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Updating The Eater Boston Heatmap, August 2013

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right freaking now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, where to get the lastest Chilean sandwich or hand-pulled noodles? And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the crowds are flocking to at the moment.


06/07/12: Added: Rosa Mexicano, West Bridge, Bon Chon Harvard Square

07/05/12: Added: Empire, KO Pies at the Shipyard, Granary Tavern, Kitchen, Tip Tap Room, M3

08/02/12: Added: Amsterdam Falafelshop, Soulfire II, Yakitori Zai, The Bearded Pig (now closed)

09/06/12: Added: Hops N Scotch, Taiwan Cafe, Oak Long Bar + Kitchen, Sh?j?

10/04/12: Added: DooWee & Rice, Belly Wine Bar, Pedro's Tacos, Lincoln Restaurant and Tavern

11/01/12: Added: Daddy Jones, BoMa, 75 on Liberty Wharf, Banh Mi House, YumeWoKatare

12/06/12: Added: Cinquecento, Puritan and Company, Estelle's, Abby Lane, Giulia

01/03/13: Added: Osushi Cambridge, Tasty Burger Harvard Square, Mike & Patty's (reopened)

02/07/13: Added: Barrio Cantina, Asta, Bogie's Place, Flour4, The Sinclair, Barcelona Wine Bar and Prezza

03/07/13: Added: Boston Chops, Tavern Road, Bon Me, Blue Dragon, Lotus Xpress, Burro Bar

04/04/13: Added: Quattro, Shake Shack, Spoke Wine Bar

05/02/13: Added: Sterling's, Gyu-Kaku

06/06/13: Added: Bread and Butter, Bronwyn, Chacarero, Carrie Nation Cocktail Club, Mission Cantina

07/11/13: Added: Root, Nebo, Society on High, East End Grille, El Centro Dos

08/01/13: Added: Whisk at 351, Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bronwyn

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255 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 776-9900
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Reasons why Bronwyn is such a huge deal are many, and include the fact that this is the second venture by Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann of T.W. Food. Also, Bronwyn serves the underrepresented cuisines of Central and Eastern Europe. Also, there's a foie gras knish. After opening earlier this summer, the Union Square restaurant's popularity is showing no signs of waning, and it just picked up two solids reviews in recent weeks from Devra First at the Globe and MC Slim JB, newly writing for The Improper Bostonian. [Photo: Chris Coe]

2. Whisk at 351

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351 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113
Ephemeral pop-up restaurant Whisk has just popped up in a slightly more permanent way. Owners Jeremy Kean and Philip Kruta have set up shop at 351 Hanover St. for at least the next couple of months, at which point they may stay longer or move elsewhere for another few months. Dinner is available Tuesday through Saturday as a three-, five-, or seven-course meal. [Image: Official Site]

3. Bread + Butter

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64 Cross St.
Boston, MA 02113
North Enders will be glad to get a break from Italian, and everyone can appreciate a full menu from beloved pastry chef and chocolatier Lee Napoli of ChocoLee Chocolates in the South End. [Photo: Chris Coe]

4. Carrie Nation

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Beacon St.
Boston, MA
The latest in nostalgic, cocktail-centric lounges is named for a temperance activist. Sorry, Carrie. The kind of venue where the classic cocktails list features dates of origination. Not just a bar, it's also a restaurant. [Photo: Official Site]

5. Society on High

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99 High Street
Boston, MA 02111
The sleepy nighttime scene in the Financial District could get shaken up by this newcomer from Ian Just, owner of Les Zygomates and Sorriso. The bar already draws a happy hour crowd, but dinner items like the pan-seared scallops and the bone-in pork chop are secret hits. [Photo: Society on High/Facebook]

6. Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

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86 Bedford Street
Boston, MA
Food enthusiasts have been going nuts about the hand-pulled noodles at Gene's original location in Chelmsford for ages, and now he has brought his Xi'an cuisine downtown. It's currently open for weekday lunches only; be prepared to wait. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

7. Nebo

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520 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 723-6326
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A North End favorite has moved to Atlantic Wharf, taking up residence next to Trade. The same Italian favorites from the old location are available, including the extensive gluten-free menu. [Photo: Nebo/Facebook]

8. Root

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487 Cambridge Street
Allston, Ma
(617) 208-6091
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This vegan-friendly offering comes from the FoMu (vegan ice cream) team, to a very vegan-friendly corner of Allston. Non-vegans alike are flocking to try the plant-based dishes and fresh juices. [Photo: Chris Coe]

9. Tavern Road

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343 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 790-0808
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One of the new kids on the block helping to revitalize the Fort Point dining scene from the brothers DiBiccari. Charcuterie, oysters, porchetta, cocktails, late-night and more. Now with lunch takeout at TR Street Foods. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

10. Blue Dragon

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324 A Street
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 338-8585
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The first Boston proper restaurant by celebrity chef and Blue Ginger chef-owner Ming Tsai. Billed as an Asian gastropub, with dishes ranging from banh mi to bison burgers, roasted oysters and dan dan noodles. [Photo: Facebook/Blue Dragon (Boston)]

11. Mission Cantina

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1032 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02466
(617) 713-2772
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A Mexican import by way of Amherst, Mission Cantina replaces the Beacon Street Tavern, though the ownership remains the same. Tacos al pastor and lots of distilled agave. [Photo: Facebook/Mission Cantina]

12. El Centro Dos

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236 Washington Ave
Brookline, MA 02445
Lucky Brookline (and Newton, just over the border) gets an outpost of the South End's El Centro, featuring cuisine from the Mexican state of Sonora from chef/owner Allan Rodriguez. There are watermelon margarita pitchers. [Photo: Melissa Ostrow/UrbanDaddy]

1. Bronwyn

255 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Reasons why Bronwyn is such a huge deal are many, and include the fact that this is the second venture by Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann of T.W. Food. Also, Bronwyn serves the underrepresented cuisines of Central and Eastern Europe. Also, there's a foie gras knish. After opening earlier this summer, the Union Square restaurant's popularity is showing no signs of waning, and it just picked up two solids reviews in recent weeks from Devra First at the Globe and MC Slim JB, newly writing for The Improper Bostonian. [Photo: Chris Coe]
255 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143

2. Whisk at 351

351 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113
Ephemeral pop-up restaurant Whisk has just popped up in a slightly more permanent way. Owners Jeremy Kean and Philip Kruta have set up shop at 351 Hanover St. for at least the next couple of months, at which point they may stay longer or move elsewhere for another few months. Dinner is available Tuesday through Saturday as a three-, five-, or seven-course meal. [Image: Official Site]
351 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113

3. Bread + Butter

64 Cross St., Boston, MA 02113
North Enders will be glad to get a break from Italian, and everyone can appreciate a full menu from beloved pastry chef and chocolatier Lee Napoli of ChocoLee Chocolates in the South End. [Photo: Chris Coe]
64 Cross St.
Boston, MA 02113

4. Carrie Nation

Beacon St., Boston, MA
The latest in nostalgic, cocktail-centric lounges is named for a temperance activist. Sorry, Carrie. The kind of venue where the classic cocktails list features dates of origination. Not just a bar, it's also a restaurant. [Photo: Official Site]
Beacon St.
Boston, MA

5. Society on High

99 High Street, Boston, MA 02111
The sleepy nighttime scene in the Financial District could get shaken up by this newcomer from Ian Just, owner of Les Zygomates and Sorriso. The bar already draws a happy hour crowd, but dinner items like the pan-seared scallops and the bone-in pork chop are secret hits. [Photo: Society on High/Facebook]
99 High Street
Boston, MA 02111

6. Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

86 Bedford Street, Boston, MA
Food enthusiasts have been going nuts about the hand-pulled noodles at Gene's original location in Chelmsford for ages, and now he has brought his Xi'an cuisine downtown. It's currently open for weekday lunches only; be prepared to wait. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
86 Bedford Street
Boston, MA

7. Nebo

520 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
A North End favorite has moved to Atlantic Wharf, taking up residence next to Trade. The same Italian favorites from the old location are available, including the extensive gluten-free menu. [Photo: Nebo/Facebook]
520 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

8. Root

487 Cambridge Street, Allston, Ma
This vegan-friendly offering comes from the FoMu (vegan ice cream) team, to a very vegan-friendly corner of Allston. Non-vegans alike are flocking to try the plant-based dishes and fresh juices. [Photo: Chris Coe]
487 Cambridge Street
Allston, Ma

9. Tavern Road

343 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
One of the new kids on the block helping to revitalize the Fort Point dining scene from the brothers DiBiccari. Charcuterie, oysters, porchetta, cocktails, late-night and more. Now with lunch takeout at TR Street Foods. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
343 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

10. Blue Dragon

324 A Street, Boston, MA 02110
The first Boston proper restaurant by celebrity chef and Blue Ginger chef-owner Ming Tsai. Billed as an Asian gastropub, with dishes ranging from banh mi to bison burgers, roasted oysters and dan dan noodles. [Photo: Facebook/Blue Dragon (Boston)]
324 A Street
Boston, MA 02110

11. Mission Cantina

1032 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02466
A Mexican import by way of Amherst, Mission Cantina replaces the Beacon Street Tavern, though the ownership remains the same. Tacos al pastor and lots of distilled agave. [Photo: Facebook/Mission Cantina]
1032 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02466

12. El Centro Dos

236 Washington Ave, Brookline, MA 02445
Lucky Brookline (and Newton, just over the border) gets an outpost of the South End's El Centro, featuring cuisine from the Mexican state of Sonora from chef/owner Allan Rodriguez. There are watermelon margarita pitchers. [Photo: Melissa Ostrow/UrbanDaddy]
236 Washington Ave
Brookline, MA 02445

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