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: January 2016

Topping the list off at No. 1 is Compère Lapin, the elegant European and Caribbean inspired eatery in New Orleans' Warehouse District. Joining Compère Lapin to make up the top five restaurants are Root, Willa Jean, Salon by Sucré and St. Roch Market

Making a return appearance on the list after over a year absence is the St. James Cheese Company, a small market and sandwich shop that has morphed into a local hangout spot. Also returning to the list after lengthy absences are Paladar 511, Upperline and Galatoire's.

Check out the full list below!  

Pumpkin Pie at Willa Jean  | Facebook

Pumpkin Pie at Willa Jean | Facebook

Housemade Greek Yogurt at Salon by Sucré  | Facebook

Housemade Greek Yogurt at Salon by Sucré | Facebook

Half Chicken and Leek Ash at Compère Lapin  | Facebook

Half Chicken and Leek Ash at Compère Lapin | Facebook

Torchon of Foie Gras at Root  | Facebook

Torchon of Foie Gras at Root | Facebook

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Compère Lapin 178.51  
2 Root 177.59 Play Video
3 Willa Jean 176.29  
4 Salon by Sucré 176.11  
5 St. Roch Market 175.34  
6 Sac a Lait 175.29  
7 Angeline 175.16  
8 District: Donuts.Sliders.Brew 173.59 Play Video
9 The Company Burger 173.42  
10 McClure's at NOLA Brewing 172.55  
11 Bacchanal Wine 172.49  
12 MOPHO 171.68 Play Video
13 Paladar 511 171.59  
14 Balise 171.44  
15 Sylvain 170.81  
16 Coquette 170.39  
17 Toups' Meatery 170.11  
18 Rebellion Bar & Urban Kitchen 170.03  
19 La Petite Grocery 169.94  
20 Avo 169.34  
21 Pêche 169.29  
22 Boucherie 169.22  
23 St. James Cheese Company 168.57  
24 Upperline 168.24  
25 Galatoires 167.92  

New Orleans Top 25 Restaurants: November 2015

In what’s become proper fashion, this month’s New Orleans Top 25 restaurants, pulled from the Restaurant Social Media Index’s November data, is completely shaken up from past months.

Willa Jean, which was introduced to the ranking for the first time in September 2015, jumps up three spots to claim No. 1 for the first time, with a Social Score of 176.54. Located in the Central Business District downtown, Willa Jean is a chef-driven contemporary bakery with chefs John Besh, Kelly Fields, and Lisa White at the helm. The 80-seat venue offers a modern twist on southern food, and serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

At No. 2 is Salon by Sucré, a restaurant making the list for the very first time and, interestingly, is tied with St. Roch Market (technically both hold the No. 2 spot). In total, this month introduces three new restaurants to the ranking, and The Company Burger makes a reappearance for the first time since April. 

Check out the full rankings below!

Vegetable gratin on cast iron at Willa Jean  | Instagram @willjeanbakery

Vegetable gratin on cast iron at Willa Jean | Instagram @willjeanbakery

Curry Mussels at PDR in St. Roch Market  | Instagram @yuedazhi

Curry Mussels at PDR in St. Roch Market | Instagram @yuedazhi

A Croque Benedict at Salon by Sucré  | Instagram @salonbysucre

A Croque Benedict at Salon by Sucré | Instagram @salonbysucre

Fire roasted turnips & fennel, mushrooms, handmade beet pasta, and shallot crema at Sac-a-Lait  | Instagram @sacalaitnola

Fire roasted turnips & fennel, mushrooms, handmade beet pasta, and shallot crema at Sac-a-Lait | Instagram @sacalaitnola

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Willa Jean 176.54  
2 Salon by Sucré 175.49  
3 St. Roch Market 175.49  
4 Sac-a-Lait 175.14  
5 Compère Lapin 174.91  
6 Angeline 174.91  
7 Root 174.89 Play Video
8 The Company Burger 174.53  
9 McClure's Barbecue at NOLA Brewing 174.52  
10 MOPHO 174.51 Play Video
11 Sylvain 174.11  
12 La Petite Grocery 174.03  
13 District Donuts. Sliders. Brew 174.02 Play Video
14 Bacchanal Wine 173.88  
15 Balise 173.73  
16 Coquette 173.58  
17 Avo 173.58  
18 Pêche 173.13  
19 Domenica 172.98  
20 Cochon Butcher 172.83  
21 Roux Carré 172.54  
22 Toups' Meatery 172.52  
23 Rebellion Bar & Urban Kitchen 172.45  
24 Compère Lapin 172.36  
25 Boucherie 172.20  

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