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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.

Coming on the map this month is Riverbend gem Carrollton Market and Rob Bechtold's new brick-and-mortar NOLA Smokehouse. Peche departs after almost a year on the heatmap, as does Lucky Rooster . Recently-revamped Broussard's also departs to make way for newly-revamped La Boca.

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


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
November 2013: Marti's
December 2013: Doris Metropolitan, Ivy
January 2014: Oxalis
February 2014: MoPho
March 2014: Bevi Seafood Co.

· All Hot Hot Heat! [-ENOLA-]

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Casa Borrega

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1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 427-0654
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Hugo Montero and Linda Stone's salvaged 19th Century house on OCH is a cultural hub, featuring food truck nights, live music, fundraisers. Mexican street food and authentic drinks available Tuesday-Saturday for lunch (starts at 11 a.m.) and dinner.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Marti's

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1041 Dumaine St
New Orleans, LA 70116
The legendary restaurant, which closed up shop in 1988— the space also housed popular Peristyle and shortlived Wolfe's after that— has been lovingly resurrected by the owner of Gautreau's, Patrick and Rebecca Singley. Chef Drew Lockett cooks impressive rustic bistro fare, and a wealth of raw bar options that dazzle. Also, they're open until midnight, Wednesday-Saturday.

6. Doris Metropolitan

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620 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
This sleek new steakhouse in the Quarter from international restaurateurs Doris Rebi Chia and Itai Ben Eli includes an in-house butcher shop and extensive wine list. It's all the buzz with restaurant critics of late, making this a hotness that can't be denied if you're in the mood for luxurious dry-aged beef and a taste of the Mediterranean.
5015 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA
Gautreau's Patrick Singley and chef Sue Zemanick bring small plates and craft cocktails to a lounge setting, in this tiny ivy-covered restaurant on Magazine Street.

8. oxalis

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3162 Dauphine Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
The team behind La Fin Du Monde has moved downtown to open their new gastropub Oxalis, featuring a whiskey-focused drink selection and classic cocktails from Sonali Fernando, and chef Jonathan Lestingi's fun food offerings, ranging from upscale wings to cauliflower steak. Unlike La Fin Du Monde though, looks like Oxalis will not be a brunch destination, with evening hours only (at this time).

9. MoPho

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514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-6845
Former August chef Michael Gulotta and partners Jeff Gulotta and Jeffrey Bybee, bring Vietnamese with a Louisiana twist— think pho with headcheese— to this hot new Mid City spot, featuring a fire pit for roasting meats, an outdoor deck, and an array of boozy bubble teas.

10. Bevi Seafood Co.

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4701 Airline Drive
Metairie, LA 70001
This seafood market/restaurant, opened by Nola native/Peristyle and Southern Yacht Club alum Justin Leblanc and family, has been gaining critics' approval and a big fan-base since opening around the New Year, but now that crawfish season is in full effect, Bevi lands on the heatmap. Perfect for all your crawfish needs, plus a solid menu of take home items, po' boys, tamales, seafood, and more make this worth the trip down Airline Dr. in Metairie.

11. Carrollton Market

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8132 Hampson St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 252-9928
Chef Jason Goodenough brings both traditional and modern Southern cuisine to this elegant new Riverbend restaurant in the former One space.

12. La Boca Steaks

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870 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-8205
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Folks are all abuzz about Adolfo Garcia's Argentinian steakhouse, because they just moved into the former a Mano space. More seating, a slick new revamp, but the same iImpeccable service, steak, and insanely decadent provoleta grilled cheese appetizer.

13. NOLA Smokehouse

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739 Jackson Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 418-2591
Rob Bechtold's highly regarded pop up has new permanent digs in the LGD. Open Tuesday thru Saturday at 11 a.m. until they run out (or 5 p.m.), this is the spot for all thing barbecue including crazy specials like smoked escargot.

1. Casa Borrega

1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113
Hugo Montero and Linda Stone's salvaged 19th Century house on OCH is a cultural hub, featuring food truck nights, live music, fundraisers. Mexican street food and authentic drinks available Tuesday-Saturday for lunch (starts at 11 a.m.) and dinner.
1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113

2. 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.

3. 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

4. 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

5. Marti's

1041 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116
The legendary restaurant, which closed up shop in 1988— the space also housed popular Peristyle and shortlived Wolfe's after that— has been lovingly resurrected by the owner of Gautreau's, Patrick and Rebecca Singley. Chef Drew Lockett cooks impressive rustic bistro fare, and a wealth of raw bar options that dazzle. Also, they're open until midnight, Wednesday-Saturday.
1041 Dumaine St
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Doris Metropolitan

620 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
This sleek new steakhouse in the Quarter from international restaurateurs Doris Rebi Chia and Itai Ben Eli includes an in-house butcher shop and extensive wine list. It's all the buzz with restaurant critics of late, making this a hotness that can't be denied if you're in the mood for luxurious dry-aged beef and a taste of the Mediterranean.
620 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Ivy

5015 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
Gautreau's Patrick Singley and chef Sue Zemanick bring small plates and craft cocktails to a lounge setting, in this tiny ivy-covered restaurant on Magazine Street.
5015 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA

8. oxalis

3162 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
The team behind La Fin Du Monde has moved downtown to open their new gastropub Oxalis, featuring a whiskey-focused drink selection and classic cocktails from Sonali Fernando, and chef Jonathan Lestingi's fun food offerings, ranging from upscale wings to cauliflower steak. Unlike La Fin Du Monde though, looks like Oxalis will not be a brunch destination, with evening hours only (at this time).
3162 Dauphine Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

9. MoPho

514 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Former August chef Michael Gulotta and partners Jeff Gulotta and Jeffrey Bybee, bring Vietnamese with a Louisiana twist— think pho with headcheese— to this hot new Mid City spot, featuring a fire pit for roasting meats, an outdoor deck, and an array of boozy bubble teas.
514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

10. Bevi Seafood Co.

4701 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA 70001
This seafood market/restaurant, opened by Nola native/Peristyle and Southern Yacht Club alum Justin Leblanc and family, has been gaining critics' approval and a big fan-base since opening around the New Year, but now that crawfish season is in full effect, Bevi lands on the heatmap. Perfect for all your crawfish needs, plus a solid menu of take home items, po' boys, tamales, seafood, and more make this worth the trip down Airline Dr. in Metairie.
4701 Airline Drive
Metairie, LA 70001

11. Carrollton Market

8132 Hampson St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Chef Jason Goodenough brings both traditional and modern Southern cuisine to this elegant new Riverbend restaurant in the former One space.
8132 Hampson St
New Orleans, LA 70118

12. La Boca Steaks

870 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Folks are all abuzz about Adolfo Garcia's Argentinian steakhouse, because they just moved into the former a Mano space. More seating, a slick new revamp, but the same iImpeccable service, steak, and insanely decadent provoleta grilled cheese appetizer.
870 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. NOLA Smokehouse

739 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Rob Bechtold's highly regarded pop up has new permanent digs in the LGD. Open Tuesday thru Saturday at 11 a.m. until they run out (or 5 p.m.), this is the spot for all thing barbecue including crazy specials like smoked escargot.
739 Jackson Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

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