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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 Bantam Pub, Folk Art, Timone's, and King + Duke, and we welcome Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Stem Wine Bar, and Common Quarter.

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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
· 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 just over a month ago 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. [Photo/Design]

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. 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.

4. 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, opened yesterday on Johnson Ferry Road. There's a menu of small plates and wines, of course; read more about sommelier Jason Raymond's top picks here.

5. 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.

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. While kinks are still being worked out, the service is impeccable and the Old Fashioned is rumored to be one of the best in town.

7. BoccaLupo

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753 Edgewood Ave
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-2332
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BoccaLupo is both a neighborhood favorite and a destination restaurant. Go for the pasta (the black spaghetti and the 20-yolk tagliatelle are popular choices), stay for the patio. Chef Bruce Logue also offers a $40 pasta tasting if you can't decide what to order.

8. Gunshow

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924 Garrett St SE, Ste C
Atlanta, GA 30316
Kevin Gillespie's Gunshow opened in May in Glenwood Park. The format is the first of its kind in Atlanta: You don't order from the menu, you order by taking dishes off of a tray or cart that's passed around (usually) by the chef who cooked the food. The menu changes often and has had everything from pork skin risotto to an In-N-Out-inspired "West Coast" burger so far. Pro tip: The bill adds up quickly, so go with a group.

1. Kimball House

303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Kimball House, opened just over a month ago 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. [Photo/Design]
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. 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

4. 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, opened yesterday on Johnson Ferry Road. There's a menu of small plates and wines, of course; read more about sommelier Jason Raymond's top picks here.
1311 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30068

5. 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

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. While kinks are still being worked out, 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. BoccaLupo

753 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307
BoccaLupo is both a neighborhood favorite and a destination restaurant. Go for the pasta (the black spaghetti and the 20-yolk tagliatelle are popular choices), stay for the patio. Chef Bruce Logue also offers a $40 pasta tasting if you can't decide what to order.
753 Edgewood Ave
Atlanta, GA 30307

8. Gunshow

924 Garrett St SE, Ste C, Atlanta, GA 30316
Kevin Gillespie's Gunshow opened in May in Glenwood Park. The format is the first of its kind in Atlanta: You don't order from the menu, you order by taking dishes off of a tray or cart that's passed around (usually) by the chef who cooked the food. The menu changes often and has had everything from pork skin risotto to an In-N-Out-inspired "West Coast" burger so far. Pro tip: The bill adds up quickly, so go with a group.
924 Garrett St SE, Ste C
Atlanta, GA 30316

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