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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.

The map slims down for the New Year with Tableau and Kingfish bowing out gracefully, and the more casual Bywater gastropub Oxalis stepping in.

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
November 2013: Marti's
December 2013: Doris Metropolitan, Ivy

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Broussard's

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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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Ivy

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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.

12. 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).

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

6. 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

7. 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

8. Broussard's

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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

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