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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 must say goodbye to the Argosy and KR SteakBar and welcome Gunshow and King + Duke.

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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
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Gunshow

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924 Garrett St SE, Ste C
Atlanta, GA 30316
Kevin Gillespie's Gunshow opened last month 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.

2. BoccaLupo

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753 Edgewood Ave
Atlanta, GA 30307
BoccaLupo opened quietly in Inman Park in April, and reviews since then have been nothing but positive. Go for the pasta (the black spaghetti made with squid ink is a popular choice), stay for the patio.

3. Paper Plane

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340 Church Street
Decatur, GA 30030
Paper Plane opened behind Victory Sandwich Bar in Decatur this spring and has brought in consistently high praise for its strong cocktail list, created by Paul Calvert, and a menu of small(-ish) plates. Look for the main entrance in the alley to the right of Victory.

4. King + Duke

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3060 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
The latest from Ford Fry, King + Duke replaced Nava in Buckhead last month. Early reviews have been a little inconsistent, but the two-level space has a separate outdoor bar on its patio, a 24-foot open hearth where much of the cooking is done, and hot chef Joe Schafer in charge of it all, so it's worth checking out for yourself.

5. Villains Wicked Heroes

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903 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 247-3335
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Wicked hero sandwiches have infiltrated the corner of Peachtree and 8th streets in the form of Villains. Yeah, they've got sandwiches, but they've also got a strong selection of "evil potion" cocktails, an outdoor bar, and ramen popcorn. Make it your Midtown happy hour spot.

6. The General Muir

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1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329
(678) 927-9131
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The latest from the West Egg team and chef Todd Ginsberg is full-service Jewish deli concept the General Muir. Located in Emory Point and open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch, the restaurant is pleasing patrons with everything from the poutine to the pastrami sandwich. Do they also have the best bagel in town? You decide.

7. Chai Pani

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406 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-4030
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Decatur's Chai Pani sells street food-style Indian fare in the old Watershed space on West Ponce. Check out the dahi puri, Indian-inspired drinks, and sandwiches like the vada pav or sloppy Jai. A constant favorite is the kale pakora dish, and the chai is a must if you like yours strong.

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1. Gunshow

924 Garrett St SE, Ste C, Atlanta, GA 30316
Kevin Gillespie's Gunshow opened last month 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.
924 Garrett St SE, Ste C
Atlanta, GA 30316

2. BoccaLupo

753 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307
BoccaLupo opened quietly in Inman Park in April, and reviews since then have been nothing but positive. Go for the pasta (the black spaghetti made with squid ink is a popular choice), stay for the patio.
753 Edgewood Ave
Atlanta, GA 30307

3. Paper Plane

340 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030
Paper Plane opened behind Victory Sandwich Bar in Decatur this spring and has brought in consistently high praise for its strong cocktail list, created by Paul Calvert, and a menu of small(-ish) plates. Look for the main entrance in the alley to the right of Victory.
340 Church Street
Decatur, GA 30030

4. King + Duke

3060 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
The latest from Ford Fry, King + Duke replaced Nava in Buckhead last month. Early reviews have been a little inconsistent, but the two-level space has a separate outdoor bar on its patio, a 24-foot open hearth where much of the cooking is done, and hot chef Joe Schafer in charge of it all, so it's worth checking out for yourself.
3060 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

5. Villains Wicked Heroes

903 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Wicked hero sandwiches have infiltrated the corner of Peachtree and 8th streets in the form of Villains. Yeah, they've got sandwiches, but they've also got a strong selection of "evil potion" cocktails, an outdoor bar, and ramen popcorn. Make it your Midtown happy hour spot.
903 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

6. The General Muir

1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230, Atlanta, GA 30329
The latest from the West Egg team and chef Todd Ginsberg is full-service Jewish deli concept the General Muir. Located in Emory Point and open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch, the restaurant is pleasing patrons with everything from the poutine to the pastrami sandwich. Do they also have the best bagel in town? You decide.
1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329

7. Chai Pani

406 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Decatur's Chai Pani sells street food-style Indian fare in the old Watershed space on West Ponce. Check out the dahi puri, Indian-inspired drinks, and sandwiches like the vada pav or sloppy Jai. A constant favorite is the kale pakora dish, and the chai is a must if you like yours strong.
406 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

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