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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 that have been around for too long. Therefore, in this edition, we remove Kimball House and Sobban, and we welcome Foundation Social Eatery and Ration & Dram.

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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
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cinco y Diez

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1653 S Lumpkin St
Athens, GA 30606
To the east of Atlanta in good ol' Athens, Hugh Acheson's fourth concept just opened. Helmed by Whitney Otawka, the neighborhood cocina serves Latin cuisine with a focus on locally farmed ingredients. Learn more here.

2. 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.

3. Sweet Auburn Barbecue

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656 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
It's been a seamless transition so far from food truck to full-service restaurant for Sweet Auburn Barbecue. There's traditional barbecue on the menu, as well as Asian-inspired updates like pimento cheese wontons. Take a closer look here.

4. 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.

5. Big Sky Buckhead

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3201 Cains Hill Pl NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 481-5168
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In a "mountain lodge" setting, Chef Hector Santiago's menu revives some of the fast-casual, Latin-inspired favorites from his previous ventures, Pura Vida and Super Pan. The two-story space features a bar on both floors and an expansive upstairs patio.

6. 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.

7. Stem Wine Bar

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1311 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30068
The highly anticipated wine bar adjacent to Seed, the restaurant that arguably put Marietta dining on the map, gets very high marks early on. There's a short but very well-crafted menu of small plates and cocktails, plus wines divided into classic and riskier options. Read more about sommelier Jason Raymond's top picks here.

8. Osteria Mattone

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1095 Canton St
Roswell, GA 30075
This Roman trattoria, the second spot from Ryan Pernice and chef Ted Lahey of Table & Main, has already managed to become both a beautiful neighborhood spot for downtown Roswell locals and a destination for intown visitors. Here, Dan Pernice talks about the wine.

9. Foundation Social Eatery

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1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 641-8877
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The latest edition to Roswell's burgeoning dining scene, the first restaurant from chef Mel Toledo features a highly seasonal, Mediterranean-influenced menu and an extensive wine list. Scope the menu and interior here.

1. Cinco y Diez

1653 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30606
To the east of Atlanta in good ol' Athens, Hugh Acheson's fourth concept just opened. Helmed by Whitney Otawka, the neighborhood cocina serves Latin cuisine with a focus on locally farmed ingredients. Learn more here.
1653 S Lumpkin St
Athens, GA 30606

2. 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.
130 Arizona Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

3. Sweet Auburn Barbecue

656 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
It's been a seamless transition so far from food truck to full-service restaurant for Sweet Auburn Barbecue. There's traditional barbecue on the menu, as well as Asian-inspired updates like pimento cheese wontons. Take a closer look here.
656 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

4. 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

5. Big Sky Buckhead

3201 Cains Hill Pl NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
In a "mountain lodge" setting, Chef Hector Santiago's menu revives some of the fast-casual, Latin-inspired favorites from his previous ventures, Pura Vida and Super Pan. The two-story space features a bar on both floors and an expansive upstairs patio.
3201 Cains Hill Pl NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

6. 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

7. Stem Wine Bar

1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068
The highly anticipated wine bar adjacent to Seed, the restaurant that arguably put Marietta dining on the map, gets very high marks early on. There's a short but very well-crafted menu of small plates and cocktails, plus wines divided into classic and riskier options. Read more about sommelier Jason Raymond's top picks here.
1311 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30068

8. Osteria Mattone

1095 Canton St, Roswell, GA 30075
This Roman trattoria, the second spot from Ryan Pernice and chef Ted Lahey of Table & Main, has already managed to become both a beautiful neighborhood spot for downtown Roswell locals and a destination for intown visitors. Here, Dan Pernice talks about the wine.
1095 Canton St
Roswell, GA 30075

9. Foundation Social Eatery

1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
The latest edition to Roswell's burgeoning dining scene, the first restaurant from chef Mel Toledo features a highly seasonal, Mediterranean-influenced menu and an extensive wine list. Scope the menu and interior here.
1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd
Roswell, GA 30076

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