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In the know: What's heating up New Orleans's food scene this month

Want the inside word on New Orleans's most talked-about local spots?

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 increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

Read on to see which spots are riding a trend, right now.

Gumbo Ya-Ya

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Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about the French Quarter's Gumbo Ya-Ya, the Cajun/Creole spot is a hot topic, according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as "Cajun/Creole" on Yelp saw a median 2% increase in new reviews over the past month, Gumbo Ya-Ya bagged an 8.5% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 4.3 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.

Open at 600 Decatur St. since October 2017, Gumbo Ya-Ya offers serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails. Look for fried alligator, gumbos, crawfish etouffee, po'boys and more on the menu.

There's more that's trending on New Orleans's Cajun/Creole scene: Mahony's Po-Boys & Seafood has seen a 9.3% increase in reviews, and Morrow's and The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar have seen 9.1% and 8.9% increases, respectively.

Bayou Bistro Louisiana Cuisine

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Mid-City's Bayou Bistro Louisiana Cuisine is also making waves. Open since January 2018 at 3340 Bienville St., the Cajun/Creole spot has seen a 9.8% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.6% for all businesses tagged "Sandwiches" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Bayou Bistro Louisiana Cuisine's review count increased by more than 170%.

Bayou Bistro Louisiana Cuisine offers authentic Louisiana-style Creole and Cajun cuisine for lunch and dinner. The menu features highlights seafood, such as crab cakes, turtle soup, catfish and fried oyster sandwiches. Over the past month, it's maintained a mixed 3.5-star rating among Yelpers.

Molly's Rise and Shine

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Irish Channel's Molly's Rise and Shine is the city's buzziest breakfast and brunch spot by the numbers.

The diner, which opened at 2368 Magazine St. last December, increased its new review count by 15.6% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.7% for the Yelp category "Breakfast & Brunch."

It's not the only trending outlier in the breakfast and brunch category: French Toast has seen a 13% increase in reviews, and Ruby Slipper Cafe has seen a 12.4% bump.

Molly's Rise and Shine offers classic American and Mexican fare. The menu features deviled egg tostadas, sweet potato burrito and roasted carrot yogurt.

Boil Seafood House


East Riverside's Boil Seafood House is currently on the upswing in the seafood category on Yelp.

While businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp saw a median 2.2% increase in new reviews over the past month, this seafood spot increased its new reviews by 9.1%—and kept its rating consistent at four stars.

Open at 3340 Magazine St. since April 2018, the restaurant specializes in fresh seafood dishes. Look for oyster caviar, char-grilled crab, lobster, clams and mussels on the menu.

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