Want the intel on New Orleans' most talked-about local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp and SafeGraph, a dataset of commercial points of interest and their visitor patterns, to discover which eateries have been seeing especially high review volumes this month.
To find out who made the list, we first looked at New Orleans businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance. Then we analyzed foot traffic data from SafeGraph to validate the trends.
Read on to see which spots are riding a trend, right now.
Open since 2017, this upscale Cajun/Creole spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Cajun/Creole" on Yelp.
Citywide, Cajun/Creole spots saw a median 1.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Gabrielle Restaurant saw a 3.2% increase, maintaining a solid 4.5-star rating throughout. As for foot traffic, the number of visitors to Gabrielle Restaurant more than doubled over the past month, according to SafeGraph data.
It's not the only trending outlier in the Cajun/Creole category: Jack Rose has seen an 8.6% increase in reviews.
Located at 2441 Orleans Ave. in Tremé/Lafitte, Gabrielle Restaurant offers authentic Cajun/Creole appetizers, entrees and desserts, with menu highlights such as smoked quail gumbo, paneed rabbit, veal chops, roasted duck seared fish fillets and homemade ice cream.
Gabrielle Restaurant is open from 5–9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–9 p.m. on Thursday and 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. (It's closed on Monday and Sunday.) According to SafeGraph, it's usually busiest at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., and it attracts visitors during those hours. If you’re planning your visit, you may want to try its slower periods on Thursdays.
The Central Business District's Tackle Box is also making waves. Open since 2018 at 817 Common St., the Southern restaurant has seen an 11.1% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.6% for all businesses tagged "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Tackle Box's review count increased by more than 200%.
Tackle Box offers raw oysters and classic Southern fare, such as grits, beignets, fried shrimp, hamburgers and seafood gumbo, all day long. Over the past month, it's seen its Yelp rating improve from 3.5 stars to four stars.
Tackle Box is open from 7 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday.
The Munch Factory
The Lower Garden District's The Munch Factory is the city's buzziest New American spot by the numbers.
The popular New American and Cajun/Creole spot, which opened at 1901 Sophie Wright Place, Suite B, in 2011, increased its new review count by 0.9% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.6% for the Yelp category "American (New)." As for foot traffic, visits to The Munch Factory increased by more than 50% over the past month, according to SafeGraph data.
The Munch Factory's menu features New American fare, such as shrimp and grits, po'boy sandwiches, oven roasted salmon and St. Louis-style pork ribs. Gumbo and sides, such as grilled asparagus, coleslaw and hand cut french fries, are also available.
The Munch Factory is open from 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.) According to SafeGraph, people tend to visit The Munch Factory on Saturdays and Sundays, and it attracts half of its total visitors over those two days. If you’re planning your visit, you may want to try its slower periods on Thursdays.