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Updating the Eater Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What haven't I heard of? What's everyone talking about? While the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change periodically to highlight where the food-crazed crowds are flocking. Since this is a spotlight on what's happening right now, we must bid adieu to places that have been around for too long. Therefore, in this edition, we remove BoccaLupo and Gunshow, both fine restaurants which have been open for well over six months, and we welcome Smoke Ring and Roswell's Osteria Mattone.

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01/03/13: Added: Seven Lamps, Gio's Chicken Amalfitana
02/07/13: Added: General Muir, Monday Night Brewing, La Tagliatella, Woodfire Grill
03/07/13: Added: Chai Pani, KR SteakBar, the Argosy
04/03/13: Added: Paper Plane
05/02/13: Added: BoccaLupo, Villains
06/06/13: Added: Gunshow, King + Duke
07/11/13: Added: Chick-a-Biddy, Saltyard, Umi Sushi, Yum Bunz
08/01/13: Added: Timone's
09/05/13 Added: BlueTarp Brewing Co., Sun Dial, Caffe Gio
10/03/13: Added: Bantam Pub, Folk Art, Ink & Elm, Kimball House, Sobban
11/07/13: Added: Common Quarter, Stem Wine Bar, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
12/06/13: Added: Osteria Mattone, Smoke Ring
· All Eater Atlanta Heatmap Coverage [-EATL-]

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kimball House

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303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-3502
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Kimball House, opened by partners from local favorites Brick Store Pub and Leon's Full Service, is housed in the old Decatur train depot. The great space coupled with the thoughtful dinner and drink menus (raw oyster "happy hour" from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the absinthe service are notable) make the new restaurant a worthy spot for your next night out.

2. Sobban

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1788 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033
(678) 705-4233
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Now open on Clairmont Road, Korean-Southern diner Sobban is the second restaurant from the team behind the popular Heirloom Market BBQ. Sobban's offerings are heavily Korean-influenced and include such early standouts as the bibimbop, bulgogi roll, and Korean fried chicken. And there's more. [Photo]

3. Stem Wine Bar

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1311 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30068
The highly anticipated wine bar adjacent to Seed, the restaurant that arguably put Marietta dining on the map, gets high marks after about a month in business. There's a short but very well-crafted menu of small plates and cocktails, plus wines divided into classic and riskier options. Read more about sommelier Jason Raymond's top picks here.

4. Osteria Mattone

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1095 Canton St
Roswell, GA 30075
This Roman trattoria, the second spot from Ryan Pernice and chef Ted Lahey of Table & Main, has already managed to become both a beautiful neighborhood spot for downtown Roswell locals and a destination for intown visitors. Here, Dan Pernice talks about the wine.

5. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

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1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 355-6050
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Yeah, it's a chain, but the top-quality ice cream at Jeni's gives local spots a run for their money. And the black coffee flavor is made with beans roasted right here at ATL's own Batdorf & Bronson. See the full menu right here.

6. Common Quarter

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1205 Johnson Ferry Dr.
Marietta, GA
This Marietta coastal-inspired concept is the third from the team behind Local Three and Muss & Turner's. In addition to the food, there's a cozy patio with a fireplace, the service is impeccable and the Old Fashioned is rumored to be one of the best in town.

7. Smoke Ring

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309 Nelson St SW
Atlanta, GA
This Castleberry Hill spot opened late this Fall and is already a contender for some of the city's top barbecue. Go for ribs, brisket, jalapeno cornbread, and cocktails like the boiled peanut martini. [Photo]

8. Ink & Elm

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1577 N. Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 244-1541
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Between Ink & Elm's tavern, lounge, and dining room, there's something for everybody, whether it's steak frites, oysters— raw or served fried on bruschetta— or a cheeseburger made with Velveeta fondue. The tavern doubles as a coffeehouse during the day and has an awesome cocktail menu. Check it out.

1. Kimball House

303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Kimball House, opened by partners from local favorites Brick Store Pub and Leon's Full Service, is housed in the old Decatur train depot. The great space coupled with the thoughtful dinner and drink menus (raw oyster "happy hour" from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the absinthe service are notable) make the new restaurant a worthy spot for your next night out.
303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

2. Sobban

1788 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033
Now open on Clairmont Road, Korean-Southern diner Sobban is the second restaurant from the team behind the popular Heirloom Market BBQ. Sobban's offerings are heavily Korean-influenced and include such early standouts as the bibimbop, bulgogi roll, and Korean fried chicken. And there's more. [Photo]
1788 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033

3. Stem Wine Bar

1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068
The highly anticipated wine bar adjacent to Seed, the restaurant that arguably put Marietta dining on the map, gets high marks after about a month in business. There's a short but very well-crafted menu of small plates and cocktails, plus wines divided into classic and riskier options. Read more about sommelier Jason Raymond's top picks here.
1311 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30068

4. Osteria Mattone

1095 Canton St, Roswell, GA 30075
This Roman trattoria, the second spot from Ryan Pernice and chef Ted Lahey of Table & Main, has already managed to become both a beautiful neighborhood spot for downtown Roswell locals and a destination for intown visitors. Here, Dan Pernice talks about the wine.
1095 Canton St
Roswell, GA 30075

5. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Yeah, it's a chain, but the top-quality ice cream at Jeni's gives local spots a run for their money. And the black coffee flavor is made with beans roasted right here at ATL's own Batdorf & Bronson. See the full menu right here.
1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

6. Common Quarter

1205 Johnson Ferry Dr., Marietta, GA
This Marietta coastal-inspired concept is the third from the team behind Local Three and Muss & Turner's. In addition to the food, there's a cozy patio with a fireplace, the service is impeccable and the Old Fashioned is rumored to be one of the best in town.
1205 Johnson Ferry Dr.
Marietta, GA

7. Smoke Ring

309 Nelson St SW, Atlanta, GA
This Castleberry Hill spot opened late this Fall and is already a contender for some of the city's top barbecue. Go for ribs, brisket, jalapeno cornbread, and cocktails like the boiled peanut martini. [Photo]
309 Nelson St SW
Atlanta, GA

8. Ink & Elm

1577 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307
Between Ink & Elm's tavern, lounge, and dining room, there's something for everybody, whether it's steak frites, oysters— raw or served fried on bruschetta— or a cheeseburger made with Velveeta fondue. The tavern doubles as a coffeehouse during the day and has an awesome cocktail menu. Check it out.
1577 N. Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30307

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