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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 Sun Dial, Chick-a-Biddy, Blue Tarp Brewing, and Caffe Gio, and we welcome Kimball House, Bantam Pub, Folk Art, Ink & Elm, and Sobban.

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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
· All Eater Atlanta Heatmap Coverage [-EATL-]

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Kimball House

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Kimball House, opened late last month 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]

Now soft-opened 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 dishes as sweet chili salt-and-pepper shrimp, knife-cut noodles, and and more. [Photo]

Ink & Elm

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doubles as a coffeehouse

during the day. Check it out.

Bantam Pub

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Recently opened Bantam Pub now serves dinner, lunch, and weekend brunch in a small Old Fourth Ward space not far from the BeltLine. Early reviews recommend the hangar steak and the lamb burger.[Photo]

Folk Art

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This breakfast and lunch sister spot to Wisteria opened a couple months ago, and it's on its way to becoming an Inman Park favorite. Pick from the brunch-y side of the menu, particularly the savory egg-based dishes and the corn-studded grits. [Photo]

BoccaLupo

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BoccaLupo is already 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.

Gunshow

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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.

King + Duke

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At King + Duke, find the 24-foot open hearth where much of the cooking is done (by hot chef Joe Schafer, no less), but there's also an outdoor bar that proves to be one of the city's best options for drinking al fresco— as long as you don't mind the Buckhead crowds.

Umi Sushi

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MF Sushi's Fuyuhiko Ito and his wife and pastry chef, Lisa, are back with Umi, and they're getting across-the-board positive feedback. Try the black miso cod, agedashi tofu, or Ito's signature dish, the off-the-menu Japanese snapper. There's also foie gras sashimi and, for dessert, green tea souffle. [Photo]

Timone's

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The anticipated third restaurant from Ron Eyester, Timone's, serves up pizza and other dishes— including a brand new brunch— inspired by the chef/owner's childhood in Long Island. The house-made sodas in flavors like wild carrot flower cream soda and blueberry mint are definitely worth a try.

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Kimball House

Kimball House, opened late last month 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]

Sobban

Now soft-opened 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 dishes as sweet chili salt-and-pepper shrimp, knife-cut noodles, and and more. [Photo]

Ink & Elm

doubles as a coffeehouse

during the day. Check it out.

Bantam Pub

Recently opened Bantam Pub now serves dinner, lunch, and weekend brunch in a small Old Fourth Ward space not far from the BeltLine. Early reviews recommend the hangar steak and the lamb burger.[Photo]

Folk Art

This breakfast and lunch sister spot to Wisteria opened a couple months ago, and it's on its way to becoming an Inman Park favorite. Pick from the brunch-y side of the menu, particularly the savory egg-based dishes and the corn-studded grits. [Photo]

BoccaLupo

BoccaLupo is already 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.

Gunshow

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.

King + Duke

At King + Duke, find the 24-foot open hearth where much of the cooking is done (by hot chef Joe Schafer, no less), but there's also an outdoor bar that proves to be one of the city's best options for drinking al fresco— as long as you don't mind the Buckhead crowds.

Umi Sushi

MF Sushi's Fuyuhiko Ito and his wife and pastry chef, Lisa, are back with Umi, and they're getting across-the-board positive feedback. Try the black miso cod, agedashi tofu, or Ito's signature dish, the off-the-menu Japanese snapper. There's also foie gras sashimi and, for dessert, green tea souffle. [Photo]

Timone's

The anticipated third restaurant from Ron Eyester, Timone's, serves up pizza and other dishes— including a brand new brunch— inspired by the chef/owner's childhood in Long Island. The house-made sodas in flavors like wild carrot flower cream soda and blueberry mint are definitely worth a try.

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