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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.

In a bit of a slow month, Bywater powerhouse Pizza Delicious yields to Central City's Casa Borrega, the green luchador fighting for authentic Mexican cred on the OCH.

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. Booty's Street Food

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800 Louisa St.
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 266-2887
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Chef Greg Fonseca serves up global-inspired street food for lunch and dinner along with inspired cocktails from barman Jeremy JF Thompson at this Bywater hot spot. In the mornings, Booty's takes on more of a coffee shop vibe with local pastries and Stumptown grinds.

2. Maïs Arepas

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1200 Carondelet st.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 523-6247
Former Baru partner, David Mantilla, is now the poster boy for Central City hotness with his eye-catching Creole Columbian restaurant, Mais. The casual, yet refined style carries over to the menu and has everybody saying arepas, arepas, arepas.

3. La Fin du Monde

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2917 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
The Garden District's craft cocktail and brunch, lunch, and dinner spot from Bar Tonique's Justus Jagger boasts a duo of talented bartenders of Tonique fame, Michelle McMahon and Geoffrey Wilson, and a young chef, Jonathan Lestingi, ready to impress with a menu that boasts all local ingredients. Housed in the old Cafe Rani space, outdoor seating abounds for nice weather and they serve French Truck coffee.

4. 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.

5. Wayfare

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4510 Freret
New Orleans, LA 70115
This sandwich shop on Freret is so much more than a lunch time destination. With a full bar, plump little bar food menu, and impressively unusual sandwich selection (Chef Kevin White makes his mozzarella and cures charcuterie in house, btw), not to mention a crazy delicious mac n cheese with lardons, Wayfare is sure to please midday or for a late dinner.

6. 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.

7. Tivoli & Lee

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Tivoli & Lee is the Hotel Modern's new restaurant, located in the former Tamarind space. Chef Mike Nirenberg, who got his start at Delachaise, Patois, and Oak, does modern Southern cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced produce and meats (FYI, he knows how to cook some vegetables, people). Kimberly Patton Bragg's innovative cocktail program is one of the best in the city, and the proximity to Bellocq ensures a promising, albeit tipsy, experience.

8. Peche

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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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Casa Borrega

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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.

1. Booty's Street Food

800 Louisa St., New Orleans, LA 70117
Chef Greg Fonseca serves up global-inspired street food for lunch and dinner along with inspired cocktails from barman Jeremy JF Thompson at this Bywater hot spot. In the mornings, Booty's takes on more of a coffee shop vibe with local pastries and Stumptown grinds.
800 Louisa St.
New Orleans, LA 70117

2. Maïs Arepas

1200 Carondelet st., New Orleans, LA 70130
Former Baru partner, David Mantilla, is now the poster boy for Central City hotness with his eye-catching Creole Columbian restaurant, Mais. The casual, yet refined style carries over to the menu and has everybody saying arepas, arepas, arepas.
1200 Carondelet st.
New Orleans, LA 70130

3. La Fin du Monde

2917 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
The Garden District's craft cocktail and brunch, lunch, and dinner spot from Bar Tonique's Justus Jagger boasts a duo of talented bartenders of Tonique fame, Michelle McMahon and Geoffrey Wilson, and a young chef, Jonathan Lestingi, ready to impress with a menu that boasts all local ingredients. Housed in the old Cafe Rani space, outdoor seating abounds for nice weather and they serve French Truck coffee.
2917 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

4. 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

5. Wayfare

4510 Freret, New Orleans, LA 70115
This sandwich shop on Freret is so much more than a lunch time destination. With a full bar, plump little bar food menu, and impressively unusual sandwich selection (Chef Kevin White makes his mozzarella and cures charcuterie in house, btw), not to mention a crazy delicious mac n cheese with lardons, Wayfare is sure to please midday or for a late dinner.
4510 Freret
New Orleans, LA 70115

6. 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

7. Tivoli & Lee

New Orleans, LA
Tivoli & Lee is the Hotel Modern's new restaurant, located in the former Tamarind space. Chef Mike Nirenberg, who got his start at Delachaise, Patois, and Oak, does modern Southern cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced produce and meats (FYI, he knows how to cook some vegetables, people). Kimberly Patton Bragg's innovative cocktail program is one of the best in the city, and the proximity to Bellocq ensures a promising, albeit tipsy, experience.

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

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