Want the scoop on New Orleans's most talked-about local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to analyze which restaurants have been in the limelight 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 on a hot streak this summer.
Que Rico! Cuban Cafe
Open since 2018, this cafe and Cuban and Spanish spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Cafes" on Yelp.
Citywide, cafes saw a median 1.9 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Que Rico! Cuban Cafe saw an 18.2 percent increase, maintaining a strong 4.5-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Que Rico! Cuban Cafe's review count increased by more than 170 percent.
Located at 4200 Magazine St. in East Riverside, Que Rico! Cuban Cafe offers tostones rellenos de pollo, yuca frita, Cubano sandwiches and more.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about the French Quarter's Tahyo Tavern, the cocktail bar and Latin American and comfort food spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Cocktail Bars" on Yelp saw a median 2.3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Tahyo Tavern bagged a 12.4 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a healthy 4.5-star rating.
Open at 1140 Decatur St. since 2014, Tahyo Tavern offers smoked mac and cheese, fried green tomatoes, burgers, po'boys and more.
Daisy Dukes Express
Central Business District's Daisy Dukes Express is also making waves. Open since 2012 at 123 Carondelet St., the popular Cajun/Creole, breakfast and brunch and Southern spot has seen a 3.5 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.9 percent for all businesses tagged "Southern" on Yelp. However, on a month-to-month basis Daisy Dukes Express's review count increased by more than 230 percent.
Daisy Dukes Express offers biscuits and country gravy, an alligator omelet, crawfish hushpuppies and more. Over the past month, it's maintained a superior four-star rating among Yelpers.
The French Quarter's French Toast is the city's buzziest breakfast and brunch spot by the numbers.
The breakfast and brunch spot, which opened at 1035 Decatur St. in 2018, increased its new review count by 9.1 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.9 percent for the Yelp category "Breakfast & Brunch."
French Toast offers chicken and waffles, catfish toast, sweet crepes and more.
The French Quarter's Gumbo Ya-Ya is currently on the upswing in the Cajun/Creole category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Cajun/Creole" on Yelp saw a median 1.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this Cajun/Creole and breakfast and brunch spot increased its new reviews by 7.2 percent—and kept its rating consistent at 3.5 stars.
Open for business at 600 Decatur St. since 2017, the business offers crispy fried okra, muffaletta sliders, a selection of gumbo, salads and more.