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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.

Only one change this much, but it's a big one. Leaving the map after a very impressive duration of hotness is Maurepas Foods. Coming onto the map this month: Mariza, the much-anticipated Italian-inspired restaurant from the Iris team, now open in the Bywater.

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Toups Meatery

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Unsurprisingly given the name, Toups' Meatery is a meat-centric spot by former Cuvee chef Isaac Toups and his wife Amanda. House-cured meat and house-made sausages (plus other non-meat options) in a comfortable, communal-feeling setting.

Rene Bistrot

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Years ago, French Master Chef René Bajeux ran an earlier version of this restaurant, though the much-beloved bistro never reopened after Katrina. It's now back in the space that used to house LaCote Brasserie in the Renaissance Arts Hotel, though Bajeux is not simply recreating his old menu. There are a number of more contemporary touches, still rooted though in the French bistro tradition.

Saint Lawrence Nola

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Owned by a pair of Ruth's Chris alumni and with the kitchen run by Caleb Cook, an alum of Susan Spicer's restaurants, this bar in the French Quarter does something much better than the typical tourist trap shtick.

Annunciation

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Chef Steve Manning left his longtime post running the kitchen at Clancy's to open his own restaurant near Cochon. Located in the old Deanie's Restaurant, which was completely renovated, all reports suggest Manning's food rivals what he was doing at Clancy's.

Satsuma Maple

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Opened right before Hurricane Isaac, the Uptown location of Satsuma Cafe has great breakfast and lunch fare, including Sugarman's bagels, without the insane lines of the Bywater location (yet, that is).
A drinks-heavy concept from the Commander's Palace team, this beautifully decorated Creole Saloon features Louisiana-inspired fare by chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez and a craft cocktails menu by the iconic bartender Lu Brow. [link]

Serendipity

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Green-Goddess Chef Chris Debarr and Ed Diaz of Bar Tonique have reunited since their days at the Delachaise, bringing exceptional cocktails, an ample wine selection, and eccentric small plates like Lamb Baklava to the American Can Building in Bayou St. John. [link]

Gracious Bakery + Cafe

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Pastry Chef Megan Roen Forman owns and operates this strangely located, but incredibly good bakery and cafe with a great selection of cold and hot sandwiches on housemade breads and a large case of dazzling pastries (Forman worked at Sucre).

Pizza Delicious

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The beloved New York style pizza pop-up in the Bywater is now a full brick and mortar close to Markey Park. Owners Mike Friedman and Greg Augarten's renovations are totally fresh, and you'll still find them behind the counter hand-tossing dough. Dine-in and take out service available, as are vegan pies.

Booty's Street Food

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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.

La Fin du Monde

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The Garden District's new craft cocktail and brunch, lunch, and dinner spot from 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 relies on all local ingredients. Housed in the old Cafe Rani space, outdoor seating abounds for nice weather and they serve French Truck coffee.
The new Italian-Inspired 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.

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Toups Meatery

Unsurprisingly given the name, Toups' Meatery is a meat-centric spot by former Cuvee chef Isaac Toups and his wife Amanda. House-cured meat and house-made sausages (plus other non-meat options) in a comfortable, communal-feeling setting.

Rene Bistrot

Years ago, French Master Chef René Bajeux ran an earlier version of this restaurant, though the much-beloved bistro never reopened after Katrina. It's now back in the space that used to house LaCote Brasserie in the Renaissance Arts Hotel, though Bajeux is not simply recreating his old menu. There are a number of more contemporary touches, still rooted though in the French bistro tradition.

Saint Lawrence Nola

Owned by a pair of Ruth's Chris alumni and with the kitchen run by Caleb Cook, an alum of Susan Spicer's restaurants, this bar in the French Quarter does something much better than the typical tourist trap shtick.

Annunciation

Chef Steve Manning left his longtime post running the kitchen at Clancy's to open his own restaurant near Cochon. Located in the old Deanie's Restaurant, which was completely renovated, all reports suggest Manning's food rivals what he was doing at Clancy's.

Satsuma Maple

Opened right before Hurricane Isaac, the Uptown location of Satsuma Cafe has great breakfast and lunch fare, including Sugarman's bagels, without the insane lines of the Bywater location (yet, that is).

SoBou

A drinks-heavy concept from the Commander's Palace team, this beautifully decorated Creole Saloon features Louisiana-inspired fare by chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez and a craft cocktails menu by the iconic bartender Lu Brow. [link]

Serendipity

Green-Goddess Chef Chris Debarr and Ed Diaz of Bar Tonique have reunited since their days at the Delachaise, bringing exceptional cocktails, an ample wine selection, and eccentric small plates like Lamb Baklava to the American Can Building in Bayou St. John. [link]

Gracious Bakery + Cafe

Pastry Chef Megan Roen Forman owns and operates this strangely located, but incredibly good bakery and cafe with a great selection of cold and hot sandwiches on housemade breads and a large case of dazzling pastries (Forman worked at Sucre).

Pizza Delicious

The beloved New York style pizza pop-up in the Bywater is now a full brick and mortar close to Markey Park. Owners Mike Friedman and Greg Augarten's renovations are totally fresh, and you'll still find them behind the counter hand-tossing dough. Dine-in and take out service available, as are vegan pies.

Booty's Street Food

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.

La Fin du Monde

The Garden District's new craft cocktail and brunch, lunch, and dinner spot from 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 relies on all local ingredients. Housed in the old Cafe Rani space, outdoor seating abounds for nice weather and they serve French Truck coffee.

Mariza

The new Italian-Inspired 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.

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