Get these trending New Orleans restaurants on your radar now

Mahony's Po-Boys & Seafood. | Photo: Christopher V./Yelp

Food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending right this minute?

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to analyze which eateries have been getting a significant uptick in attention this month.

To find out who made the list, we 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.

Read on to see which spots are extra hot this summer.

Mahony's Po-boys & Seafood

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Open since June 2018, this restaurant is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Cajun/Creole" on Yelp.

Citywide, Cajun/Creole spots saw a median 2% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Mahony's Po-Boys & Seafood saw a 9.3% increase, maintaining a healthy four-star rating throughout.

It's not the only trending outlier in the Cajun/Creole category: Morrow's has seen a 9.1% increase in reviews, and Coterie Restaurant & Oyster Bar and The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar have seen 8.4% and 8.3% increases, respectively.

Located at 901 Iberville St. in the French Quarter, Mahony's Po-Boys & Seafood highlights fresh Louisiana seafood and classic New Orleans fare with fresh, local ingredients for brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert. Look for po'boy sandwiches, shrimp and grits, smothered red fish and more on the menu.

French Toast

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Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about the French Quarter's French Toast, the breakfast and brunch spot is a hot topic, according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp saw a median 2.5% increase in new reviews over the past month, French Toast bagged a 12.3% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a solid 4.5-star rating.

There's more that's trending on New Orleans' breakfast and brunch scene: Ruby Slipper Cafe gained a 11.9% increase in reviews.

Open at 1035 Decatur St. since October 2018, French Toast offers classic French toast and waffle plates, omelets, breakfast sandwiches and sweet and savory crêpes. All of the eatery's breads, curds, custards and jams are made fresh daily.

Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar

Central City's Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar is also making waves. Open since April 2016 at 1327 St. Charles Ave., the steakhouse and bar has seen an 8.1% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.4% for all businesses tagged "Bars" on Yelp.

Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar offers fresh seafood and Southern Creole cooking. The menu features oysters on the half shell, Gulf shrimp, gumbo, fried chicken and more. Over the past month, it's maintained a healthy four-star rating among Yelpers.

Evangeline

The French Quarter's Evangeline is the city's buzziest cocktail bar by the numbers.

The popular Cajun/Creole spot, cocktail bar and event space, which opened at 329 Decatur St. in November 2011, increased its new review count by 3.9% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 3.3% for the Yelp category "Cocktail Bars." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 3.1 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.

According to the restaurant's website, Evangeline "specializes in fresh, seasonal cuisine with ingredients purchased directly from local markets and fishermen." Look for crab cakes, Acadian sausage, local Gulf shrimp, jambalaya and the house specialty, catfish, on the menu.


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