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Updating the Eater SEA Heatmap: Where To Eat Now

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It's the answer to the question: Where should I eat right now? The Eater Heatmap is a guide that reflects a mix of the buzziest restaurants, the places everyone's talking about, and places that are so new, you may not have heard about them 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 will change every month to continuously highlight where the food nerds are flocking to at the moment. This month, the ushering in of two fresh faces and a fond farewell to two spots that are officially established and ready to leave the nest:

IN: Radiator Whiskey, Gastropod.
OUT: Kedai Makan, Mamnoon.

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


The 2013 HeatMap Updates:
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
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Altstadt

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209 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA
(206) 602-6442
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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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2. Aragona

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96 Union St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-3590
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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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3. Le Petit Cochon

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701 North 36th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
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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4. Loulay Kitchen & Bar

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600 Union St
Seattle, WA 98101
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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5. Miller's Guild

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620 Stewart St
Seattle, WA 98101
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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2208 n. 55th st
seattle, WA 98103
(206) 812-1580
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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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7. Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits

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4300 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 557-7532
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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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8. Roux

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4201 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
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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9. Tallulah's

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550 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 860-0077
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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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10. Westward

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2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
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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1. Altstadt

209 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA
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.
[Photo Credit]
209 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA

2. Aragona

96 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101
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]
96 Union St
Seattle, WA 98101

3. Le Petit Cochon

701 North 36th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
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.
[Photo Credit]
701 North 36th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

4. Loulay Kitchen & Bar

600 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101
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]
600 Union St
Seattle, WA 98101

5. Miller's Guild

620 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101
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]
620 Stewart St
Seattle, WA 98101

6. mkt

2208 n. 55th st, seattle, WA 98103
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.
[Photo Credit]
2208 n. 55th st
seattle, WA 98103

7. Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits

4300 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
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]
4300 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

8. Roux

4201 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
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]
4201 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

9. Tallulah's

550 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
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]
550 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

10. Westward

2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
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.
[Photo Credit]
2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103

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