Trend alert: What's heating up New Orleans's food scene this month

As fans of cronuts and cake pops can attest, food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending today?

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to analyze which eateries have been getting a significant increase 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 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 this spring.

Justine

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Open since January, this cafe, bar and French spot from James Beard award-winner Justin Devillier is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp.

Citywide, bars saw a median 2.2 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Justine saw an imposing 138.5 percent increase, maintaining a superior four-star rating throughout.

Located at 225 Chartres St. in the French Quarter, Justine offers traditional French dishes, like steak frites and croquet monsieur, alongside classic cocktails, cognac, wine and Champagne.

The Ruby Slipper Cafe

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Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about the French Quarter's The Ruby Slipper Cafe, the breakfast and brunch spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as "American (Traditional)" on Yelp saw a median 2.2 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, The Ruby Slipper Cafe bagged a 42.5 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a solid 4.5-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.9 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.

There's more that's trending on New Orleans's traditional American scene: Two Chicks Café has seen a 24.6 percent increase in reviews, and Picnic Provisions & Whiskey has seen a 19.6 percent bump.

Open at 204 Decatur St. since last August, this location of The Ruby Slipper Cafe mini-chain offers numerous takes on the eggs Benedict, plus omelets, french toast and waffles, and sandwiches.

Wrong Iron

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Mid-City's Wrong Iron is also making waves. Open since January at 3532 Toulouse St., the beer garden, wine bar and cocktail bar has seen an imposing 107.7 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 3.4 percent for all businesses tagged "Cocktail Bars" on Yelp.

Wrong Iron offers frozen drinks, like the Kentucky Mule (Amador Kentucky Bourbon and ginger sour) and a margarita, plus six more cocktails available on tap. Over the past month, it's seen its Yelp rating improve from 3.5 stars to four stars.

French Toast

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The French Quarter's French Toast is the city's buzziest breakfast and brunch spot by the numbers.

This extension of the Toast restaurant brand, which opened at 1035 Decatur St. in October, increased its new review count by 31.4 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.7 percent for the Yelp category "Breakfast & Brunch." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.4 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.

French Toast offers sweet and savory crêpes, numerous egg dishes, the Danish pastry balls known as aebleskivers, and of course French toast, which is served with fruit and maple syrup.

Tackle Box

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Finally, Downtown's Tackle Box is currently on the upswing in the Southern category on Yelp.

While businesses categorized as "Southern" on Yelp saw a median 3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this breakfast and brunch and Southern spot increased its by 20.6 percent—and kept its rating consistent at four stars. Review counts increased by more than 220 percent on a month-to-month basis.

Open for business at 817 Common St. since last summer, the business offers seafood options like grilled catfish and an oyster po'boy, as well as grits, alligator poppers, and Southern fried chicken.


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