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Eater Seattle Heatmap: Where To Eat Now, November '12

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Tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater Seattle always want to know: Where should I eat right now? What are the buzziest new restaurants? What haven't I heard of? What's everyone talking about?

While the Eater 38 is a resource that covers 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 Heat Map, which will change every month to always highlight where the food nerds are flocking to at the moment. This month, two neighboring additions.

IN: Joule, The Whale Wins
OUT: Little Uncle, Udon

Have any suggestions? Any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Altstadt

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Hitchcock's Brendan McGill quietly opened this German beer hall in Pioneer Square in mid-November to the sound of growling stomachs that can only be tamed by wurst, soft pretzels and a dozen brews on tap.

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Aragona

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Spinasse's Jason Stratton took over the old Thoa's space across from the Four Seasons Hotel to open a contemporary Spanish restaurant with a top-notch crew that includes Top Chef's Carrie Mashaney, Master Sommelier Chris Tanghe and bar manager David Nelson.

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Le Petit Cochon

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The old Showa space has been transformed into carnivore heaven. Having just opened October 1, LPC is the first concept from Derek Ronspies, who previously worked with bro Dustin at his restaurant Art of the Table. On the menu: pig fritters, buffalo tongue pastrami, foi, duck fries and the "phat ass" pork chop, which Derek took with him when he left AOTT.

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Loulay Kitchen & Bar

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Six months after closing his beloved French restaurant Rover's, Thierry Rautureau opened up this pretty kitchen and bar next to the Sheraton downtown. The bustling bistro offers a menu based on chef's childhood memories, such as salmon, sweetbreads, duck confit sliders, braised rabbit and oysters on the half shell.

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Miller's Guild

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Jason Wilson has taken a sharp detour from his fine-dining restaurant Crush to open this wood-fired grill concept in Hotel Max. The 3,200 square-foot restaurant in the old Red Fin space is punctuated by a 9-foot Inferno grill, which makes sitting at the counter a warm welcome from winter.

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Ethan Stowell's teeny tiny restaurant in Tangletown (the "t" in "mkt.") is just 600-square feet, but packs a punch with a significant menu of meats, fish, veggies and, unlike his other restaurants, a single pasta dish. Don't leave without ordering the zucchini fritters with lemon thyme pesto.

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Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits

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Eric Donnelly's RockCreek is just a stone's throw from Uneeda Burger in Fremont, but the focus here couldn't be further from burgs and fries. The former Toulouse Petit executive chef has honed a lengthy menu of sustainable fish, fresh meats, poultry and even a few pasta dishes. And it's all pretty fantastic. Don't miss brunch here, either.

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Sighs of relief all around when Matt Lewis finally opened his New Orleans-inspired restaurant in Upper Fremont in November after years of teasing. Turtle bolognese, gator wings, pig ears and shrimp & grits are standouts. In short, Roux is worth the epic wait.

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Tallulah's

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Linda Derschang's stylish new restaurant (arguably her most grown-up venue to date) on the "so hot right now" corner of 19th and Mercer is a nod to her daughter, Tallulah, as well as an homage to mid-century design and the vibe of Big Sur in the 1970's.

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Westward

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Anchored on the north shore of Lake Union, Westward has one of the best water views in the city, but this is no fish and chips joint. The design is a quirky beautiful backdrop to a thoughtful Mediterranean-leaning menu dotted with things like wood roasted chicken, wild salmon gravlox, and the craveable smoked manila clam dip. Don't forget to check out Little Gull, the adjoining oyster bar and grocery.

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Altstadt

Hitchcock's Brendan McGill quietly opened this German beer hall in Pioneer Square in mid-November to the sound of growling stomachs that can only be tamed by wurst, soft pretzels and a dozen brews on tap.

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Aragona

Spinasse's Jason Stratton took over the old Thoa's space across from the Four Seasons Hotel to open a contemporary Spanish restaurant with a top-notch crew that includes Top Chef's Carrie Mashaney, Master Sommelier Chris Tanghe and bar manager David Nelson.

[Photo Credit]

Le Petit Cochon

The old Showa space has been transformed into carnivore heaven. Having just opened October 1, LPC is the first concept from Derek Ronspies, who previously worked with bro Dustin at his restaurant Art of the Table. On the menu: pig fritters, buffalo tongue pastrami, foi, duck fries and the "phat ass" pork chop, which Derek took with him when he left AOTT.

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Loulay Kitchen & Bar

Six months after closing his beloved French restaurant Rover's, Thierry Rautureau opened up this pretty kitchen and bar next to the Sheraton downtown. The bustling bistro offers a menu based on chef's childhood memories, such as salmon, sweetbreads, duck confit sliders, braised rabbit and oysters on the half shell.

[Photo Credit]

Miller's Guild

Jason Wilson has taken a sharp detour from his fine-dining restaurant Crush to open this wood-fired grill concept in Hotel Max. The 3,200 square-foot restaurant in the old Red Fin space is punctuated by a 9-foot Inferno grill, which makes sitting at the counter a warm welcome from winter.

[Photo Credit]

mkt

Ethan Stowell's teeny tiny restaurant in Tangletown (the "t" in "mkt.") is just 600-square feet, but packs a punch with a significant menu of meats, fish, veggies and, unlike his other restaurants, a single pasta dish. Don't leave without ordering the zucchini fritters with lemon thyme pesto.

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Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits

Eric Donnelly's RockCreek is just a stone's throw from Uneeda Burger in Fremont, but the focus here couldn't be further from burgs and fries. The former Toulouse Petit executive chef has honed a lengthy menu of sustainable fish, fresh meats, poultry and even a few pasta dishes. And it's all pretty fantastic. Don't miss brunch here, either.

[Photo Credit]

Roux

Sighs of relief all around when Matt Lewis finally opened his New Orleans-inspired restaurant in Upper Fremont in November after years of teasing. Turtle bolognese, gator wings, pig ears and shrimp & grits are standouts. In short, Roux is worth the epic wait.

[Photo Credit]

Tallulah's

Linda Derschang's stylish new restaurant (arguably her most grown-up venue to date) on the "so hot right now" corner of 19th and Mercer is a nod to her daughter, Tallulah, as well as an homage to mid-century design and the vibe of Big Sur in the 1970's.

[Photo Credit]

Westward

Anchored on the north shore of Lake Union, Westward has one of the best water views in the city, but this is no fish and chips joint. The design is a quirky beautiful backdrop to a thoughtful Mediterranean-leaning menu dotted with things like wood roasted chicken, wild salmon gravlox, and the craveable smoked manila clam dip. Don't forget to check out Little Gull, the adjoining oyster bar and grocery.

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