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The Hottest Restaurants in Seattle Right Now, November 2014

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It's the answer to many a question: What are the hot new restaurants? Who's the latest chef to open a new place? Where should I eat right now? The Eater Heatmap is a current reflection of the buzziest restaurants and places so new, they might not be on the collective radar yet.

While the Eater 38 is a resource that covers old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not necessarily a chronicle of the "it" places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which changes every month to continuously highlight where the food nerds are flocking. This month, the ushering in of two fresh faces and a fond farewell to two seasoned vets:

IN: Single Shot, Tray Kitchen
OUT: Corretto, Taylor Shellfish Queen Anne

See any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments.

1/3/2013: IN: Shanik, Agrodolce, Mamnoon
2/7/2013: IN: Kedai Makan, Il Corvo
3/7/2013: IN: Brass Tacks, Bar Sajor, Bar Cotto
4/4/2013: IN: Ballard Annex Oyster House, Miyabi 45th, Rain Shadow Squared
5/2/2013: IN: Radiator Whiskey, Gastropod
6/6/2013: IN: Lost Lake Cafe, Bakery Nouveau 
7/11/2013: IN: Le Zinc, Little Uncle, Stoneburner, Tanakasan 
8/1/2013: IN: Blind Pig at Eastlake Teriyaki, The Old Sage, RockCreek
9/4/2013: IN: Bar Cantinetta, Percy's, Westward
10/3/2013: IN: Barnacle, Le Petit Cochon 
11/7/2013: IN: .mkt 
12/5/2013: IN: Altstadt, Roux
1/2/2014: IN: Aragona, Loulay, Miller's Guild, Tallulah's
2/6/2014: IN: Bourbon & Bones, Brimmer & Heeltap, Din Tai Fung
3/6/2014: IN: Mezcaleria Oaxaca, Red Cow
4/3/14: IN Hecho, The London Plane
5/1/14: IN Corretto, Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar
6/5/14: IN: Chippy's Fish & Drink 
7/7/14: IN: Babirusa, Damn the Weather 
8/7/14: Pomerol, Restaurant Marron 
9/4: IN: Pizzeria Gabbiano
10/2: IN: Trove, Quality Athletics

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Babirusa

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2236 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 329-2744
Charles Walpole and crew's new bar and restaurant neighboring their Bling Pig Bistro serves generous portions of snacks and mains, including kimchi octopus pancakes and a very good burger. Marjorie alum Ben Sherwood heads up the bar program. [Photo Credit: Babirusa/Facebook]

2. Chippy's Fish & Drink

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4741 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 257-4390
Ethan Stowell's latest in The Kolstrand Building on Ballard Ave. (next to his Staple & Fancy) is the real deal: Peel away the (very good) breading on any of Chippy's five fish and chips offerings and you'll find a big, flaky filet that eases the sting of paying in the teens for a platter fried fish and (perfectly crispy) fries. Also on the menu: Dungeness crab rolls, shrimp cocktail, and fried oyster sandwiches. Plus, a full bar. [Photo Credit]

3. Damn the Weather

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116 1st Avenue S
Seattle, WA
(206) 946-1283
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It's easy to like Bryn Lumsden's cheekily named Damn the Weather, with a playful menu (duck hot dogs, pastrami burgers) and a gorgeous drink list featuring Agricultural Punch, "a farmer's rum and coke." [Photo Credit]

4. The London Plane

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300 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-1374
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Bakery, flower counter, grocer, and cafe, Matt Dillon and Katherine Anderson's London Plane opened in March across from their “Little London Plane.” Grab lunch during the workweek, or go for weekend brunch featuring biscuits, croissants with fruit preserves, and savories made with bread baked on-site. [Photo Credit]

5. Pizzeria Gabbiano

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240 2nd Ave S, Suite 102
Seattle, WA 98104
Mike Easton's (Il Corvo) new lunch spot serves pizza that's cut with kitchen shears and sold by the kilo. Sicilian-style pies, including one topped with salt cod and potato and another with cauliflower, capers, and anchovies, more than justifiy the wait. [Photo Credit]

6. Pomerol

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127 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103
Vuong Loc's (formerly June, Portage) just-opened Fremont spot is doing everything right, starting with its French-slash-Northwest menu that features wood-fired entrees (grilled octopus) and market fresh starters (charred corn, tomato, and radish salad.) Try the IPA berry sorbet for dessert. [Photo Credit]

7. Restaurant Marron

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806 E Roy St
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 322-0409
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Can a restaurant like the splurgy Restaurant Marron succeed in casual Seattle? This one better. After a meal, you'll be rooting for owners Eric and Zarina Sakai's first project (in the former Olivar space in the Loveless Building) to thrive. Marron's lovingly prepared carte blanche menu served by an enthusiastic staff is filled with beautiful food. [Photo Credit]

8. Trove

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500 Pike
Seattle, WA
Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi's latest is an ambitious 4,000-square-foot multi-concept restautant in Capitol Hill. Find a parfait counter, noodle bar, watering hole, and Korean barbecue under one glorious roof. [Photo Credit]

9. Quality Athletics

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115 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104
Quality Athletics is a magical place where the sports fan, Josh Henderson devotee, and Pioneer Square curious meet over a plate of potato croquettes. The bells and whistles don't hurt--the quirky, slightly ironic design includes a fire pit and rooftop garden. [Photo Credit]

10. Single Shot

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611 Summit Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
Tucked into one of the last retail strips untouched by new condo/apartment developments in Capitol Hill, Single Shot opened on Summit Ave. in October. The "kitchen and saloon" from former Re:public chef James Sherill and crew is an instant hit, in spite of the nonexistent street parking. Bike/walk/bus/hitch a ride, then eat kale flatbread and drink very fine cocktails from bartender Adam Fream. [Photo Credit: Tray Kitchen/Facebook]

11. Tray Kitchen

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4012 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107
If you've read any press about Tray Kitchen then you know the take-away: There's a roving cart that doesn't actually serve dim sum, but dim sum-style small plates that are veg-centric, with produce coming from chef/owner Heong Soon Park's Woodinville farm. Choose bites from the red cart, or order from an a la carte menu in a pretty space that could only be in the PNW. [Photo Credit]

1. Babirusa

2236 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
Charles Walpole and crew's new bar and restaurant neighboring their Bling Pig Bistro serves generous portions of snacks and mains, including kimchi octopus pancakes and a very good burger. Marjorie alum Ben Sherwood heads up the bar program. [Photo Credit: Babirusa/Facebook]
2236 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

2. Chippy's Fish & Drink

4741 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Ethan Stowell's latest in The Kolstrand Building on Ballard Ave. (next to his Staple & Fancy) is the real deal: Peel away the (very good) breading on any of Chippy's five fish and chips offerings and you'll find a big, flaky filet that eases the sting of paying in the teens for a platter fried fish and (perfectly crispy) fries. Also on the menu: Dungeness crab rolls, shrimp cocktail, and fried oyster sandwiches. Plus, a full bar. [Photo Credit]
4741 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

3. Damn the Weather

116 1st Avenue S, Seattle, WA
It's easy to like Bryn Lumsden's cheekily named Damn the Weather, with a playful menu (duck hot dogs, pastrami burgers) and a gorgeous drink list featuring Agricultural Punch, "a farmer's rum and coke." [Photo Credit]
116 1st Avenue S
Seattle, WA

4. The London Plane

300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Bakery, flower counter, grocer, and cafe, Matt Dillon and Katherine Anderson's London Plane opened in March across from their “Little London Plane.” Grab lunch during the workweek, or go for weekend brunch featuring biscuits, croissants with fruit preserves, and savories made with bread baked on-site. [Photo Credit]
300 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

5. Pizzeria Gabbiano

240 2nd Ave S, Suite 102, Seattle, WA 98104
Mike Easton's (Il Corvo) new lunch spot serves pizza that's cut with kitchen shears and sold by the kilo. Sicilian-style pies, including one topped with salt cod and potato and another with cauliflower, capers, and anchovies, more than justifiy the wait. [Photo Credit]
240 2nd Ave S, Suite 102
Seattle, WA 98104

6. Pomerol

127 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Vuong Loc's (formerly June, Portage) just-opened Fremont spot is doing everything right, starting with its French-slash-Northwest menu that features wood-fired entrees (grilled octopus) and market fresh starters (charred corn, tomato, and radish salad.) Try the IPA berry sorbet for dessert. [Photo Credit]
127 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103

7. Restaurant Marron

806 E Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102
Can a restaurant like the splurgy Restaurant Marron succeed in casual Seattle? This one better. After a meal, you'll be rooting for owners Eric and Zarina Sakai's first project (in the former Olivar space in the Loveless Building) to thrive. Marron's lovingly prepared carte blanche menu served by an enthusiastic staff is filled with beautiful food. [Photo Credit]
806 E Roy St
Seattle, WA 98102

8. Trove

500 Pike, Seattle, WA
Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi's latest is an ambitious 4,000-square-foot multi-concept restautant in Capitol Hill. Find a parfait counter, noodle bar, watering hole, and Korean barbecue under one glorious roof. [Photo Credit]
500 Pike
Seattle, WA

9. Quality Athletics

115 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
Quality Athletics is a magical place where the sports fan, Josh Henderson devotee, and Pioneer Square curious meet over a plate of potato croquettes. The bells and whistles don't hurt--the quirky, slightly ironic design includes a fire pit and rooftop garden. [Photo Credit]
115 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

10. Single Shot

611 Summit Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
Tucked into one of the last retail strips untouched by new condo/apartment developments in Capitol Hill, Single Shot opened on Summit Ave. in October. The "kitchen and saloon" from former Re:public chef James Sherill and crew is an instant hit, in spite of the nonexistent street parking. Bike/walk/bus/hitch a ride, then eat kale flatbread and drink very fine cocktails from bartender Adam Fream. [Photo Credit: Tray Kitchen/Facebook]
611 Summit Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

11. Tray Kitchen

4012 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107
If you've read any press about Tray Kitchen then you know the take-away: There's a roving cart that doesn't actually serve dim sum, but dim sum-style small plates that are veg-centric, with produce coming from chef/owner Heong Soon Park's Woodinville farm. Choose bites from the red cart, or order from an a la carte menu in a pretty space that could only be in the PNW. [Photo Credit]
4012 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107

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