Food & Drink

The Thrillist Awards: NOLA'S' Best New Food, Drink & Everything Else of 2015

Published On 12/28/2015 Published On 12/28/2015

Best new bakery

Willa Jean

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CBD

Well, this is really a no brainer: two of the best pastry chefs in NOLA teaming up to open a bakery and cafe in the CBD just screams for attention, and it’s well-earned. Kelly Fields and Lisa Marie White are totally killing it there. You had us at your hot, buttery biscuits and warm chocolate pudding, and we’ve been hooked since.

Little Bird

Best new popup

Little Bird

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Lower Garden District

Not content to keep things fresh at Meauxbar and a big new plan to open the long-awaited Cavan on Magazine St, Kristen Essig and her fellow chef/partner/etc Michael Stoltzfus opened a fried chicken pop-up at a bourbon bar that’s just plain fantastic. The decision to keep their fried chicken sandwich on the cool side was a masterstroke.

Graham Blackall

Best new restaurant

Shaya

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Uptown/Magazine

Since opening, Shaya’s modern-Israeli outpost on Magazine has been soaking up acclaim on a national level (including from our own country-wide best-of list) -- in fact, the man behind the operation, Alon Shaya, has just scored a James Beard for Best Chef South. If you haven’t been yet, you’re missing out. Keep the pita coming, try the lamb, and thank us later.

Kin

Best new ramen joint

Kin

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Gert Town

Granted, New Orleans has been at a serious disadvantage in the ramen game for many years now, but that’s all changing, with a very small restaurant that pays a lot attention to detail, especially when it comes to the noodles on their lunch menu. Better still is the dinner menu, which is redefining Southern-American fusion, even though the space is about as big as a phone booth.

Beachbum Berry's 29 Latitude

Best new bar

Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29

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French Quarter

For a city with such a strong drinking culture, great new bars in New Orleans are a strangely rare sight. And great new tiki dives are even rarer. So it’s a damned shame that it took this long for someone to take those reins and fly away in good, hard spirit, as did Jeff “Beachbum” Berry with Latitude 29, which is likely to become a NOLA institution very soon. If it hasn’t already. They have our vote, obviously. Mahalo!

Bevi Seafood

Best new encroachment of Metairie onto Orleans Parish

Bevi Seafood Co

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Metairie

Not content to provide the humble residents of Jefferson Parish with some of the best seafood in town (and we say that with dire conviction), Bevi just moved into Mid-City. It’s a good move for everyone involved. Well, maybe not for the oysters, but for everyone else, a really good move!

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