The website eater.com publishes a "heat map" for many cities, including New Orleans. It is important to note that this is not intended to be a list of the "best" restaurants, but rather a list of the restaurants that, at that moment in time and based on a variety of factors, best answer the question, "Where should I eat tonight?" (Also note that the restaurants are not listed in any particular order, so please don't read a ranking into the order in which they are listed.)
I find the New York and Boston lists to be well assembled, but when I looked at the New Orleans list, I was surprised to see how many places I (not a local, but a VERY frequent visitor) had never heard of (although I was thrilled to see that Bacchanal had made the list).
So here it is. What do you locals think?
Correction: the link above is to a different list, the "Essential 38" NOLA restaurants. Here is a link to the heat map. So there are now two lists for you locals to critique!