New Orleans Top 25 Restaurants: August 2017

The restaurant industry in New Orleans is exemplary of endurance, hard work and strong community ties. From rebuilding after a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina, serving as a social hub to provide normalcy to the community in a time of need, to becoming a major driver of the city’s economy, recently leading in restaurant openings across the nation. NOLA, as the Big Easy has been popularly called in the last decade, serves as a great model to follow for places like Houston, Texas, the Florida Keys and even Puerto Rico, which all have suffered major hits from hurricanes in 2017.

Today, we bring you details on the best restaurants which have landed on Foodable’s New Orleans Top 25 list.

Balise, a Top 25 veteran, not only made the Top 10 list, but also stole the coveted No. 1 spot after placing No. 12 in our last ranking. It is owned and operated by the same people that are behind La Petite Grocery, which ranks at No. 15 in this list.

Other veterans that join Balise in the Top 10 list, include; St. Roch Market at No. 5, Paladar 511 at No. 6, and Pêche at No. 10, each previously ranking at No. 19, No. 13, and No. 15, respectively.

After a long hiatus, Cochon Butcher is back at No. 2 demonstrating a big jump in ranking. We hadn’t seen this swine-forward restaurant grace our Top 25 list since 2015, but last time Foodable was in NOLA we were sure to stop by to check it out. Watch the Fast Casual Nation episode, here.

At No. 3, you can find N7, the hidden, underground French bistro that keeps proving to be successful without any online presence. Though the restaurant doesn’t have a company website or social media handles, that doesn’t stop adventurous visitors from talking and posting about it online.

Two newcomers to the Top 25 list, are: Brigtsen’s Restaurant at the No. 11 spot and Clancy’s at No. 18. Brigtsen’s is named after its owners, Chef Frank, and his wife, Marna Brigtsen, boasting Creole/Acadian cooking. An interesting plate to try is the Brigtsen’s Baked Oyster with bacon, leeks, creamed spinach and romano.

Lastly, back to the hot list after a short hiatus, are: Avo at No. 22, Boucherie at No. 23, and Galatorie’s at No. 25.

New Orleans foodies get ready to dig in!

  1. Balise | 178.69 
  2. Cochon Butcher | VIDEO | 178.51
  3. N7 | 178.49 
  4. Compère Lapin | 178.44 
  5. St. Roch Market | 177.61 
  6. Paladar 511 | 177.49 
  7. Coquette | 176.97 
  8. Josephine Estelle | 175.97 
  9. MOPHO | VIDEO | 175.94
  10. Pêche | 175.92 
  11. Brigtsen's Restaurant | 175.66 
  12. Cavan | 175.19 
  13. Sac-a-Lait | 175.11 
  14. Salon by Sucré | 174.91 
  15. La Petite Grocery | 174.58 
  16. Angeline | 174.55 
  17. Toups' Meatery | 174.29 
  18. Clancy's | 173.99 
  19. Sylvain | 173.64 
  20. Bacchanal Wine | 173.29 
  21. McClure's at NOLA Brewing | 173.16 
  22. Avo | 173.05 
  23. Boucherie | 172.81 
  24. ROOT | VIDEO | 172.64
  25. Galatorie's | 172.57

Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: April 2017

Hey Chicago! Foodable’s top 25 restaurants list is back and you won’t be disappointed. There are five NEW restaurants making the coveted list this ranking, including the No. 1! Breaking into this list isn’t easy considering how competitive the culinary scene is in the Windy City.

Foodable welcomes Monteverde at No. 1. At the helm of the kitchen at this modern Italian restaurant is the culinary mastermind, Sarah Grueneberg. Just this week, she was given the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Great Lakes and was one of the two Chi-town chefs to win. 

At a close second is the top 25 veteran, The Aviary, a swanky cocktail lounge known for its tasty small bites. Rounding out the top three is another top 25 veteran, Nellcote, a posh American restaurant known for its small plates, cocktails and brunch. 

Like we said, there are quite a few restaurants making their debut on this list! Besides Monteverde, we have the upscale Ronero at No. 11 serving Latin American fare and the Mexican restaurant Quiote at No. 19. We also welcome Entente at No. 20, a posh restaurant with New American fare and a reservations-only chef’s tasting menu and at No. 21 is Ella Elli, an Italian-Mediterranean restaurant, known for its small plates. 

Check out the rest of the list below! 

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  1. Monteverde | 181.88 
  2. The Aviary | VIDEO | 180.22
  3. Nellcote | 180.17 
  4. Swift & Sons | VIDEO | 180.16
  5. Fat Rice | 179.48 
  6. Two Restaurant | VIDEO | 179.27
  7. The Bristol | VIDEO | 179.23
  8. Parachute | 179.03 
  9. Boka | VIDEO | 178.22
  10. CH Distillery | VIDEO | 177.72
  11. Ronero | 176.49 
  12. Little Goat Diner | 176.18 
  13. Alinea | 175.83
  14. Grace | 175.81 
  15. Avec | 175.62 
  16. Nico Osteria | 175.29 
  17. Momotaro | 175.19 
  18. Pizzeria Bebu | 174.88 
  19. Quiote | 174.82
  20. Entente | 174.59 
  21. Ella Elli | 173.74 
  22. Honey Butter Fried Chicken | VIDEO | 173.47
  23. RPM Steak | 172.93 
  24. RPM Italian | 172.18 
  25. Au Cheval | 171.79

Detroit Top 25 Restaurants: August 2016

It’s a great time to be a foodie in Detroit. Thanks to low-cost real estate and urban farming, the Motor City is becoming a culinary mecca to rival even the most food-centric cities in the country. And with an average of one new and buzz-worthy restaurant opening each month, its no wonder the number one spot on the August 2016 Detroit Top 25 was snagged by a newcomer. Enter Standby.

Located in the heart of Detroit’s Belt Alley in Downtown, this cocktail-centric bar and restaurant offers a space that’s as creative and dynamic as their menu. From the brick exterior to its converted elevator shaft entrance, Standby’s cool neighborhood vibe pairs perfectly with locally-sourced menu items like Shrimp Escabeche, prepared with lemongrass, fresno, and cilantro, and Duck Salad, served with marcona almonds, blue cheese, and a Dijon vinaigrette. Equally as important: the Standby’s extensive cocktail list, which showcases ingredients like gin, agave, brandy and whiskey.

While social consumer data by Foodable Labs revealed many familiar names on this
quarter’s Detroit Top 25 (Selden Standard went from first to second; Roast went from second to third; and Wright & Co. went from third to fourth) there were two additional newbies that prove to be heating up the Detroit dining scene with Asian-inspired fare.

With the number five spot on the list, Katoi, which opened its doors in early 2016, calls itself, “Thai-ish,” with a menu that’s, “flavorful, balanced, medicinal, herbaceous expressive, vibrant, and loud.” Some options include like crispy spare ribs in fish sauce, caramel, apples, and pickled papaya; stir-fried water spinach; and thrice-cooked sweet potatoes sweetened with plan sugar and sherry.

The Chubby Duck, meanwhile, garnered the number 13 spot on the list, introduced Japanese street food to the Motor City, with an eclectic menu by Chef Ian Diem that includes cones, soups and salads, showcasing ingredients like eel, spicy cured salmon, quinoa and ginger.

Want to sink your teeth into the Detroit dining scene? Check out the full list below. 

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RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 The Standby and the Skip 183.48  
2 Selden Standard 182.34  
3 Roast 182.02  
4 Wright & Co 181.55 Play Video
5 Katoi 180.27  
6 The Fountain at Campus Maritus 179.66  
7 La Dolce Vita 179.62  
8 Bistro 82 179.39  
9 Townhouse 179.16  
10 Pegasus 178.93  
11 Gold Cash Gold 178.7 Play Video
12 Ale Mary's Craft Beer Hall 178.47  
13 The Chubby Duck 178.31  
14 Central Kitchen + Bar 178.25  
15 Vertical Detroit 178.24  
16 London Chop House 178.12  
17 Craft Work 178.01  
18 La Dulce 177.71  
19 Chartruese 177.49  
20 Cuisine 177.27  
21 Johnny Noddle King 177.05  
22 Green Dot Stables 176.83  
23 Brooklyn Local 176.61  
24 Antietam 176.01 Play Video
25 Parks & Rec Diner 175.64  

New Orleans Top 25 Restaurants: August 2016

New Orleans is often known as the "Big Easy" and we're about to make it a little easier — if you're trying to decide where to eat, at least. Foodable is back with another round of the Top 25. Which restaurants reigned supreme in August? While we saw four new restaurants enter the game in the last New Orleans Top 25, this ranking is completely packed with seasoned veterans, and they're all hitting hard with increased overall scores across the board.

Sitting at the top of the throne is N7 at No. 1 with a score of 178.33. An impressive feat, considering it just debuted in the last Top 25 at No.9 with a score of 173.54. How did this hidden, underground French bistro make a five-point jump and take the top rank in such a short amount of time? Let's just say N7's menu is pretty unique. (Eels on bread and tempura-fried escargot, anyone?) Following close behind, separated by less than half a point, is Compère Lapin in second place. This sophisticated, Caribbean concept is a strong contender, as it has ranked first multiple times in the New Orleans Top 25.

We should also clap our hands for District Donuts Sliders & Brew. This fun and funky fast casual that serves up completely made-from-scratch doughnuts (even down to their sprinkles!) and made-fresh-to-order, hormone-free meat sliders made a giant leap from No. 20 to now landing in the Top 10. And speaking of giant leaps, Coquette was not shy about their increased score. At 178.02, this Southern cuisine restaurant jumped from No. 18 to No. 3 on this Top 25. No flirting around here! It's pretty clear to see this concept was dedicated to upping its customer experience. 

Ready to dig in, NOLA? Read the full list below.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 N7 178.33  
2 Compère Lapin 178.06  
3 Coquette 178.02  
4 Willa Jean 177.39  
5 Root 176.72 Play Video
6 MOPHO 176.34 Play Video
7 Angeline 176.05  
8 McClure's at NOLA Brewing 175.97  
9 Josephine Estelle 175.64  
10 District Donuts Sliders & Brew 175.6 Play Video
11 Sac a Lait 175.38  
12 Balise 175.23  
13 Paladar 511 174.86  
14 Salon by Sucré 174.71  
15 Pêche 174.55  
16 Sylvain 174.49  
17 Cavan 174.38  
18 The Company Burger 174.12  
19 St. Roch Market 174.04  
20 Revel Cafe & Bar 174.02  
21 Primtivo 173.06  
22 Toups' Meatery 172.55  
23 Rebellion Bar & Urban Kitchen 172.34  
24 La Petite Grocery 172.13  
25 Bacchanal Wine 171.92  

Seattle Top 25 Restaurants: August 2016

Seattle may be one rainy city, but the bright spot continues to be its restaurant landscape. The top five on the Top 25 Restaurants offer just a glimpse into the city’s vast culinary adventure.

At No. 1, up from No. 2 last month, Cascina Spinasse, led by Chef Stuart Lane, puts its own take on the traditional regional cuisine of Northern Italty -- specifically the Piedmont region – using products from the Pacific Northwest. Spinasse is well-known for its pasta, which is all housemade by hand, including such dishes as tajarin al ragu o burro e salvia (fine hand cut egg pasta with ragu or butter and sage); cavatelli with beef short rib; and, of course, ravioli.

At No. 2, down from No. 1 last month, Joule is a newcomer to the Top 25. The husband and wife team of Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi have brought attention to Korean cuisine with their unique and modern interpretation, which feature unconventional cuts of beef paired with shareable small plates.

Coming in at No. 3 for its very first time on the list, Bateau, a contemporary steakhouse, boasts its own farm where it raises heritage cattle, including Charolais, Maine-Anjou, and Limousin, as well as poultry and lamb. They also grow their own vegetables, herbs, nuts, fruit, and flowers.

At No. 4, down from No. 3 last month, Single Shot Kitchen & Saloon is recognized for its brunch menu, featuring everything from traditional breakfast favorites like eggs benedict to pizza with corn, bacon, and baby squash.

At No. 5, Chavez is brand new to the list, bringing home cooked authentic Mexican like tacos (lamb, mahi mahi, shrimp, beef short rib, and cactus) and more (diabla she devil roasted jalenpeno salsa) to Seattle.

Peaches and oatmeal gelato at Spinasse |  @spinasse Twitter

Peaches and oatmeal gelato at Spinasse | @spinasse Twitter

Beef short rib steak at Joule |  @joulerestaurant Instagram

Beef short rib steak at Joule | @joulerestaurant Instagram

Baby Beets and Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes at Bateau |  @bateauseattle Instagram

Baby Beets and Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes at Bateau | @bateauseattle Instagram

Proscuitto Eggs Benedict at Single Shot |  @singleshotseattle Instagram

Proscuitto Eggs Benedict at Single Shot | @singleshotseattle Instagram

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Cascina Spinasse 180.39  
2 Joule 178.91 Play Video
3 Bateau 178.64  
4 Single Shot 178.54  
5 Chávez 178.19  
6 Il Corvo 177.11  
7 Brimmer & Heeltap 176.75 Play Video
8 Mamnoon 176.51  
9 Tray Kitchen 176.39  
10 Taylor Shellfish  176.03  
11 Trove 175.67  
12 Naka 175.64 Play Video
13 Salare 175.31  
14 Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whisky 175.19  
15 Canlis 174.95  
16 Stateside 174.59  
17 Ba Bar 174.51  
18 RockCreek 174.29  
19 Le Pichet 174.23  
20 The Carlile Room 173.84 Play Video
21 Delancey 173.54  
22 Cafe Champagne 173.39  
23 Girin Steakhouse 172.94  
24 The Whale Wins 172.49  
25 Mistral Kitchen 172.04