dame Broussard's.

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


January 2013, Added: La Fin Du Monde
February 2013, Added: Mariza
March 2013, Added: Wayfare, Dominique's on Magazine
April 2013, Added: Tivoli & Lee
May 2013, Added: Peche, Tableau, Kingfish
June 2013, Added: Lucky Rooster, Ba Chi Canteen
July 2013: Casa Borrega
August 2013: McClure's
September 2013: Noodle & Pie, Cane & Table
October 2013: Broussard's

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mariza

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2900 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
The Italian-Inspired swanky-casual restaurant from Iris' husband and wife team Ian Schoebelen and Laurie Casebonne, brings a raw bar to the Bywater. Located in the Rice Mill Lofts (nextdoor to NOCCA), a menu of housemade charcuterie, pastas, and pizza comprise the menu cranked out of the open kitchen.

2. Dominique's On Magazine

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4213 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-9282
The newest incarnation of Dominique Macquet's namesake restaurant is everything that a fine dining experience should be, from a sleek, artsy ambience, impeccable service, and the impressive worldly approach to mainly French-inspired cuisine and creative craft cocktails, all locally sourced. Hydroponic towers about in the restaurant's courtyard, which has a unique urban oasis vibe, and the restaurant also has a private room on the second story including a beautiful wine room.

3. Peche

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800 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-1744
Peche is a pitmaster dreamland and seafood mecca from the can-do-no-wrong Link Group. Chefs Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski, and Ryan Prewitt's trips to Uruguay and Spain inspired the restaurant, which focuses on asado cooking. Located in the Warehouse District in a historic building where Jefferson Davis was embalmed, Peche features a giant hearth/wood fire grill (handbuilt by Link's cousin), a raw bar, and the sort of casual fine dining vibe perfected by sister restaurant Cochon with a menu of comparable merit. Peche is to fish as Cochon is to pig.

4. Tableau

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616 St. Peter Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 934-3463
Dickie Brennan's newly opened Tableau, attached to Le Petit Theatre, serves French Creole overlooking Jackson Square. Long time Palace Cafe chef Ben Thibodeaux mans the kitchen, and the building underwent a huge and beautiful renovation to arrive at its plantation/Spanish manor feel with three stories of dining (300+ seats), including balconies,private rooms, and a sweeping staircase. The restaurant has a wine carafe program, and is working to build a large repertoire of cognacs.

5. Kingfish

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337 Chartres
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 598-5005
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Kingfish is home to Louisiana comfort food with a surprising global twist in the Quarter. Located on Chartres and Conti, the restaurant (from the owners of Broussard's) features two of New Orleans' culinary heavyweights, including legendary barkeep Chris McMillian, who turns out impeccable classic libations and service. And former Gabrielle owner/chef Greg Sonnier, whose menu is packed with Cajun and Creole classics on crack and cracklins— from a 'pirogue' of barbecue shrimp to a Cajun-injected "junky chick." The dining area has sort of a dark man-cave feel (and a few nods to Huey P. Long), a nice contrast to an afternoon spent roaming the Quarter.

6. Ba Chi Canteen

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7900 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 373-5628
Operated by Phat Vu and Quinn Nguyen of Westbank favorite Tan Dinh and located in the old Figaro's space across from Satsuma Maple Uptown, Ba Chi Canteen is kind of like Tan Dinh's punkrock younger sibling. Amidst traditional Vietnamese fare like bahn mi and pho, the wilder side of the menu shines with Bacos (steam bun tacos), Kim Chi Fries, pork belly galore and tons of cray specials that make this a culinary destination for broke college kids, star chefs like John Besh and Aaron Sanchez, and everyone in between.

7. Lucky Rooster

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515 Baronne
New Orleans, LA
(504) 529-5825
Lucky Rooster is a casual noodle house/Asian snack attack charmer in the CBD from the Juan's and Slice team. Chef Neil Swidler, a Delmonico alum, boasts a wickedly tasty menu of Asian street food at price points that won't break the bank or morale. His obsession with the housemade extends all the way to the sauces and dessert, so don't skip the sriracha or fortune cookie. Christine Jeanine Nielsen is the mastermind behind the exotic cocktails and housemade sodas. And GM/wine guru Joe Briand (Herbsaint alum) has a slew of interesting whites, and is also busy starting a sherry revolution among a younger, amply tattooed crowd.

8. Casa Borrega

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1719 OCH
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 427-0654
Hugo Montero and Linda Stone's salvaged 19th Century house on OCH is already a cultural hub, featuring food truck nights, live music, fundraisers, and now a Mexican street food and cocktail menu available Thursday-Saturday nights, with the likes of tostadas, gorditas, and more. By fall, the restaurant should expand to have breakfast and lunch as well.

9. McClure's BBQ

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(504) 301-2367
Finally Uptown has a delicious barbecue joint thanks to Neil McClure's smokin' hot pop-up turned brick-and-mortar. Brisket, ribs, barbecue sandwiches on Dong Phuong French bread, and sauces that cover all good regions of the Southern barbecue paradigm are causing lines out the door. BBQ BFF sides likes coleslaw and mac n cheese abound, and it won't set you back too much either.

10. Cane & Table

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1113 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 581-1112
After a month in, Adam Biderman and Ean Bancroft have proven that their take on Colonial dishes, influenced by Jamaican, Latin, and island fare, stands on its own as a new hot addition to the New Orleans dining scene. Add that to the killer cocktails made by Nick Detrich, and you realize this isn't just bar food. Plus, they make some killer rice calas.

11. Noodle &  Pie

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741 State St
New Orleans, LA 70118
What's not to love about Dante's brick and mortar noodle house Uptown? Brian Armour is making a name for himself by bringing the ramenvasion to NOLA with gorgeous bowls of noodles, yakitori, and lots of Japanese snacks. Mimi Assad throws down with a selection of classy pies for dessert. Add in some housemade shrub sodas, shrimp cracker fries, a floor that spawkles like water, and an affordable meal, and yeah, it's so on.

12. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard

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819 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 581-3866
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After a million dollar renovation, the Grand Dame on Conti is back open and better than ever. New chef Guy Reinbolt creates Louisiana-inspired French/International cuisine and the swanky, new Empire Bar— manned by legendary curmudgeon Paul Gustings— turns out pre-prohibition classics and modern craft cocktails. All that, plus the best courtyard in New Orleans (which also happened to just get a $40K upgrade, y'all), make Broussard's a newly revamped hottie.

1. Mariza

2900 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
The Italian-Inspired swanky-casual restaurant from Iris' husband and wife team Ian Schoebelen and Laurie Casebonne, brings a raw bar to the Bywater. Located in the Rice Mill Lofts (nextdoor to NOCCA), a menu of housemade charcuterie, pastas, and pizza comprise the menu cranked out of the open kitchen.
2900 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

2. Dominique's On Magazine

4213 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
The newest incarnation of Dominique Macquet's namesake restaurant is everything that a fine dining experience should be, from a sleek, artsy ambience, impeccable service, and the impressive worldly approach to mainly French-inspired cuisine and creative craft cocktails, all locally sourced. Hydroponic towers about in the restaurant's courtyard, which has a unique urban oasis vibe, and the restaurant also has a private room on the second story including a beautiful wine room.
4213 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

3. Peche

800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Peche is a pitmaster dreamland and seafood mecca from the can-do-no-wrong Link Group. Chefs Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski, and Ryan Prewitt's trips to Uruguay and Spain inspired the restaurant, which focuses on asado cooking. Located in the Warehouse District in a historic building where Jefferson Davis was embalmed, Peche features a giant hearth/wood fire grill (handbuilt by Link's cousin), a raw bar, and the sort of casual fine dining vibe perfected by sister restaurant Cochon with a menu of comparable merit. Peche is to fish as Cochon is to pig.
800 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

4. Tableau

616 St. Peter Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Dickie Brennan's newly opened Tableau, attached to Le Petit Theatre, serves French Creole overlooking Jackson Square. Long time Palace Cafe chef Ben Thibodeaux mans the kitchen, and the building underwent a huge and beautiful renovation to arrive at its plantation/Spanish manor feel with three stories of dining (300+ seats), including balconies,private rooms, and a sweeping staircase. The restaurant has a wine carafe program, and is working to build a large repertoire of cognacs.
616 St. Peter Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

5. Kingfish

337 Chartres, New Orleans, LA 70130
Kingfish is home to Louisiana comfort food with a surprising global twist in the Quarter. Located on Chartres and Conti, the restaurant (from the owners of Broussard's) features two of New Orleans' culinary heavyweights, including legendary barkeep Chris McMillian, who turns out impeccable classic libations and service. And former Gabrielle owner/chef Greg Sonnier, whose menu is packed with Cajun and Creole classics on crack and cracklins— from a 'pirogue' of barbecue shrimp to a Cajun-injected "junky chick." The dining area has sort of a dark man-cave feel (and a few nods to Huey P. Long), a nice contrast to an afternoon spent roaming the Quarter.
337 Chartres
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. Ba Chi Canteen

7900 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Operated by Phat Vu and Quinn Nguyen of Westbank favorite Tan Dinh and located in the old Figaro's space across from Satsuma Maple Uptown, Ba Chi Canteen is kind of like Tan Dinh's punkrock younger sibling. Amidst traditional Vietnamese fare like bahn mi and pho, the wilder side of the menu shines with Bacos (steam bun tacos), Kim Chi Fries, pork belly galore and tons of cray specials that make this a culinary destination for broke college kids, star chefs like John Besh and Aaron Sanchez, and everyone in between.
7900 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118

7. Lucky Rooster

515 Baronne, New Orleans, LA
Lucky Rooster is a casual noodle house/Asian snack attack charmer in the CBD from the Juan's and Slice team. Chef Neil Swidler, a Delmonico alum, boasts a wickedly tasty menu of Asian street food at price points that won't break the bank or morale. His obsession with the housemade extends all the way to the sauces and dessert, so don't skip the sriracha or fortune cookie. Christine Jeanine Nielsen is the mastermind behind the exotic cocktails and housemade sodas. And GM/wine guru Joe Briand (Herbsaint alum) has a slew of interesting whites, and is also busy starting a sherry revolution among a younger, amply tattooed crowd.
515 Baronne
New Orleans, LA

8. Casa Borrega

1719 OCH, New Orleans, LA 70113
Hugo Montero and Linda Stone's salvaged 19th Century house on OCH is already a cultural hub, featuring food truck nights, live music, fundraisers, and now a Mexican street food and cocktail menu available Thursday-Saturday nights, with the likes of tostadas, gorditas, and more. By fall, the restaurant should expand to have breakfast and lunch as well.
1719 OCH
New Orleans, LA 70113

9. McClure's BBQ

New Orleans, LA
Finally Uptown has a delicious barbecue joint thanks to Neil McClure's smokin' hot pop-up turned brick-and-mortar. Brisket, ribs, barbecue sandwiches on Dong Phuong French bread, and sauces that cover all good regions of the Southern barbecue paradigm are causing lines out the door. BBQ BFF sides likes coleslaw and mac n cheese abound, and it won't set you back too much either.

10. Cane & Table

1113 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
After a month in, Adam Biderman and Ean Bancroft have proven that their take on Colonial dishes, influenced by Jamaican, Latin, and island fare, stands on its own as a new hot addition to the New Orleans dining scene. Add that to the killer cocktails made by Nick Detrich, and you realize this isn't just bar food. Plus, they make some killer rice calas.
1113 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

11. Noodle &  Pie

741 State St, New Orleans, LA 70118
What's not to love about Dante's brick and mortar noodle house Uptown? Brian Armour is making a name for himself by bringing the ramenvasion to NOLA with gorgeous bowls of noodles, yakitori, and lots of Japanese snacks. Mimi Assad throws down with a selection of classy pies for dessert. Add in some housemade shrub sodas, shrimp cracker fries, a floor that spawkles like water, and an affordable meal, and yeah, it's so on.
741 State St
New Orleans, LA 70118

12. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard

819 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112
After a million dollar renovation, the Grand Dame on Conti is back open and better than ever. New chef Guy Reinbolt creates Louisiana-inspired French/International cuisine and the swanky, new Empire Bar— manned by legendary curmudgeon Paul Gustings— turns out pre-prohibition classics and modern craft cocktails. All that, plus the best courtyard in New Orleans (which also happened to just get a $40K upgrade, y'all), make Broussard's a newly revamped hottie.
819 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112

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