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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Toups Meatery

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Carrollton
New Orleans, La 70119
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.

2. Rene Bistrot

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700 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 613-2350
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.

3. Saint Lawrence Nola

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219 N Peters St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-4111
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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.

4. 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.

5. Satsuma Maple

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7901 Maple Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 304-5962
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).

6. SoBou

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310 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 552-4095
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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]

7. Serendipity

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5227 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
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]

8. Gracious Bakery + Cafe

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1000 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 301-3709
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).

9. Pizza Delicious

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617 Piety St
New Orleans, La 70117
(504) 676-8482
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.

10. 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.

11. La Fin du Monde

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2917 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
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.

12. Mariza

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2900 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 598-5700
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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1. Toups Meatery

Carrollton, New Orleans, La 70119
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.
Carrollton
New Orleans, La 70119

2. Rene Bistrot

700 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
700 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

3. Saint Lawrence Nola

219 N Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
219 N Peters St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

4. Annunciation

New Orleans, LA
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.

5. Satsuma Maple

7901 Maple Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
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).
7901 Maple Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

6. SoBou

310 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
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]
310 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Serendipity

5227 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115
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]
5227 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. Gracious Bakery + Cafe

1000 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70125
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).
1000 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy
New Orleans, LA 70125

9. Pizza Delicious

617 Piety St, New Orleans, La 70117
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.
617 Piety St
New Orleans, La 70117

10. 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

11. La Fin du Monde

2917 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
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.
2917 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

12. Mariza

2900 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117
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.
2900 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117

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