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Updating the Eater Seattle 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 two seasoned vets:

IN: Pomerol, Restaurant Marron
OUT: Brimmer & Heeltap, Din Tai Fung

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
7/1/1: IN: Babirusa, Damn the Weather

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Babirusa

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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.

Chippy's Fish & Drink

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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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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.

Damn the Weather

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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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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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Pomerol

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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.

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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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Restaurant Marron

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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.

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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.

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Babirusa

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.

Chippy's Fish & Drink

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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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.

Damn the Weather

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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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.

[Photo Credit]

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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Pomerol

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.

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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.

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Restaurant Marron

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: S. Pratt]

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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