To everything there is a season, as the saying goes, and fall tends to be when new restaurants in New Orleans like to rear their delicious, delicious heads. Here are the very best spots to cut the ribbon recently:

NOLA Brewing Tap Room

McClure’s at NOLA Brewing Tap Room

Irish Channel

Pitmaster Neil McClure clearly realized that two great things go great together -- beer and BBQ -- and decided to team up with one of the city’s finest local craft breweries to make that pairing a reality. Order up a NOLA Blonde with some Alabama-style chicken (white sauce, Big Bob Gibson style) for a truly special combo.

Little Bird

Little Bird

Lower Garden District

Anything that comes at the hands of NOLA power-couple chefs Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus is going to be a wonderful surprise, as they’ve demonstrated in the past with their wonder-twins talent. That their newest venture is a fried chicken pop-up in a bourbon bar might be a noodle-scratcher, but don’t be fooled: the food is seriously good, particularly the cold fried chicken sandwich -- just trust us on this one.

Black Label Icehouse

Black Label Icehouse

Central City/Garden District

Central City has its fair share of corner bars, so we weren’t worried when this one up and turned into a temple of smoked swine from the pop-up experts at Black Label BBQ. Possibly even better than the low-and-slow meat is “Metal Monday” featuring local bands with all your headbanging needs at the ready.

The Company Burger

CoBu2 in the Paramount

CBD

The only thing that could have possibly made The Company Burger any better was, naturally, if there were more than one. Well, friends, today that dream is now a reality, with the opening of Adam Biderman’s fresh take on fast food (and oh man, those tots!) in full play Downtown in the Paramount building. Get the namesake burger, then find a sunny spot in Lafayette Square for a nap. Genius.

The Red Dog Diner

Irish Channel

From the venerable folks behind The Rum House, the Red Dog serves “fine comfort food, made from scratch,” a promise it delivers on. You’ll find nourishing eats like Parmesan-crusted half chicken, as well as eight wines on tap, and yes, an actual red dog (his name’s Rocco, and he belongs to the owner).

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El Libre

French Quarter

If there’s one thing New Orleans could always use more of, it’s Cuban restaurants. What, do you think we’re going to wait all year for the Cubano from Canseco's at Jazz Fest? Thankfully, we now how El Libre, which is snapping spicy new life into the Downtown dining scene. Also, this spot tends to give out free shots with every Saints score if you happen to watch the game there, which might just make you a fan of our boys in black and gold (if you weren’t already).

TBG NOLA

Tchoupitoulas Beer Garden

CBD

Decked out as a Munich-style beer garden with a huge outdoor space littered with communal tables, the TBG has both the beer and the food to match. You’ll find German classics like brats and roast pork belly alongside more local numbers like debris fries. To wash it down, there are half a dozen taps pouring a rotating selection of mostly Teutonic-style beers.

Kenton’s

West Riverside

Named for the founder of Maysville, KY (an early bourbon hub), Kenton’s focuses much of its energy on its vast collection of American whiskey, with 150+ bottles -- including its own label -- lining the shelves ready to pair with the various menu items. Expect oysters of every sort, crispy grits, smoked steaks, and red snapper.

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1. Kenton's 5757 Magazine St. Suite A, New Orleans, LA

The clean elegance of this Magazine Street restaurant and bar might seem overly formal at first glance, but once you settle in with a whiskey cocktail and a plate of oysters, you'll feel right at home. Named after the founder of Maysville, Kentucky (an early bourbon hub), the restaurant focuses on its vast collection of American whiskey, whose 150-plus bottles include some from its own label. As for food, expect raw and fried oysters, crispy grits, and smoked and roasted meats.

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2. NOLA Brewing Tap Room 3000 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70115

Pitmaster Bob McClure clearly realized that two great things go great together -- beer and BBQ -- and decided to team up with one of the city’s finest local craft breweries to make that pairing a reality. Order up a NOLA Blonde with some Alabama-style chicken (white sauce, Big Bob Gibson style) for a truly special combo.

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3. Little Bird 1201 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Garden District)

Anything that comes at the hands of NOLA power-couple chefs Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus is going to be a wonderful surprise, as they’ve demonstrated in the past with their wonder-twins talent. That their newest venture is a fried chicken pop-up in a bourbon bar might be a noodle-scratcher, but don’t be fooled: the food is seriously good, particularly the cold fried chicken sandwich -- just trust us on this one.

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4. Black Label Icehouse 3000 Dryades St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Garden District)

Central City already has its fair share of corner bars, so we weren’t worried when this one turned into a temple of smoked swine from the pop-up experts at Black Label BBQ. Possibly even better than its low-and-slow meat are its events like “Metal Monday,” a weekly show featuring local bands that satisfies (and divulges) all your headbanging needs.

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5. Company Burger 611 O'Keefe Ave, Unit C7 , New Orleans, LA 70113

The only thing that could have possibly made The Company Burger any better was, naturally, if there were more than one. Well, friends, today that dream is now a reality, with the opening of Adam Biderman’s fresh take on fast food (and oh man, those tots!) in full play Downtown in the Paramount building. Get the namesake burger, then find a sunny spot in Lafayette Square for a nap. Genius.

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6. El Libre 508 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

If there’s one thing New Orleans could always use more of, it’s Cuban restaurants. What, do you think we’re going to wait all year for the Cubano from Canseco's at Jazz Fest? Thankfully, we have El Libre in the French Quarter, which is snapping spicy new life into the New Orleans dining scene. Also, this spot tends to give out free shots with every Saints score if you happen to watch the game there, which might just make you a fan of our boys in black and gold (if you weren’t already).

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7. Tchoupitoulas Beer Garden 840 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Decked out as a Munich-style beer garden with a huge outdoor space littered with communal tables, the TBG has both the beer and the food to match. You’ll find German classics like brats and roast pork belly alongside more local numbers like debris fries. To wash it down, there are half a dozen taps pouring a rotating selection of mostly Teutonic-style beers.

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8. Red Dog Diner 3122 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

From the venerable folks behind The Rum House, the Red Dog serves “fine comfort food, made from scratch,” a promise it delivers on. You’ll find nourishing eats like Parmesan-crusted half chicken, as well as eight wines on tap, and yes, an actual red dog (his name’s Rocco, and he belongs to the owner).

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