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Updating The Eater Boston Heatmap, August 2014

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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 latest grilled cheese sandwiches or wood-fired meats. 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. Please note that the numbers are geographic; they are not rankings.


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, Shojo

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

09/05/13: Added: A4 Pizza, Frost Ice Bar, Pier 6, Ribelle, Shanghai Social Club

10/03/13: Added: Beat Hôtel, The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

11/07/13: Added: Pennypacker's, Sarma, Some 'Ting Nice, Commonwealth, Back Bay Harry's, Fairsted Kitchen

12/05/13: Added: Highball Lounge, Ittoku, Mei Mei, Row 34

01/02/14: Added: Shake Shack, State Park, Ward 8

02/06/14: Added: Alden & Harlow

03/06/14: Added: M.C. Spiedo, The Shawarma Place

04/03/14: Added: The Merchant, Legal Crossing, Pastoral, Wink & Nod, Merrill & Co.

05/01/14: Added: La Brasa, Parla, Dumpling House, Audubon

06/05/14: Added: The Abbey (Cambridge), il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar, Liquid Art House, Roxy's Grilled Cheese, The Taco Truck

07/03/14: Added: Brass Union, Loretta's Last Call, Lulu's Allston

08/07/14: Added: Bastille Kitchen, Causeway, Crave - Mad for Chicken, Legal Oysteria

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. La Brasa

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124 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145
This East Somerville haven of wood-fired foods by Daniel Bojorquez (L'Espalier, Sel de la Terre) is finally here after a very long incubation period, and the space is stunning. Bonus: You'll smell pleasantly fiery even after you leave. Weekend brunch and live music launched recently. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

2. The Abbey

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1855 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA
A popular Brookline restaurant featuring a strong beer selection and upscale comfort food has arrived in Cambridge's Porter Square, taking over the former Addis Red Sea space. In the mood for bison bolognese or lamb lollipops? [Photo: Facebook]

3. Brass Union

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70 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 623-9211
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What was once the Precinct is now a bar and restaurant full of amusements: shuffleboard, board games, Frogger, and more. Dishes like mackerel en escabeche and steak frites make up the menu. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

4. Legal Oysteria

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10 City Square
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 712-1988
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The shuttered Olives space is now home to a new Legal Sea Foods concept, Legal Oysteria. The focus is on Italian seafood, inspired by what executive chef Rich Vellante likes to cook at home. Also, there's a giant decorative oyster out front. [Photo: Chris Coe]

5. Causeway

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65 Causeway St
Boston, MA 02114
Right by North Station, this new restaurant and bar has been in the works for quite some time. They're currently ramping up to a full menu, which will include barbecue (and more) from former Blue Ribbon pitmaster Ruben Garza. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

6. Parla

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230 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113
This tiny North End "speakeasy"-style restaurant is a complete rehaul of Il Villaggio. Look for small plates like braised oxtail arancini and venison meatballs from executive chef Eric Buonagurio, an alum of Jason Santos' restaurants. [Photo: Katie Chudy]

7. Lulu's Allston

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421 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 787-1117
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How about some wild game Frito chili pie, short rib mac & cheese, or a vegan ramen noodle bowl? Lulu's is now open in the longtime Cafe Brazil space, and a solid craft beer list complements the fun comfort food menu nicely. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

8. Roxy's Grilled Cheese

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485 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02134
If you like eating Roxy's Grilled Cheese from a truck, now you can eat it - and burgers, too! - at an actual table and chairs, inside an actual restaurant. The Roxy's brick-and-mortar is now open in Allston. There are vegan options, too. [Photo: Katie Chudy]

9. Liquid Art House

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100 Arlington St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 457-8130
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Recently opened in Back Bay, Liquid Art House is a giant art gallery-meets-restaurant featuring food with a subtle Eastern European tinge, thanks to executive chef Rachel Klein. Dine on whole animal rotisserie feasts and sour cherry dumplings while gazing at walls and walls of art, all available for sale and changing regularly. [Photo: Facebook]

10. Crave - Mad for Chicken

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75 Kneeland Street
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-0188
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A new spot for Korean fried chicken (and scorpion bowls!) has opened in the short-lived Enso Sushi space on the edge of Chinatown. (Crave - Mad for Chicken also serves sushi.) This is the first Boston location of a small New York-based chain. [Photo: Facebook]

11. Bastille Kitchen

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49 Melcher St
Boston, MA 02210
It took almost two years to open, but this giant, upscale French restaurant is finally here. Try sharing a two-person portion of bouillabaisse or sipping French wines at the bar. [Photo: Katie Chudy]

12. Loretta's Last Call

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1 Lansdowne St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 421-9595
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This new Lansdowne Street bar and restaurant gives Boston a little taste of the South with a live music program focusing on country and dishes like fried baloney sandwiches and fried chicken. [Photo: Chris Coe]

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1. La Brasa

124 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145
This East Somerville haven of wood-fired foods by Daniel Bojorquez (L'Espalier, Sel de la Terre) is finally here after a very long incubation period, and the space is stunning. Bonus: You'll smell pleasantly fiery even after you leave. Weekend brunch and live music launched recently. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
124 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

2. The Abbey

1855 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
A popular Brookline restaurant featuring a strong beer selection and upscale comfort food has arrived in Cambridge's Porter Square, taking over the former Addis Red Sea space. In the mood for bison bolognese or lamb lollipops? [Photo: Facebook]
1855 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA

3. Brass Union

70 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143
What was once the Precinct is now a bar and restaurant full of amusements: shuffleboard, board games, Frogger, and more. Dishes like mackerel en escabeche and steak frites make up the menu. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
70 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143

4. Legal Oysteria

10 City Square, Charlestown, MA 02129
The shuttered Olives space is now home to a new Legal Sea Foods concept, Legal Oysteria. The focus is on Italian seafood, inspired by what executive chef Rich Vellante likes to cook at home. Also, there's a giant decorative oyster out front. [Photo: Chris Coe]
10 City Square
Charlestown, MA 02129

5. Causeway

65 Causeway St, Boston, MA 02114
Right by North Station, this new restaurant and bar has been in the works for quite some time. They're currently ramping up to a full menu, which will include barbecue (and more) from former Blue Ribbon pitmaster Ruben Garza. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
65 Causeway St
Boston, MA 02114

6. Parla

230 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
This tiny North End "speakeasy"-style restaurant is a complete rehaul of Il Villaggio. Look for small plates like braised oxtail arancini and venison meatballs from executive chef Eric Buonagurio, an alum of Jason Santos' restaurants. [Photo: Katie Chudy]
230 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113

7. Lulu's Allston

421 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02134
How about some wild game Frito chili pie, short rib mac & cheese, or a vegan ramen noodle bowl? Lulu's is now open in the longtime Cafe Brazil space, and a solid craft beer list complements the fun comfort food menu nicely. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
421 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02134

8. Roxy's Grilled Cheese

485 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02134
If you like eating Roxy's Grilled Cheese from a truck, now you can eat it - and burgers, too! - at an actual table and chairs, inside an actual restaurant. The Roxy's brick-and-mortar is now open in Allston. There are vegan options, too. [Photo: Katie Chudy]
485 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02134

9. Liquid Art House

100 Arlington St, Boston, MA 02116
Recently opened in Back Bay, Liquid Art House is a giant art gallery-meets-restaurant featuring food with a subtle Eastern European tinge, thanks to executive chef Rachel Klein. Dine on whole animal rotisserie feasts and sour cherry dumplings while gazing at walls and walls of art, all available for sale and changing regularly. [Photo: Facebook]
100 Arlington St
Boston, MA 02116

10. Crave - Mad for Chicken

75 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA 02111
A new spot for Korean fried chicken (and scorpion bowls!) has opened in the short-lived Enso Sushi space on the edge of Chinatown. (Crave - Mad for Chicken also serves sushi.) This is the first Boston location of a small New York-based chain. [Photo: Facebook]
75 Kneeland Street
Boston, MA 02111

11. Bastille Kitchen

49 Melcher St, Boston, MA 02210
It took almost two years to open, but this giant, upscale French restaurant is finally here. Try sharing a two-person portion of bouillabaisse or sipping French wines at the bar. [Photo: Katie Chudy]
49 Melcher St
Boston, MA 02210

12. Loretta's Last Call

1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215
This new Lansdowne Street bar and restaurant gives Boston a little taste of the South with a live music program focusing on country and dishes like fried baloney sandwiches and fried chicken. [Photo: Chris Coe]
1 Lansdowne St
Boston, MA 02215

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