The 5 New Restaurants and Bars You Need To Visit In 2017

1. Petit Lion

Inside the Troubadour Hotel, Petite Lion serves modern European cuisine. The atmosphere offers a relaxing yet exciting vibe. The menu has items like smoked trout rillette, moules frites, citrus crema catalana, and my favorite – the fried chicken with wildflower honey hot sauce and heirloom pickles. Hands down the best fried chicken I’ve ever tasted.

Every dish has an impeccable presentation that accompanies it, like caramelized mushrooms served in a mini pan or the ‘Yorkie’, a mint chocolate chip ice cream with cocoa puffs and minted milk that is poured on top. Every dish is absolutely mesmerizing.


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Fried chicken with wildflower honey hot sauce and heirloom pickles.


Keep your eye on the executive Chef Phillip Lopez as he expands his empire. The Monkey Board, a rooftop bar  with 360 degree breathtaking views of New Orleans opened December 26th. So go enjoy yourself at Petit Lion, whether it’s for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, or just a drink. Immerse yourself in the Parisian vibes, it is an experience indeed! And don’t forget to check out the rooftop Monkey Board!

2. Meril

Meril is definitely a hotspot in the CBD. Chef Emeril Lagasse’s newest and fourth restaurant in New Orleans showcases some of Lagasse’s favorite dishes. Items like boudin tamales, upside down cornbread, and Spanish style gulf shrimp will excite anyone. Emeril is stepping up his game and even though this restaurant has been open a while, it still makes the list.


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3. Maypop

A Southeast Asian inspired Southern Cuisine has arrived in the CBD. Located in the Paramount apartment building, this is the sister restaurant of MoPho, the modern Vietnamese restaurant with executive Chef Michael Gulotta. Maypop is the upscale version of MoPho and you can see the sophistication in both the aesthetics of the restaurant and within the fiery menus.

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4. Melt

Melt located in mid-city is a modern sandwich shop that specializes in grilled cheese pairings with wine and beer. They had me at grilled cheese. Have one of these irresistibly delicious grilled cheeses and wine or beer to complete your meal or complete your life!

Melt Restaurant Emma T. via Yelp
Caprese Sandwich with Bacon Michele C. via Yelp

5. Effervescence

Effervescence is a new lounge opening soon in the French Quarter. It will specialize in sparkling wines and champagne from all over the world, as well as a full bar and small plates!

What is most exciting is Effervescence offers flights of champagne and other sparkling wines to help you expand and explore your champagne palette. Who doesn’t enjoy themselves a little bubbly? Get your sparkle and bubbly on and head over to Effervescence expected to open soon. I know I’ll be there!

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Jen, Contributor

Jen is a Chicago native living in New Orleans for 6+ years. A dedicated teacher by day and adventurist by night. Jen enjoys yoga, gallery hopping, and her maltese mix Jerry.

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