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 uncover which eateries 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 getting plenty of attention, right now.
Open since January, this beer garden, wine bar and cocktail bar is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Cocktail Bars" on Yelp.
Citywide, cocktail bars saw a median 2.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Wrong Iron saw a 64.5 percent increase, maintaining a superior four-star rating throughout.
Located at 3532 Toulouse St. in Mid-City, Wrong Iron offers beer, cocktails, wine, frozen drinks and food from its house food truck called Fete Au Fete. Fete Au Fete serves Cajun, Creole, southern and soul food.
The Elysian Bar
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Marigny's The Elysian Bar, the New American spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp saw a median 2.9 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, The Elysian Bar bagged a 47.6 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a convincing 4.5-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.4 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
Open at 2317 Burgundy St. since November 2018, The Elysian Bar offers drinks and a full menu that includes dishes like a duck egg omelet with Cajun caviar buerre monte and triple cream cheese; the chicken liver toast with strawberry and roasted beet mostarda and sorrel; and hanger steak served with carrot pecan Romesco, smoked potatoes and salsa verde. The Elysian Bar also has an assorted menu of cocktails, beer, wine and other beverages.
Ruby Slipper Cafe
The French Quarter's Ruby Slipper Cafe is also making waves. Open since August 2018, at 204 Decatur St., the brunch and traditional American spot has seen a 28.2 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.7 percent for all businesses tagged "American (Traditional)" on Yelp.
Ruby Slipper Cafe offers breakfast cocktails and entrees. Find catfish and grits, the Spanish omelet, banana pecan pancakes and“Eggs Cochon,” made of slow-cooked and apple-braised pork debris that’s served over a buttermilk biscuit and topped with two poached eggs and hollandaise on the menu. Over the past month, it's maintained a superior 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
The French Quarter's Justine is the city's buzziest bar by the numbers.
The bar, brasserie and French spot, which opened at 225 Chartres St. on January, increased its new review count by 31.6 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.7 percent for the Yelp category "Bars."
Justine offers various drinks and brunch, lunch and dinner bites, like the lobster tartine with caviar, brioche and tarragon emulsion, and main plates such as braised lamb shank. Order cool drinks such as Ananas martini and Aviation cocktails.
The French Quarter's French Toast is currently on the upswing in the breakfast and brunch category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp saw a median 3.3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this breakfast and brunch spot increased its by 23.9 percent—and kept its rating consistent at 4.5 stars.
Open for business at 1035 Decatur St. since October 2018, the business offers a range of sweet and savory breakfast and brunch options. Look for banana Nutella crêpes, an omelet with bacon, spinach and gruyere and hanger steak served with eggs, Lyonnaise potatoes and tarragon aioli.