Want the scoop on New Orleans's most happening local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to uncover which eateries have been in the spotlight 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 sizzling hot this spring.
Open since last April, this Cajun/Creole spot, which offers seafood and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp.
Citywide, seafood spots saw a median 2.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Morrow's saw a 15.2 percent increase, maintaining a sound four-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Morrow's's review count increased by more than 270 percent.
It's not the only trending outlier in the seafood category: Clesi's Restaurant & Catering has seen a 12.9 percent increase in reviews, and Landry's Seafood House and Heard Dat Kitchen have seen 4.7 and 8.3 percent increases, respectively.
Located at 2438 St. Claude Ave. in Marigny, Morrow's offers everything from po'boy sandwiches and crawfish bread to oysters, catfish and grilled salmon. (The full menu can be seen here.)
Coterie Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Central Business District's Coterie Restaurant & Oyster Bar, the well-established Cajun/Creole, Southern and breakfast and brunch spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Southern" on Yelp saw a median 2.3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Coterie Restaurant & Oyster Bar bagged a 12.9 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a strong four-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.8 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
Open at 135 Decatur St. since 2017, Coterie Restaurant & Oyster Bar offers a plethora of breakfast, lunch and dinner fare options. In the morning, look out for breakfast skillets and New Orleans-style eggs Benedict. For lunch, expect po'boys and burgers. For dinner, hone in on popular choices such as shrimp pasta, roasted chicken or the special Taste of New Orleans Platter — chicken, sausage jambalaya and gumbo, all prepared in house crawfish etouttee. (Here is the full menu.)
Another Broken Egg Cafe
Lakeview's Another Broken Egg Cafe is the city's buzziest breakfast and brunch spot by the numbers.
The well-established cafe and breakfast and brunch and traditional American spot, which opened at 607 Harrison Ave. in 2014, increased its new review count by 6.6 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 3.5 percent for the Yelp category "Breakfast & Brunch." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 7.5 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
Another Broken Egg Cafe offers sweet and savory pancakes and french toast for breakfast; New Orleans specialties like the Louisiana Crawfish Skillet for brunch; and a variety of burgers and sandwiches for lunch. Thirsty? Grab a libation to pair with your fare. This place also caters. (Here's the menu.)
Lower Garden District's Gris-Gris is currently on the upswing in the Cajun/Creole category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Cajun/Creole" on Yelp saw a median 2.7 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this Cajun/Creole spot increased its by 11.9 percent—and kept its rating consistent at 4.5 stars.
There's more abuzz in the world of New Orleans Cajun/Creole: Landry's Seafood House has seen a 11.7 percent increase in reviews.
Open for business at 1800 Magazine St. since August, it offers both lunch and dinner fare for its customers. In the afternoon, hone in on popular menu choices such as the roast beef po'boy or seafood stuffed crab with mixed greens and cherry tomatoes. Signature cocktails, wine and beer are all available. Appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches round out this spot's menu.