Miami Top 25 Restaurants: February 2018

This is an exciting time for Miami’s food scene. This Miami Top 25 list for the month of February is based on a large consumer sample set from Foodable Labs and, as it turns out, a total of 17 new restaurants have climbed onto the coveted top rankings.

The top new restaurant is ElCielo, with a score of 178.15 and ranking at No. 2. This Brickell downtown Miami eatery is located right on the banks of the river and it offers a modern signature cuisine that is inspired by Chef Juan Manuel Barrientos’ Colombian roots.

Trailing less than a point behind at a score of 178.02 is Stiltsville Fish Bar, a neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of Sunset Harbor in Miami Beach. The place offers multiple menus featuring seafood and cocktails to be enjoyed at any time of the day but especially during sunset time for a relaxed atmosphere.

At No. 4, you’ll find the third top new restaurant in our list—Stubborn Seed, with a score of 177.62. This is a concept by Jeremy Ford where honest ingredients are elevated to deliver an elegant yet satisfying dining experience. Following this Miami Beach restaurant is a more laid back Wynwood concept at No. 5, with a score of 177.53. It’s called 1-800-Lucky and it can be described as an Asian marketplace, where visitors will have their choice of seven eateries and two bars to choose from. Talk about options!

Other new restaurants on the list, include Palmar, Amelia’s 1931, Ariete, Habitat, Kiki On The River, Ofa, GLAM Vegan, Gianni’s, Nusr-Et Steakhouse, Amara at Paraiso, Ghee Indian Kitchen, K Ramen. Burger. Beer, and Shelley’s.

Did you think we were going to leave you hanging and not talk about the winner-winner chicken dinner? At No. 1, you’ll find Alter, a restaurant which first debuted in our Foodable Miami Top 25 list back in May of 2016. Although it’s not a stranger to our list, it is the first time this eatery, which features three different tasting menu options, has claimed the top spot. Talk about a major comeback— way to go Alter! 

Needless to say, with so many newcomers many veterans to the Miami Top 25 list have fallen off the grid. We can't help but wonder, how long will it take them to get back on it? Only time will tell!

For more food destinations, check out the full list below!

Source: ElCielo

Source: ElCielo

  1. Alter | 178.74
  2. ElCielo | 178.15

  3. Stiltsville Fish Bar | 178.02

  4. Stubborn Seed | 177.62

  5. 1-800-Lucky | 177.53

  6. Palmar | 177.31

  7. Amelia's 1931 | 176.48

  8. Ariete | 176.17

  9. Habitat | 176.14

  10. Kiki On The River | 176.06

  11. Ofa | 175.16

  12. GLAM Vegan | 174.11

  13. Gianni's | 174.05

  14. Nusr-Et Steakhouse | 173.55

  15. La Mar by Gastón Acurio | Video | 173.51

  16. Amara at Paraiso | 173.09

  17. Finka Table & Tap | Video | 172.99

  18. KYU | 172.85

  19. Ghee Indian Kitchen | 172.77

  20. K Ramen. Burger. Beer. | 172.59

  21. Shelley's | 172.53

  22. 27 Restaurant & Bar | 172.12

  23. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink | Video | 172.05

  24. Macchialina | 172.00

  25. The Forge | Video | 171.59

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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 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  

New Orleans Top 25 Restaurants: May 2016

Did you miss us, New Orleans? Now that summer is right around the corner, here are the Top 25 restaurants heating things up with fired-up dishes. Returning champion Compère Lapin, with its sophisticated, Caribbean fare, once again leads the board at No.1. In second place is Willa Jean, performing higher than its previous No. 3 position. More consumers were drawn to its retro-chic style, Southern menu, and beverage selections.

Still, those aren't the only brands we should be congratulating. Four new restaurants have made their debut onto the New Orleans Top 25! At No. 4 is Primitivo, a restaurant with a sleek design, choice cuts, and seasonal sides. Southern-inspired and Italian restaurant Josephine Estelle landed at No. 8, delivering guests a bold, seasonal, and craft-centric experience.  

But one of the most unique on the list would be No. 9-placer, N7. This hidden, underground French bistro has been dubbed the best kept secret and the most hipster restaurant of all time. It opened discreetly in the Ninth Ward, echoing NOLA's past of speakeasies and pop-ups. Also, Foodable welcomes No. 12 Revel Cafe & Bar to the Top 25, a restaurant tantalizing tastebuds with craft cocktails by legendary bartender Chris McMillian and gourmet sandwiches and small plates by Chef Jose Ayala.

See the full list below! 

GOAT CURRY WITH PLANTAIN GNOCCHI AT CO  MPÉRE LAPIN  | YELP, RAMINTA J. 

GOAT CURRY WITH PLANTAIN GNOCCHI AT COMPÉRE LAPIN | YELP, RAMINTA J. 

FRIED CHICKEN AND BISCUIT AT ANGELINE  | YELP, CAROL L.

FRIED CHICKEN AND BISCUIT AT ANGELINE | YELP, CAROL L.

SHRIMP AND BLUE GRITS AT PRIMITIVO  | YELP, FOODIE N.

SHRIMP AND BLUE GRITS AT PRIMITIVO | YELP, FOODIE N.

SUMMER SCRAMBLE WITH EGGS, VEGGIES, AND PARMESAN CHEESE AT WILLA JEAN   | YELP, KART P.

SUMMER SCRAMBLE WITH EGGS, VEGGIES, AND PARMESAN CHEESE AT WILLA JEAN  | YELP, KART P.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Compère Lapin 177.00  
2 Willa Jean 176.15  
3 Angeline 174.60  
4 Primitivo 174.56  
5 MOPHO 174.52 Play Video
6 Sac a Lait 174.03  
7 Root 173.64 Play Video
8 Josephine Estelle 173.57  
9 N7 173.54  
10 McClure's at NOLA Brewing 173.31  
11 Salon by Sucré 173.11  
12 Revel Cafe & Bar 173.05  
13 Balise 172.56  
14 St. Roch Market 172.51  
15 Cavan 172.44  
16 Sylvain 172.13  
17 Paladar 511 172.02  
18 Coquette 171.70  
19 Toups' Meatery 171.27  
20 District Donuts Sliders & Brew 171.08 Play Video
21 Rebellion Bar & Urban Kitchen 170.84  
22 La Petite Grocery 170.41  
23 Avo 169.98  
24 Galatoire's 169.77  
25 Pêche  169.55