New Orleans restaurants failed to rank when Southern Living compiled its list of “the South’s 10 best new restaurants.” The magazine’s restaurant scout, Jennifer V. Cole, handed those honors to joints debuting in culinary meccas like Nashville and Decatur, Ga. Two spots went to new restaurants in Dallas.

New Orleans did score with some old favorites in Southern Living’s expanded list of “100 Best Restaurants in the South.” The magazine posted the list to its website this week. Southern Living gave kudos to Cochon, Commander’s Palace, Coquette, Domenica, Gautreau’s, La Petite Grocery, Peche Seafood Grill, and Toup’s Meatery.

The other 92 spots were scattered across the region – good news if you’re tired of packing a cooler for hurricane evacuations.

Curious about the New Orleans debut restaurants snubbed by Southern Living?

Todd Price of | The Times-Picayune wrote about 19 notable debuts in an Aug. 7 story. The list includes ethnic eateries, doughnut shops, and some high-end culinary destinations.

(Our dining critic, Brett Anderson, also reports that MoPho, the innovative New Orleans-Vietnamese restaurant helmed by chef Michael Gulotta is among 50 restaurants nominated to become one of Bon Appetit’s 10 Best New Restaurants in America).


by Chris Waddington

The Times Picayune -