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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 no longer qualify as hot. Therefore, in this edition, we are saying goodbye to the Bone Lick BBQ and adding the Atlantic Station pop-up, Hudson North. Do note that the mapped restaurants are in alphabetical order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ammazza

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591 Edgewood Ave
Atlanta, GA 30316
The newest addition to the pie scene is Ammazza, a Neapolitan-esque pizzeria that sources some ingredients locally instead of importing everything from Italy. Also: they have glitter pizza.

2. Bantam & Biddy

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1544 Piedmont Rd, Suite 301
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 907-3469
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Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere's new rotisserie chicken joint, Bantam & Biddy opened recently in Ansley Mall and just started serving breakfast this week. Go for duck fat fries, chopped liver, pork schnitzel, seasonal pies, or bloody Marys if you're not in the mood for the bird.

3. Dancing Goats Coffee Bar

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650 North Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 874-0370
The new Dancing Goats Coffee Bar at Ponce City Market has a small indoor bar, an outdoor patio with hanging sofa beds, Batdorf & Bronson coffee, sandwiches made by Jay Swift of 4th & Swift, and sugar doughnuts from Duck's Cosmic Kitchen. The porch will be screened in soon, and a larger location in PCM will open in 2014.

4. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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Holeman & Finch opened in 2008, but it deserves a spot on the Heatmap because of its high quality consistency and intense popularity. Need a place to go for drinks? Want to wow out of town guests with 10 p.m. burger theatre? This is your spot.

5. Hudson North

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Hudson North is the Atlantic Station pop-up brainchild of the husband-wife team behind Cypress Street Pint & Plate. The gastropub is only around until the end of the year, so be sure to stop in while you still can.

6. Miso Izakaya

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619 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(678) 701-0128
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Miso Izakaya has been around for a while, but the Japanese restaurant's ramen lunch service— a collaboration between Mihoko Obunai and Guy Wong— is new, constantly evolving, and sells out quickly. Get it starting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday.

7. Octopus Bar

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560 Gresham Ave
Atlanta, GA 30316
This late-night industry hangout tacked on to Vietnamese pho house So Ba has quickly become known for its menu geared toward what chefs want, its curated cocktail list, and, as former CL editor Besha Rodell puts it, its "low-key revelry."

8. The Optimist

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914 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 477-6260
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Ford Fry's new restaurant brings a little bit of the ocean to landlocked West Midtown. Early reviews of the "fish camp and oyster bar," which was named Esquire's Best New Restaurant of 2012 and got the So Hot Right Now Eater Award, have been stellar, and the space is just as pretty as the food.

9. Proof and Provision

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659 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 897-1991
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Proof & Provision made the Eater National Cocktail Heatmap last week, and for good reason. The beverage program is great and Zeb Stevenson's comfort food-esque menu pairs perfectly with it.

10. Salt Factory

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952 Canton St
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 998-4850
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Salt Factory Pub just announced that it's opening a location in Alpharetta, so now is the time to venture into downtown Roswell and try the original, which happens to be one of the best restaurants outside of the perimeter.

11. The Spence

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75th 5th Street
Atlanta, GA 30308
Probably the most highly anticipated opening of the year, Richard Blais's The Spence started serving dinner at the end of May. This fall, its opening process was captured on Bravo's Life After Top Chef, and fans of the celeb cheftestapant keep flooding to the restaurant in droves. The menu is upscale "casual American"; don't miss the innovative desserts and cocktails or the clever wine list.

1. Ammazza

591 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316
The newest addition to the pie scene is Ammazza, a Neapolitan-esque pizzeria that sources some ingredients locally instead of importing everything from Italy. Also: they have glitter pizza.
591 Edgewood Ave
Atlanta, GA 30316

2. Bantam & Biddy

1544 Piedmont Rd, Suite 301, Atlanta, GA 30324
Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere's new rotisserie chicken joint, Bantam & Biddy opened recently in Ansley Mall and just started serving breakfast this week. Go for duck fat fries, chopped liver, pork schnitzel, seasonal pies, or bloody Marys if you're not in the mood for the bird.
1544 Piedmont Rd, Suite 301
Atlanta, GA 30324

3. Dancing Goats Coffee Bar

650 North Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
The new Dancing Goats Coffee Bar at Ponce City Market has a small indoor bar, an outdoor patio with hanging sofa beds, Batdorf & Bronson coffee, sandwiches made by Jay Swift of 4th & Swift, and sugar doughnuts from Duck's Cosmic Kitchen. The porch will be screened in soon, and a larger location in PCM will open in 2014.
650 North Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

4. Holeman & Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Holeman & Finch opened in 2008, but it deserves a spot on the Heatmap because of its high quality consistency and intense popularity. Need a place to go for drinks? Want to wow out of town guests with 10 p.m. burger theatre? This is your spot.
2277 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

5. Hudson North

Atlanta, GA 30318
Hudson North is the Atlantic Station pop-up brainchild of the husband-wife team behind Cypress Street Pint & Plate. The gastropub is only around until the end of the year, so be sure to stop in while you still can.

6. Miso Izakaya

619 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Miso Izakaya has been around for a while, but the Japanese restaurant's ramen lunch service— a collaboration between Mihoko Obunai and Guy Wong— is new, constantly evolving, and sells out quickly. Get it starting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday.
619 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

7. Octopus Bar

560 Gresham Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316
This late-night industry hangout tacked on to Vietnamese pho house So Ba has quickly become known for its menu geared toward what chefs want, its curated cocktail list, and, as former CL editor Besha Rodell puts it, its "low-key revelry."
560 Gresham Ave
Atlanta, GA 30316

8. The Optimist

914 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318
Ford Fry's new restaurant brings a little bit of the ocean to landlocked West Midtown. Early reviews of the "fish camp and oyster bar," which was named Esquire's Best New Restaurant of 2012 and got the So Hot Right Now Eater Award, have been stellar, and the space is just as pretty as the food.
914 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318

9. Proof and Provision

659 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Proof & Provision made the Eater National Cocktail Heatmap last week, and for good reason. The beverage program is great and Zeb Stevenson's comfort food-esque menu pairs perfectly with it.
659 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

10. Salt Factory

952 Canton St, Roswell, GA 30075
Salt Factory Pub just announced that it's opening a location in Alpharetta, so now is the time to venture into downtown Roswell and try the original, which happens to be one of the best restaurants outside of the perimeter.
952 Canton St
Roswell, GA 30075

11. The Spence

75th 5th Street, Atlanta, GA 30308
Probably the most highly anticipated opening of the year, Richard Blais's The Spence started serving dinner at the end of May. This fall, its opening process was captured on Bravo's Life After Top Chef, and fans of the celeb cheftestapant keep flooding to the restaurant in droves. The menu is upscale "casual American"; don't miss the innovative desserts and cocktails or the clever wine list.
75th 5th Street
Atlanta, GA 30308

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