Unsure where New Orleans's insiders are eating and drinking? It's easy to spot lines out the door, but some underlying trends are harder to see.
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to deduce which local businesses have been seeing especially high review volumes 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 increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.
Read on to see which spots are extra cool this summer.
Open since March, this gastropub and cocktail bar is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Cocktail Bars" on Yelp.
Citywide, cocktail bars saw a median 2.8% increase in new reviews over the past month, but The Library saw an 80% increase, maintaining a solid 4.5-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis The Library's review count increased by more than 150%.
It's not the only trending outlier in the cocktail bar category: Manolito has seen a 17.2% increase in reviews.
Located at 3629 Prytania St. in Touro, The Library offers Scotch eggs, fried chicken, sandwiches and cocktails.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about the French Quarter's Justine, the French brasserie and bar is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp saw a median 2.1% increase in new reviews over the past month, Justine bagged a 22% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating.
Open at 225 Chartres St. since January, Justine serves brunch, lunch, dinner and late night snacks as well as beer, wine and cocktails. Look for French onion soup, lamb shanks, seafood, salads and more on the menu.
Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar & Fish House
The French Quarter's Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar & Fish House is also making waves. Open since last November at 821 Iberville St., the seafood spot has seen a 25% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.3% for all businesses tagged "Seafood" on Yelp.
There's more than one hot spot trending in New Orleans's seafood category: New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co. has seen a 3.9% increase in reviews.
Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar & Fish House offers oysters on the half shell, served raw, steamed or broiled, as well as soups, salad, jambalaya, po'boys and Louisiana seafood platters. Over the past month, it's maintained a healthy four-star rating among Yelpers.
Lower Garden District's Gris-Gris is the city's buzziest Cajun/Creole spot by the numbers.
The Cajun/Creole spot, which opened at 1800 Magazine St. last August, increased its new review count by 7.3% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.1% for the Yelp category "Cajun/Creole."
It's not the only trending outlier in the Cajun/Creole category: Clesi's Restaurant & Catering has seen a 7% increase in reviews.
Gris-Gris serves lunch, dinner and drinks, and you'll find gumbo, po'boys, seafood, steak more on the menu.
Legacy Kitchen's Craft Tavern
The Warehouse District's popular Legacy Kitchen's Craft Tavern is currently on the upswing in the breakfast and brunch category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp saw a median 2.5% increase in new reviews over the past month, this Cajun/Creole spot, which offers seafood and more, increased its new reviews by 4.3%—and kept its rating consistent at 3.5 stars. Review counts increased by more than 200% on a month-to-month basis.
Open for business at 700 Tchoupitoulas St. since 2015, the restaurant offers out-of-the-ordinary dishes such as duck nachos, turtle soup, a fire-roasted Anaheim chile burger and barbecue shrimp and grits. Hand-crafted cocktails, beer and wine are also on the menu.