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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: Corretto, Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar
OUT: Loulay, Roux

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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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Bourbon & Bones

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Wandering Goose alum Michael Law has opened a fried chicken and smoked meats (locally sourced, of course) oasis in what looks like an old smoke shack on Leary Way. Slaw, cheese grits, mac and cheese and gravy round out a nice selection of "you best not be on a diet" sides.

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Brimmer & Heeltap

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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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Corretto Trattoria and Bar

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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.

Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, University Village

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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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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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The London Plane

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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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Mezcaleria Oaxaca

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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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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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Red Cow

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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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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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Taylor's Oyster Bar Queen Anne

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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.

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]

Bourbon & Bones

Wandering Goose alum Michael Law has opened a fried chicken and smoked meats (locally sourced, of course) oasis in what looks like an old smoke shack on Leary Way. Slaw, cheese grits, mac and cheese and gravy round out a nice selection of "you best not be on a diet" sides.

[Photo Credit]

Brimmer & Heeltap

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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Corretto Trattoria and Bar

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.

Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, University Village

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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Hecho

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]

The London Plane

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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Mezcaleria Oaxaca

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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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]

Red Cow

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]

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]

Taylor's Oyster Bar Queen Anne

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.

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