Want the dirt on New Orleans's buzziest local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to uncover which restaurants have been getting a significant uptick in attention 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 the 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 getting plenty of attention right now.
Open since 2018, this Caribbean, soul food and bar spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp.
Citywide, bars saw a median 2.5 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Bonnets Nola saw a 62.5 percent increase, maintaining a strong 4.5-star rating throughout.
It's not the only trending outlier in the bar category: Tchoup Yard has seen an 8.7 percent increase in reviews.
Located at 1910 Magazine St. in Lower Garden District, Bonnets Nola offers Caribbean and soul food specialties, such as jerk rolls, gulf shrimp, collard greens and plantains.
Mahony's Po-Boys & Seafood
The French Quarter's Mahony's Po-Boys & Seafood is also making waves. Open since 2018 at 901 Iberville St., the Cajun/Creole spot, which offers seafood and more, has seen a 24.2 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.6 percent for all businesses tagged "Cajun/Creole" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Mahony's Po-Boys & Seafood's review count increased by more than 460 percent.
There's more than one hotspot trending in New Orleans's Cajun/Creole category: Morrow's has seen a 13.9 percent increase in reviews, and Landry's Seafood House and Coterie Restaurant & Oyster Bar have seen 12.9 and 12.6 percent increases, respectively.
Mahony's Po-Boys & Seafood specializes in Po-boys, but also offers a wide variety of salads and seafood. Over the past month, it's maintained a healthy four-star rating among Yelpers.
Bayou Bistro Louisiana Cuisine
Mid-City's Bayou Bistro Louisiana Cuisine is the city's buzziest sandwich spot by the numbers.
The Cajun/Creole spot, which offers seafood and sandwiches and opened at 3340 Bienville St. in 2018, increased its new review count by 11.9 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of two percent for the Yelp category "Sandwiches." It outperformed the previous month by gaining two times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
Bayou Bistro Louisiana Cuisine offers a full menu ranging from appetizers, soups and salads to entrees and seafood platters. Their sandwich shop features shrimp, catfish, oysters, sausage, roast beef and the traditional hamburger and chicken sandwich.
House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
The French Quarter's House of Blues Restaurant & Bar is currently on the upswing in the New American category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp saw a median 2.7 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this Southern and New American spot, which offers burgers and more, increased by 17.2 percent—and kept its rating consistent at four stars. Review counts increased by more than 180 percent on a month-to-month basis.
There's more abuzz in the world of New Orleans New American: Flamingo A-Go-Go has seen an 8.5 percent increase in reviews.
Open for business at 225 Decatur St. since 2017, the business offers, in addition to the standard appetizer, salad and sandwich fare, a wide variety of local, favorite entrees, including shrimp and grits, jambalaya, country fried steak, brisket, pulled pork and Andouille sausage. Don't forget the World Famous Gospel Brunch on Sundays with an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring Southern dishes and the ever-popular chicken and waffles.
Open since 2018, this breakfast and brunch spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp.
Citywide, businesses tagged "Breakfast & Brunch" saw a median 3.5 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Fullblast Brunch saw a 13.7 percent increase, with a slight upward trend from a four-star rating a month ago to 4.5 stars today.
There's more than one place trending in New Orleans's breakfast and brunch category: Another Broken Egg Cafe has seen a 6.6 percent increase in reviews.
Located at 139 S. Cortez St. in Mid-City, Fullblast Brunch offers eggs, omelets and an array of other brunch items, such as creole shrimp and grits and french toast. A beverage lineup features alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea and juices. Lunch and kids' menu items are also available.