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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. Toscano & Sons Italian Market

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1050 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA
(404) 815-8383
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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.

3. 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]

4. 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.

5. 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.

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. Ink & Elm

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1577 N. Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 244-1541
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doubles as a coffeehouse

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

8. 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.

9. Smoke Ring

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309 Nelson St SW
Atlanta, GA
(404) 228-6377
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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]

1. 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

2. Toscano & Sons Italian Market

1050 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA

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.

1050 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

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. Ink & Elm

1577 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307
doubles as a coffeehouse

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

1577 N. Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30307

8. 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.

1205 Johnson Ferry Dr.
Marietta, GA

9. Smoke Ring

309 Nelson St SW, Atlanta, GA

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]

309 Nelson St SW
Atlanta, GA

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