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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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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 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]

2. Sobban

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1788 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033
(678) 705-4233
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]

3. 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. Check it out.

4. Bantam Pub

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737 Ralph McGill Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 223-1500
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]

5. Folk Art

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465 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 537-4493
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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]

6. BoccaLupo

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753 Edgewood Ave
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-2332
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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.

7. 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.

8. King + Duke

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3060 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
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.

9. Umi Sushi

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3050 Peachtree Road NE Suite 1
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 841-0040
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]

10. Timone's

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1409 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
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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1. Kimball House

303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
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]
303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

2. Sobban

1788 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033
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]
1788 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033

3. 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. Check it out.
1577 N. Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30307

4. Bantam Pub

737 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
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]
737 Ralph McGill Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

5. Folk Art

465 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
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]
465 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

6. BoccaLupo

753 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307
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.
753 Edgewood Ave
Atlanta, GA 30307

7. 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

8. King + Duke

3060 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
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.
3060 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

9. Umi Sushi

3050 Peachtree Road NE Suite 1, Atlanta, GA 30305
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]
3050 Peachtree Road NE Suite 1
Atlanta, GA 30305

10. Timone's

1409 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
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.
1409 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

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