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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 Toscano & Sons, Ink & Elm, and Smoke Ring, and we welcome St. Cecilia, Athens's Cinco y Diez, and the brand new Sprinkles ATM.

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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
· All Eater Atlanta Heatmap Coverage [-EATL-]

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

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Lenox Square Mall
Atlanta, GA 30326
The LA-based cupcake chain just opened its first Atlanta location, and the Lenox Square outpost comes with its very own cupcake ATM. It serves cupcakes, cookies, and more made daily 24/7 right on the outside of the mall.

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. Sobban

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1788 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033
(678) 705-4233
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Now open on Clairmont Road, Korean-Southern diner Sobban is the second restaurant from the team behind the popular Heirloom Market BBQ. Sobban's offerings are heavily Korean-influenced and include such early standouts as the bibimbop, bulgogi roll, and Korean fried chicken. And there's more. [Photo]

6. 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.

7. Common Quarter

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1205 Johnson Ferry Dr.
Marietta, GA
This Marietta coastal-inspired concept is the third from the team behind Local Three and Muss & Turner's. In addition to the food, there's a cozy patio with a fireplace, the service is impeccable and the Old Fashioned is rumored to be one of the best in town. New to Common Quarter: a weekend brunch menu and a Monday night low country boil.

8. Kimball House

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303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-3502
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Kimball House, opened by partners from local favorites Brick Store Pub and Leon's Full Service, is housed in the old Decatur train depot. The great space coupled with the thoughtful dinner and drink menus (raw oyster "happy hour" from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the absinthe service are notable) make the new restaurant a worthy spot for your next night out.

9. 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.

1. 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

2. 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

3. Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

Lenox Square Mall, Atlanta, GA 30326
The LA-based cupcake chain just opened its first Atlanta location, and the Lenox Square outpost comes with its very own cupcake ATM. It serves cupcakes, cookies, and more made daily 24/7 right on the outside of the mall.
Lenox Square Mall
Atlanta, GA 30326

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. Sobban

1788 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033
Now open on Clairmont Road, Korean-Southern diner Sobban is the second restaurant from the team behind the popular Heirloom Market BBQ. Sobban's offerings are heavily Korean-influenced and include such early standouts as the bibimbop, bulgogi roll, and Korean fried chicken. And there's more. [Photo]
1788 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033

6. 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

7. Common Quarter

1205 Johnson Ferry Dr., Marietta, GA
This Marietta coastal-inspired concept is the third from the team behind Local Three and Muss & Turner's. In addition to the food, there's a cozy patio with a fireplace, the service is impeccable and the Old Fashioned is rumored to be one of the best in town. New to Common Quarter: a weekend brunch menu and a Monday night low country boil.
1205 Johnson Ferry Dr.
Marietta, GA

8. Kimball House

303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Kimball House, opened by partners from local favorites Brick Store Pub and Leon's Full Service, is housed in the old Decatur train depot. The great space coupled with the thoughtful dinner and drink menus (raw oyster "happy hour" from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the absinthe service are notable) make the new restaurant a worthy spot for your next night out.
303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

9. 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

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