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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 Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, and we welcome Better Half and the newly relocated Toscano & Sons.

Suggestions? Vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments or email the tipline.


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 Splendid Ice Creams
12/06/13: Added: Osteria Mattone, Smoke Ring
01/02/14: Added: Better Half, Toscano & Sons
· All Eater Atlanta Heatmap Coverage [-EATL-]

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Better Half

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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.

Toscano & Sons Italian Market

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It was a sad day when Toscano & Sons closed in its original West Midtown location, but the sandwich shop and gourmet market is now reopen in the heart of Virginia Highland. The menu of authentic panini is largely unchanged, and the selection of imported goods, cheeses, and cured meats is as strong as ever before.

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]

Kimball House

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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.

Stem Wine Bar

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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.

Osteria Mattone

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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.

Ink & Elm

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doubles as a coffeehouse

during the day and has an awesome cocktail menu. Check it out.

Common Quarter

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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.

Smoke Ring

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This Castleberry Hill spot opened late this Fall and is already a contender for some of the city's top barbecue. Go for ribs, brisket, jalapeno cornbread, and cocktails like the boiled peanut martini. [Photo]

Better Half

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.

Toscano & Sons Italian Market

It was a sad day when Toscano & Sons closed in its original West Midtown location, but the sandwich shop and gourmet market is now reopen in the heart of Virginia Highland. The menu of authentic panini is largely unchanged, and the selection of imported goods, cheeses, and cured meats is as strong as ever before.

Sobban

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]

Kimball House

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.

Stem Wine Bar

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.

Osteria Mattone

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.

Ink & Elm

doubles as a coffeehouse

during the day and has an awesome cocktail menu. Check it out.

Common Quarter

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.

Smoke Ring

This Castleberry Hill spot opened late this Fall and is already a contender for some of the city's top barbecue. Go for ribs, brisket, jalapeno cornbread, and cocktails like the boiled peanut martini. [Photo]

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