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Where to Eat Right Now: New Orleans Heatmap Update

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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 crowds are flocking to at the moment.

The map says goodbye to hotties Borgne, Magasin and Restaurant R'evolution this month. Coming onto the map are two extremely hot Bywater destinations, Pizza Delicious and Booty's Street Food, and Central City's hotness, Columbian Creole restaurant Maïs Arepas.

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. Root

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200 Julia Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 252-9480
By Philip Lopez, formerly the chef at tapas restaurant Rambla, Root describes itself as "Modern American cuisine rooted in traditional flavors and techniques." The spot, located where Feast used to be, allows Lopez to get pretty creative with his dishes.

2. Maurepas Foods

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3200 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 267-0072
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Opened in January by a crew of "fine dining refugees" including chef Michael Doyle who was the sous chef at Dante's Kitchen, Maurepas Foods does fine dining quality food without any of the fuss. Like at Dante's Kitchen, the focus is very much on the freshness of the ingredients, especially the veggies.

3. 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.

4. ANNUNCIATION

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1016 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 568-0245
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. 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.

6. 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.

7. Satsuma Maple

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

8. 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.

9. Serendipity

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3800 Orleans Ave.
New Orleans, LA LA
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.

10. 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).

11. Pizza Delicious

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

12. 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.

13. 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, Maiuml;s. The casual, yet refined style carries over to the menu and has everybody saying arepas, arepas, arepas.

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1. Root

200 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
By Philip Lopez, formerly the chef at tapas restaurant Rambla, Root describes itself as "Modern American cuisine rooted in traditional flavors and techniques." The spot, located where Feast used to be, allows Lopez to get pretty creative with his dishes.
200 Julia Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

2. Maurepas Foods

3200 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Opened in January by a crew of "fine dining refugees" including chef Michael Doyle who was the sous chef at Dante's Kitchen, Maurepas Foods does fine dining quality food without any of the fuss. Like at Dante's Kitchen, the focus is very much on the freshness of the ingredients, especially the veggies.
3200 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

3. 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

4. ANNUNCIATION

1016 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
1016 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA 70130

5. 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

6. 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

7. Satsuma Maple

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

8. 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.
310 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Serendipity

3800 Orleans Ave., New Orleans, LA LA
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.
3800 Orleans Ave.
New Orleans, LA LA

10. 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

11. Pizza Delicious

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

12. 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

13. 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, Maiuml;s. The casual, yet refined style carries over to the menu and has everybody saying arepas, arepas, arepas.
1200 Carondelet st.
New Orleans, LA 70130

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