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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 two fresh faces and a fond farewell to a seasoned vet:

IN: Hecho, The London Plane
OUT: Altstadt

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 Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. Bourbon & Bones

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4350 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107
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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7. 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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8. Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, University Village

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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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9. Red Cow

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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.
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10. 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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11. 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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12. 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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1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. Bourbon & Bones

4350 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107
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]
4350 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107

7. 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.
[Photo Credit]
425 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

8. 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.
[Photo Credit]
2615 NE 46th St
Seattle, WA 98105

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

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