Want the intel on New Orleans's buzziest local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to deduce which restaurants have been most discussed 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 riding a trend this spring.
Open since 2018, this Cajun/Creole spot, which offers seafood and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Cajun/Creole" on Yelp.
Citywide, Cajun/Creole spots saw a median 2.3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Le Bayou saw a 66.7 percent increase, with an upward trend from a 2.5-star rating a month ago to 3.5 stars today. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Le Bayou's review count increased by more than 330 percent.
It's not the only trending outlier in the Cajun/Creole category: Gumbo Ya-Ya has seen a 9.9 percent increase in reviews, and Juan's Flying Burrito and Gallier Restaurant & Oyster Bar have seen 5.9 and 6 percent increases, respectively.
Located at 503 Bourbon St. in the French Quarter, Le Bayou offers everything from seafood to burgers.
Royal Sushi & Bar
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Marigny's Royal Sushi & Bar, the sushi bar and bar, which offers ramen and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp saw a median 2.7 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Royal Sushi & Bar bagged a 10.3 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a strong four-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 2.5 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
The Governor Restaurant & Seafood Bar
The French Quarter's The Governor Restaurant & Seafood Bar is also making waves. Open since April of 2018 at 301 Chartres St., the Cajun/Creole and New American spot, which offers seafood and more, has seen an 8.4 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.7 percent for all businesses tagged "American (New)" on Yelp.
The Governor Restaurant & Seafood Bar offers appetizers such as fried alligator, fried shrimp deviled eggs and Cajun boudin bombs. Po'boys, an oyster bar and classic New Orleans comfort food are on the entree menu. Over the past month, it's seen its Yelp rating tick down from 4.5 stars to four stars.
Heard Dat Kitchen
Central City's Heard Dat Kitchen is the city's buzziest seafood spot by the numbers.
The well-established Cajun/Creole and soul food spot, which offers seafood and more and opened at 2520 Felicity St. in 2015, increased its new review count by 7.9 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.4 percent for the Yelp category "Seafood."
Heard Dat Kitchen offers a limited menu, but it is focused around the fresh seafood that can be found in Louisiana.
Goldbergs Fine Foods
Central Business District's Goldbergs Fine Foods is currently on the upswing in the breakfast and brunch category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp saw a median 3.4 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this deli and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers bagels and more, increased its by 9.7 percent—and kept its rating consistent at four stars.
Open for business at 925 Common St. since May of 2018, the business offers everything from omelettes to burgers to appetizers. Some of the sandwiches the restaurant offers are roast brisket, pastrami and oven-roasted turkey.