Curious where New Orleans's in-the-know crowd is eating and drinking? It's easy to spot lines out the door, but some underlying trends are harder to see.
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to deduce which local businesses have been in the limelight this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at New Orleans businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increase their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.
Read on to see which spots are extra cool this spring.
Open since December 2018, this breakfast and brunch and traditional American spot, which offers burgers and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (Traditional)" on Yelp.
Citywide, traditional American spots saw a median 3.3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but IHOP saw a substantial 118.2 percent increase, maintaining a 1.5-star rating throughout.
It's not the only trending outlier in the traditional American category: Two Chicks Café - CBD has seen a 19.7 percent increase in reviews.
Located at 3511 S. Carrollton Ave. in Gert Town, IHOP offers traditional American breafare such as pancakes, French toast, breakfast entrees and omelets.
Cafe Porche and Snowbar
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Central City's Cafe Porche and Snowbar, the cafe and breakfast and brunch and Cajun/Creole spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Cajun/Creole" on Yelp saw a median 2.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Cafe Porche and snowbar bagged a 47.6 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a stellar five-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 3.3 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
There's more that's trending on New Orleans's Cajun/Creole scene: Mahony's Po-Boys & Seafood has seen a 19.2 percent increase in reviews, and Gris-Gris and Clesi's Restaurant & Catering have seen 15.4 and 12.5 percent increases, respectively.
Open at 1625 Baronne St. since April 2018, Cafe Porche and snowbar offers Creole breakfast cuisine like the Big Easy Morning with smothered potatoes, two eggs and grilled chicken, and an a la carte menu featuring grits, toast, biscuits, bacon and more.
Molly's Rise and Shine
Irish Channel's Molly's Rise and Shine is the city's buzziest breakfast and brunch spot by the numbers.
The diner and breakfast and brunch spot, which opened at 2368 Magazine St. in December, increased its new review count by 27.5 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 3.3 percent for the Yelp category "Breakfast & Brunch."
It's not the only trending outlier in the breakfast and brunch category: Fullblast Brunch has seen a 13.7 percent increase in reviews.
Molly's Rise and Shine offers All-Star classics like the deviled egg toasted with cotija whipped egg mousse stuff, refried red beans, cilantro, lime, red onion and pickled peppers; the Grand Slam McMuffin with sage pork patties, hashbrowns and griddled onions; and Colleen's Bagel Bite Tray. Check out the full menu here.
Auction House Market
Open since March 2018, this food court and New American spot, which offers coffee and tea and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp.
Citywide, businesses tagged "American (New)" saw a median 3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Auction House Market saw an 11.5 percent increase, maintaining a healthy 4.5-star rating throughout. It gained 3.3 times more reviews than expected based on past performance, significantly outperforming the previous month.
Located at 801 Magazine St. in Central Business District, Auction House Market offers a variety of different cuisines from a variety of different chefs. Check out the website here for a full line of choices.