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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 make room for what's fresh. Therefore, in this edition, we remove Illegal Food, The Painted Pin, and Octane Coffee at Atlanta Tech Village, and we welcome The Pig & The Pearl, Spice to Table, and The Luminary.

Suggestions? Vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments or email the tipline.


01/03/13: Added: Seven Lamps, Gio's Chicken Amalfitana
02/07/13:03/07/13: 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
12/06/13: Added: Osteria Mattone, Smoke Ring
01/02/14: Added: Better Half, Toscano & Sons
02/06/14: Added: Cinco y Diez, St. Cecilia, Sprinkles ATM
03/06/14: Added: Big Sky Buckhead, Sweet Auburn Barbecue
04/03/14: Added: Foundation Social Eatery, Ration & Dram
05/01/14: Added: Lusca, Octane ATV, Varuni Napoli
06/05/14: Added: Southbound, Bar Amalfi
07/03/14: Added: Illegal Food, The Painted Pin
08/07/14: Added: The Pig & The Pearl, Spice to Table, The Luminary

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Southbound

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5394 Peachtree Rd
Chamblee, GA 30341

After originally opening for lunch, Southbound is now serving dinner and bar snacks, too, courtesy of chef Mihoko Obunai.

2. St. Cecilia

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3455 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

Set in a stunning space in Buckhead, Ford Fry's latest concept, St. Cecilia has been getting rave early reviews. Go for the crudo and seafood dishes, pastas, and great beverage program.

3. Lusca

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1829 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 705-1486
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Angus Brown and Nhan Le's Brookwood Hills concept, Lusca, is open on Peachtree Road. Look for a seafood-heavy menu, including raw bar offerings from Le, in the space. Pronounced Looh-sca, the restaurant's named after a giant legendary octopus-like sea monster, a nice nod to Brown and Le's first concept, late-night spot Octopus Bar. [Photo]

4. The Pig & The Pearl

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1380 Atlantic Drive Suite 14180
Atlanta, GA 30363
(404) 541-0930
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From chef Todd Richards and the team behind The Shed at Glenwood, The Pig & The Pearl is a combination smokehouse/raw bar. Start off with a dish like yellowfin tuna sashimi, and then get your barbecue fix with smoked pork shoulder.

5. Bar Amalfi

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1077 Hemphill Avenue Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 844-2707
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Bar Amalfi is the newest jewel in the crown that is Giovanni Di Palma's Italian empire, known as "Little Italia." Across from Antico, the outdoor bar serves Cipriani bellinis, Amalfi limoncello, and dishes like caprese salad, bruschetta, and wood-grilled prawns.

6. Spice To Table

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659 Auburn Avenue Northeast #503
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 793-7963
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Chef Asha Gomez's acclaimed restaurant Cardamom Hill may be closed, but her "Indian patisserie" is now serving breakfast and lunch in Old Fourth Ward's Studioplex development. The pastries, tarts, and sandwiches offer a more casual atmosphere and lower price points compared to Gomez's previous fine dining venture.

7. The Luminary

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99 Krog St NE Suite Y
Atlanta, GA 30307

Top chef alum Eli Kirshtein's brasserie is the first restaurant to open at Krog Street Market. In addition to a raw bar, the dinner menu features French classics like steak frites and beef tartare, plus American touches like New Orleans barbecue shrimp and chicken wings.

8. Ration & Dram

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130 Arizona Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Holeman & Finch alum Andy Minchow's family-friendly spot in Kirkwood is quickly establishing itself as a neighborhood go-to. Check out the housemade sodas, adult cocktails, duck wontons, and expansive outdoor patio. [Photo: Date Night Friday]

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1. Southbound

5394 Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341

After originally opening for lunch, Southbound is now serving dinner and bar snacks, too, courtesy of chef Mihoko Obunai.

5394 Peachtree Rd
Chamblee, GA 30341

2. St. Cecilia

3455 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

Set in a stunning space in Buckhead, Ford Fry's latest concept, St. Cecilia has been getting rave early reviews. Go for the crudo and seafood dishes, pastas, and great beverage program.

3455 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

3. Lusca

1829 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Angus Brown and Nhan Le's Brookwood Hills concept, Lusca, is open on Peachtree Road. Look for a seafood-heavy menu, including raw bar offerings from Le, in the space. Pronounced Looh-sca, the restaurant's named after a giant legendary octopus-like sea monster, a nice nod to Brown and Le's first concept, late-night spot Octopus Bar. [Photo]

1829 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

4. The Pig & The Pearl

1380 Atlantic Drive Suite 14180, Atlanta, GA 30363

From chef Todd Richards and the team behind The Shed at Glenwood, The Pig & The Pearl is a combination smokehouse/raw bar. Start off with a dish like yellowfin tuna sashimi, and then get your barbecue fix with smoked pork shoulder.

1380 Atlantic Drive Suite 14180
Atlanta, GA 30363

5. Bar Amalfi

1077 Hemphill Avenue Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30318

Bar Amalfi is the newest jewel in the crown that is Giovanni Di Palma's Italian empire, known as "Little Italia." Across from Antico, the outdoor bar serves Cipriani bellinis, Amalfi limoncello, and dishes like caprese salad, bruschetta, and wood-grilled prawns.

1077 Hemphill Avenue Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318

6. Spice To Table

659 Auburn Avenue Northeast #503, Atlanta, GA 30312

Chef Asha Gomez's acclaimed restaurant Cardamom Hill may be closed, but her "Indian patisserie" is now serving breakfast and lunch in Old Fourth Ward's Studioplex development. The pastries, tarts, and sandwiches offer a more casual atmosphere and lower price points compared to Gomez's previous fine dining venture.

659 Auburn Avenue Northeast #503
Atlanta, GA 30312

7. The Luminary

99 Krog St NE Suite Y, Atlanta, GA 30307

Top chef alum Eli Kirshtein's brasserie is the first restaurant to open at Krog Street Market. In addition to a raw bar, the dinner menu features French classics like steak frites and beef tartare, plus American touches like New Orleans barbecue shrimp and chicken wings.

99 Krog St NE Suite Y
Atlanta, GA 30307

8. Ration & Dram

130 Arizona Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Holeman & Finch alum Andy Minchow's family-friendly spot in Kirkwood is quickly establishing itself as a neighborhood go-to. Check out the housemade sodas, adult cocktails, duck wontons, and expansive outdoor patio. [Photo: Date Night Friday]

130 Arizona Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

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