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  

New Orleans Top 25 Restaurants: May 2015

Since we began our Foodable Top 25 for the city of New Orleans, not one restaurant has held onto the No. 1 spot for a second month, and this month is no different.

Sylvain, which we saw at No. 5 last month, climbs to the top spot for the first time with a Social Score of 176.59. La Petite Grocery, which championed the list last month with a Score of 179.97, drops to No. 3 with a 175.73. Also rounding out the Top 3 at No. 2 is Domenica, which stands still for its second month in the No. 2 spot, but, unfortunately, its Social Score dropped along with the rest.

The free-spirited Bacchanal Wine, which boasts European wines and good eats in an outdoor neighborhood setting, finds its way into Top 10 status for the first time. And the only new addition to the list this month — aside from Mais Arepas and Satsuma, both of whom resurfaced from past months — is Noodle & Pie.

Check out the full New Orleans rankings below!

American Wagyu Beef Belly at Sylvain  | Yelp, Sean M.

American Wagyu Beef Belly at Sylvain | Yelp, Sean M.

Shrimp & Grits at La Petite Grocery  | Yelp, Angie T.

Shrimp & Grits at La Petite Grocery | Yelp, Angie T.

King Cake with Bananas & Salted Caramel at Domenica  | Yelp, Susan W.

King Cake with Bananas & Salted Caramel at Domenica | Yelp, Susan W.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi at Boucherie  | Yelp, Jennifer L.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi at Boucherie | Yelp, Jennifer L.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Sylvain 176.59  
2 Domenica 176.43  
3 La Petite Grocery 175.73  
4 Boucherie 175.48  
5 Bacchanal Wine 174.73  
6 Root 174.66 Play Video
7 Coquette 174.53  
8 MOPHO 173.19 Play Video
9 Cochon Butcher 172.75  
10 Toups' Meatery 172.63  
11 Pêche 172.29  
12 St. James Cheese 171.84  
13 Upperline 171.39  
14 District Donuts Sliders & Brew 171.22 Play Video
15 Galatoire's 170.47  
16 Three Muses 169.88  
17 Doris Metropolitan 168.69  
18 Casa Borrega 168.34  
19 The Company Burger 167.34  
20 Maïs Arepas 165.16  
21 Noodle & Pie 163.74  
22 Satsuma 162.55  
23 August 162.17  
24 Carmo 160.74  
25 Broussards 159.31  

New Orleans Top 25 Restaurants: March 2015

Hello, New Orleans!

Did you miss us? Because we missed dishing out the best eats in the city. A lot has changed since the last Top 25, but we're sure your excitement for these fantastic food places will be just the same. Normally, it'd be a bit of a challenge to break into the established ranks -- it's hard for a fresh-faced restaurant to keep up with the pack already running the course, but March has marched in a new army of establishments. There's not one, not two, but five new restaurants that have pushed themselves onto the scoreboard!

Without further ado, put your hands together the flavorfully French La Petite Grocery! Not only is it a newcomer, it has made an impressive debut at No.1 with a score of 179.97! Make sure to check out this restaurant and bar to get a taste of all the hype.

The rest of the newcomers have landed from No. 22 to No. 25. They include: the Italian-inspired Mariza, the romantically intimate Café Degas, the tastefully traditional Napoleon House and the sophisticated Bouligny Tavern.

If you're craving more, see the full list below!









RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 La Petite Grocery 179.97  
2 Domenica 178.82  
3 Boucherie 178.67  
4 Coquette 177.63  
5 Sylvain 177.53  
6 Toups' Meatery 177.17  
7 Root 176.39 Play Video
8 MOPHO 175.25 Play Video
9 The Company Burger 174.11  
10 Peche 171.83  
11 St. James Cheese 169.55  
12 Upperline 168.41  
13 Bacchanal Wine 167.83  
14 Galatoire's 167.27  
15 District Donuts Sliders & Brew 166.13 Play Video
16 Cochon Butcher 164.99  
17 Three Muses 163.85  
18 Doris Metropolitan 162.64  
19 Restaurant August 160.93  
20 Carmo 159.35  
21 Broussard's 158.56  
22 MARIZA 156.98  
23 Café  Degas 156.62  
24 Napolean House 156.13  
25 Bouligny Tavern 155.64