Last year, after only eight months open, this French Quarter boîte took top honors in Eater’s annual awards, snagging Bar of the Year. Credit goes to owner Crystal Hinds for the bright, airy space and for assembling a crack staff: chefs Brenna Sanders and Evan Ingram logged time at Quince, Rich Table and Saison in San Francisco before landing here. They revel in Gulf seafood and southern flavors in small plates like Murder Point oysters with harissa vinaigrette, or snapper ceviche with aji amarillo, sweet potato and sorghum. Sommelier Bodhi Landa stocks about 200 labels with a clear preference for the lesser-known and underappreciated. You’ll find sparkling elbling, Brazilian bubbles, effervescent gamay Beaujolais and micro-cuvée Champagne, with more than 30 choices by the glass.