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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 of what is hot right now, we must bid adieu to places no longer qualify as hot. Therefore, in this edition, we are saying goodbye to the Irwin Street Market Bell Street Burritos and adding Bantam & Biddy. 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 pizza 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 just opened in Ansley Mall. 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. Bone Lick BBQ

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1133 Huff Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Bone Lick BBQ, which got a three-star review from the AJC today, evolved from the weekly Monday night barbecue dinners at P'cheen. The restaurant has all the meat you can imagine, plus maple bacon cotton candy and a vintage skee ball machine.

4. 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.

5. Farm Burger/Morelli's

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4514B Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 454-2201
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New to the Perimeter area is a collaborative space, part Farm Burger and part Morelli's. It's a one-stop shop for all of OTP's fast-casual food needs.

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 brand new and sells out quickly. Get it starting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday.

7. The 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 just named Esquire's Best New Restaurant of 2012, have been stellar, and the space is just as pretty as the food.

9. 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. Now, with Life After Top Chef on air, the cheftestapant's restaurant is back on everybody's mind. The menu is upscale "casual American" and includes dishes like uni spaghetti and crisp pork belly with octopus. Don't miss the desserts and innovative cocktails.

1. Ammazza

591 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316
The newest addition to the pizza 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 just opened in Ansley Mall. 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. Bone Lick BBQ

1133 Huff Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Bone Lick BBQ, which got a three-star review from the AJC today, evolved from the weekly Monday night barbecue dinners at P'cheen. The restaurant has all the meat you can imagine, plus maple bacon cotton candy and a vintage skee ball machine.
1133 Huff Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

4. 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

5. Farm Burger/Morelli's

4514B Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338
New to the Perimeter area is a collaborative space, part Farm Burger and part Morelli's. It's a one-stop shop for all of OTP's fast-casual food needs.
4514B Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

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 brand new and sells out quickly. Get it starting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday.
619 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

7. The 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 just named Esquire's Best New Restaurant of 2012, have been stellar, and the space is just as pretty as the food.
914 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318

9. 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. Now, with Life After Top Chef on air, the cheftestapant's restaurant is back on everybody's mind. The menu is upscale "casual American" and includes dishes like uni spaghetti and crisp pork belly with octopus. Don't miss the desserts and innovative cocktails.
75th 5th Street
Atlanta, GA 30308

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