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

New Orleans Top 25 Restaurants: August 2015

Though we’ve only covered three months worth of Foodable Top 25 coverage in New Orleans since introducing the city, this month’s rankings welcome a lot of new additions to the lineup.

One of them, Sac-a-lait, premiers at No. 1 with a Social Score of 176.62, an achievement that’s difficult to beat. In fact, three of the Top 5 restaurants are first-timers, with Willa Jean at No. 4 and Angeline at No. 5. Last month’s No. 1, Sylvain, falls to No. 2 and Root jumps up three spots to No. 3.

Located on Annunciation St., Sac-a-lait offers a seasonal menu that changes daily. Dishes pay tribute to traditional New Orleans fare with a twist, including Alligator & Mirliton, River Gumbo, and Serrano & Goat Cheese Grits, to name a few. The restaurant is housed in an old cotton mill and, according to its website, was built and designed by the chefs and their families. “Every detail of Sac-a-lait is handcrafted,” which gives the establishment character in all facets, not just what comes out of the kitchen. 

Check out the full list below to discover what other restaurants made the list, including some other new additions!

Fried quail and red bean biscuit at Sac-a-lait  | Yelp, Antoinette S.

Fried quail and red bean biscuit at Sac-a-lait | Yelp, Antoinette S.

Charcuterie board at Root  | Yelp, Davina G.

Charcuterie board at Root | Yelp, Davina G.

Gulf Shrimp Pirlou at Sylvain  | Yelp, Sean M.

Gulf Shrimp Pirlou at Sylvain | Yelp, Sean M.

Smoked salmon on toast at Willa Jean  | Yelp, Thuy L.

Smoked salmon on toast at Willa Jean | Yelp, Thuy L.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Sac-a-lait 176.62  
2 Sylvain 175.93  
3 Root 175.83 Play Video
4 Willa Jean 175.82  
5 Angeline 175.38  
6 La Petite Grocery 174.98  
7 Bacchanal Wine 174.97  
8 Balise 174.67  
9 Coquette 173.95  
10 St. Roch Market 173.66  
11 MOPHO 173.44 Play Video
12 Pêche 173.19  
13 Domenica 173.10  
14 Cochon Butcher 172.93  
15 Ursa Major 172.51  
16 Toups' Meatery 172.42  
17 Compére Lapin 172.41  
18 Boucherie 172.18  
19 Paladar 511 172.14  
20 St. James Cheese 172.11  
21 Avo 171.10  
22 Rebellion Bar & Urban Kitchen 170.63  
23 District Donuts Sliders & Brew 169.95 Play Video
24 Upperline 169.64  
25 Galatorie's 168.87