Curious where New Orleans' 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 discover 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 sizzling hot, right now.
Open since 2018, this cocktail bar and high-end Cajun/Creole restaurant is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Cajun/Creole" on Yelp.
Citywide, Cajun/Creole restaurants saw a median 1.7% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Jack Rose saw a 10.4% increase, maintaining a convincing 4.5-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Jack Rose's review count increased by more than 200%.
Located at 2031 St. Charles Ave. in the historic Pontchartrain Hotel, Jack Rose offers a mix of New Orleans-inspired French, Italian and Spanish dishes. The dinner menu features pompano with saffron, red snapper served with risotto, roasted duck with bellegarde corn grits and short ribs marsala.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Tulane-Gravier's Fharmacy, the popular bar and traditional American restaurant is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp saw a median 2.5% increase in new reviews over the past month, Fharmacy bagged a 5.4% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a sound 4.5-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 2.4 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
Open at 2540 Banks St. since 2016, Fharmacy features burgers with avocado aioli, grilled jalapeños or grilled portobello mushrooms, as well as pastrami and club sandwiches, wings, salads and wraps.
Turkey and the Wolf
The Lower Garden District's Turkey and the Wolf is also making waves. Open since 2018 at 739 Jackson Ave., the sandwich spot and cocktail bar has seen a 2.8% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.4% for all businesses tagged "Sandwiches" on Yelp.
Turkey and the Wolf offers such sandwiches as roasted sweet potato with whipped feta, slow-cooked pork shoulder with habaneros and oranges and slow-cooked collard greens with melted Swiss cheese. Craft cocktails are also on the menu.
Over the past month, the sandwich shop has maintained a sound 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.