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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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Ammazza

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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.

Bantam & Biddy

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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.

Bone Lick BBQ

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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.

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar

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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.

Farm Burger/Morelli's

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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.

Miso Izakaya

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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.

The Octopus Bar

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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."

The Optimist

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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.

The Spence

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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.

Ammazza

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.

Bantam & Biddy

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.

Bone Lick BBQ

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.

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar

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.

Farm Burger/Morelli's

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.

Miso Izakaya

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.

The Octopus Bar

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."

The Optimist

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.

The Spence

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.

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