It seems like ever since the post-Katrina Waffle House boom, with more than five Waffle Houses opening in the greater New Orleans area since the storm, nationally-loved restaurants have been popping up all over. In 2011 alone we added a Jamba Juice, Jimmy John's (yet another reason to love Drew Brees), a DQ Grill & Chill (a Dairy Queen with all menu options including Orange Julius!), two Huddle Houses and two freestanding Panda Expresses. That's in addition to the freestanding Chick-fil-A and two Pinkberry Frozen Yogurts of 2010. So what's next? Find the newest kids on the block after the jump.
Bonefish Grill's grand opening is March 26 in Metairie at 4848 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Chipotle Mexican Grill is rolling up to Harahan this summer at 1208 Clearview Pkwy.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries is slated to open in Metairie at 3100 Severn Avenue in the late summer and near the beginning of 2013 at the Mid-City Market in the Lafitte Corridor at 401 N. Carrollton Ave.
Panera Bread plans on opening its first Louisiana locations starting this summer in Metairie, Baton Rouge and Covington, and hopes to open a New Orleans location soon after.
Buffalo Wild Wings is planning on opening in Metairie, but has yet to set a date.