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Updating the Eater SEA Heatmap: Where To Eat Now

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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 a fresh face and a fond farewell to two seasoned vets:

IN: Babirusa, Damn the Weather
OUT: Bourbon & Bones, Tallulah's

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

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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.

2. Brimmer & Heeltap

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425 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 420-2534
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Former Revel chef Mike Whisenhunt has partnered with industry vet Jen Doak to transform the old Le Gourmand space into a neighborhood bistro-pub. The menu spans everything from pork shoulder with kimchi to creamed spinach with rice cakes, braised turnips, and a basket of fried lardo with pickled quince. The staff's family meal du jour is also available on the late-night menu.
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3. 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.
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4. Corretto Trattoria and Bar

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416 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 328-7817
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Espresso service by day, Italian comfort food and a solid cocktail program by night in a well-dressed space on Broadway from the owner of Tango and Rumba.

5. 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."
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6. Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, University Village

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2615 NE 46th St
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 525-0958
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The popular dumpling house that already resides in Bellevue now has a home in U-Village. The new DTF not only has a bar twice the size, it's about 1,000-square-feet larger than the 7,000-square-foot Eastside behemoth. The good news here is that when you're told there will be a (long) wait for a table, you'll be notified via text.
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7. Hecho

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7410 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 588-1919
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Greenwood Ave's Hecho occupies the former Carmelita space, but you'd never know it from the slick new buildout. Go for airy tortilla chips with fresh salsa, albacore ceviche, mole short ribs, and goat cooked for 17 hours. Wash it all down with mezcal mules, $8 house margaritas ($2 off during happy hour) and eight beers on tap.
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8. The London Plane

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300 Occidental Avenue South
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.
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9. Mezcaleria Oaxaca

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422 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
The same family behind Ballard’s La Carta De Oaxaca and Queen Anne’s Mezcaleria Oaxaca launched a Capitol Hill Mezcaleria Oaxaca location in what was once an auto repair shop. A central kitchen in the knockout space pumps out piles of tortillas, mole, and salty tortilla chips served with fresh guacamole. This summer, the Mexican spot will open a rooftop seating area for al fresco dining.
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10. Red Cow

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1423 34th Ave Apt A
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 454-7932
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Ethan Stowell’s latest opened in Madrona last month in an 1,800-square-foot space most recently occupied by Restaurant Bea. The meat-centric menu features French brasserie classics like pate de campagne, moules frites, and (of course) steak frites: Red Cow serves its crispy fries with four different cuts of beef paired with any of four sauces, including red wine reduction and horseradish cream.
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11. Taylor's Oyster Bar Queen Anne

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124 Republican St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 501-4442
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Taylor Shellfish opened its latest oyster bar in April in a part of town that needs more fresh seafood options—Lower Queen Anne. The bright, shiny bivalve spot near the Space Needle will almost double its capacity this summer when patio seating is introduced. Plus, shrimp cocktails and crab legs for the raw-phobic.

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.
2236 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

2. Brimmer & Heeltap

425 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
Former Revel chef Mike Whisenhunt has partnered with industry vet Jen Doak to transform the old Le Gourmand space into a neighborhood bistro-pub. The menu spans everything from pork shoulder with kimchi to creamed spinach with rice cakes, braised turnips, and a basket of fried lardo with pickled quince. The staff's family meal du jour is also available on the late-night menu.
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425 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

3. 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.
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4741 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

4. Corretto Trattoria and Bar

416 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
Espresso service by day, Italian comfort food and a solid cocktail program by night in a well-dressed space on Broadway from the owner of Tango and Rumba.
416 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

5. 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

6. Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, University Village

2615 NE 46th St, Seattle, WA 98105
The popular dumpling house that already resides in Bellevue now has a home in U-Village. The new DTF not only has a bar twice the size, it's about 1,000-square-feet larger than the 7,000-square-foot Eastside behemoth. The good news here is that when you're told there will be a (long) wait for a table, you'll be notified via text.
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2615 NE 46th St
Seattle, WA 98105

7. Hecho

7410 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Greenwood Ave's Hecho occupies the former Carmelita space, but you'd never know it from the slick new buildout. Go for airy tortilla chips with fresh salsa, albacore ceviche, mole short ribs, and goat cooked for 17 hours. Wash it all down with mezcal mules, $8 house margaritas ($2 off during happy hour) and eight beers on tap.
[Photo Credit]
7410 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

8. The London Plane

300 Occidental Avenue South, 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 Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104

9. Mezcaleria Oaxaca

422 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
The same family behind Ballard’s La Carta De Oaxaca and Queen Anne’s Mezcaleria Oaxaca launched a Capitol Hill Mezcaleria Oaxaca location in what was once an auto repair shop. A central kitchen in the knockout space pumps out piles of tortillas, mole, and salty tortilla chips served with fresh guacamole. This summer, the Mexican spot will open a rooftop seating area for al fresco dining.
[Photo Credit]
422 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Red Cow

1423 34th Ave Apt A, Seattle, WA 98122
Ethan Stowell’s latest opened in Madrona last month in an 1,800-square-foot space most recently occupied by Restaurant Bea. The meat-centric menu features French brasserie classics like pate de campagne, moules frites, and (of course) steak frites: Red Cow serves its crispy fries with four different cuts of beef paired with any of four sauces, including red wine reduction and horseradish cream.
[Photo Credit]
1423 34th Ave Apt A
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Taylor's Oyster Bar Queen Anne

124 Republican St, Seattle, WA 98109
Taylor Shellfish opened its latest oyster bar in April in a part of town that needs more fresh seafood options—Lower Queen Anne. The bright, shiny bivalve spot near the Space Needle will almost double its capacity this summer when patio seating is introduced. Plus, shrimp cocktails and crab legs for the raw-phobic.
124 Republican St
Seattle, WA 98109

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