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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 Sweet Auburn Barbecue and Cinco y Diez, and we welcome Southbound and Bar Amalfi.

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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

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
·All Eater Atlanta Heatmap Coverage [-EATL-]

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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 a few chef shuffles and a long wait, Southbound is in business. The restaurant currently serves lunch only, from lunchtime chef Mihoko Obunai.

2. Octane Coffee ATV

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3423 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Local— and national— favorite Octane Coffee's Buckhead location is open for business, albeit with shortened hours (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for the time being. Soon, look for a large patio, alcoholic beverages, and service seven days a week, but for now head in for the stellar coffee, tea, and local treats (from Little Tart, XK Macarons, Sublime Doughnuts, and King of Pops) you've come to known and love at the West Midtown and Grant Park locations.

3. 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.

4. 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, just opened up 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]

5. Varuni Napoli

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1540 Monroe Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 873-0000
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This new addition to Atlanta's pizza scene recently opened up on the corner of Monroe Drive and Piedmont Avenue. Look for a long list of traditionally made pies, plus salads, mozzarella, calzones, wine/beer/cordials, and dessert in a space with indoor and outdoor seating.

6. Better Half

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349 14th St NW Bldg C
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 695-4547
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This crowdfunded brick-and-mortar from the PushStart Kitchen supper club crew started serving in its small Home Park space in December. Go for the rotating menu from Zach Meloy and Jonathan Miller, the robot mural, and the exceptionally friendly service. More here.

7. 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.

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]

1. Southbound

5394 Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341
After a few chef shuffles and a long wait, Southbound is in business. The restaurant currently serves lunch only, from lunchtime chef Mihoko Obunai.
5394 Peachtree Rd
Chamblee, GA 30341

2. Octane Coffee ATV

3423 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Local— and national— favorite Octane Coffee's Buckhead location is open for business, albeit with shortened hours (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for the time being. Soon, look for a large patio, alcoholic beverages, and service seven days a week, but for now head in for the stellar coffee, tea, and local treats (from Little Tart, XK Macarons, Sublime Doughnuts, and King of Pops) you've come to known and love at the West Midtown and Grant Park locations.
3423 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

3. 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

4. Lusca

1829 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Angus Brown and Nhan Le's Brookwood Hills concept, Lusca, just opened up 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

5. Varuni Napoli

1540 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
This new addition to Atlanta's pizza scene recently opened up on the corner of Monroe Drive and Piedmont Avenue. Look for a long list of traditionally made pies, plus salads, mozzarella, calzones, wine/beer/cordials, and dessert in a space with indoor and outdoor seating.
1540 Monroe Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

6. Better Half

349 14th St NW Bldg C, Atlanta, GA 30318
This crowdfunded brick-and-mortar from the PushStart Kitchen supper club crew started serving in its small Home Park space in December. Go for the rotating menu from Zach Meloy and Jonathan Miller, the robot mural, and the exceptionally friendly service. More here.
349 14th St NW Bldg C
Atlanta, GA 30318

7. 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

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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