The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans Right Now, January 2016

January 2016
By: Gwendolyn Knapp, Eater Nola

More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater ask us: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What haven't I heard of? What's everyone talking about? And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continuously to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

Kin, St. Roch Market and Salon By Sucre depart the map this month after lengthy runs. Coming onto the map this month, two highly-anticipated expansions: The gorgeous new St. James Cheese Company and homestyle Vietnamese cafe Magasin Kitchen in the Warehouse District.

The brainchild of Besh Group pastry chefs Kelly Fields and Lisa White, Willa Jean (named for Fields' grandmother) offers not only pastries and coffee, but a full service experience with sandwiches, hot plates, soups, a full bar (with coffee and tea based cocktails and a slushie machine) and plated desserts.