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Updating The Eater Boston Heatmap, December 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 latest late-night slices or heavenly pork sandwiches. 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, 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

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sarma

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249 Pearl St
Somerville, MA
(617) 764-4464
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The Oleana empire has expanded to Somerville's Winter Hill in the form of Sarma, which is inspired by Turkish meyhane — restaurants serving meze, or small, shareable plates that highlight the seasons. Full of bright colors and the smell of spices, Sarma is bringing new life to a hidden corner not far from Union Square. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

2. A4 Pizza

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445 Somerville Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
Area Four has spawned an adorable pizza-centric Somerville outpost in the former space of the short-lived Bearded Pig in Union Square. The menu is divided into "pizza" and "not pizza," there are Hoodsies and lemon ice for dessert, and a video game emulator running on two televisions lets diners play all their childhood favorites. Starting at 11pm each night, half-priced cold slices are available. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

3. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

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425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(857) 259-6585
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Tony Maws' sequel to Craigie on Main was one of the most anticipated fall openings, and now that it has arrived, it's been constantly packed. It has a more casual vibe than Craigie with no fancy tasting menus, but Maws' intense interest in nose-to-tail eating remains. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

4. Beat Hotel

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13 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA
(617) 449-0001
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The highly anticipated Harvard Square project from the team behind The Beehive has opened with a jazzy flourish. There's wine on tap, plenty of upscale comfort food, and live music every night. [Photo: Facebook]

5. Whisk at 351

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351 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 756-7571
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Ephemeral pop-up restaurant Whisk has popped up in a slightly more permanent way. Owners Jeremy Kean and Philip Kruta have set up shop at 351 Hanover St. through at least the end of December, 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]

6. Commonwealth

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11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 945-7030
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Former Fenway Park executive chef Steve "Nookie" Postal has just opened his own place in Kendall Square, and it's not just a restaurant. There's a market, too, and both focus on seasonal goods from area farmers. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

7. Highball Lounge

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90 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 772-0202
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Nostalgia meets swank at this new lounge in the Nine Zero Hotel downtown, which offers up classic cocktails alongside board games. Look at the menu through a View Master and get a rubber ducky souvenir with one of the drinks. A few small snacks are available; Ken Oringer collaborated on the offerings. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

8. Row 34

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383 Congress st
Boston, MA 02210
The Island Creek Oyster Bar team has just opened Row 34, a more casual, neighborhood-oriented oyster bar in Fort Point. It's an homage to the turn of the nineteenth century, when oyster bars were on virtually every corner. The rest of the menu is an array of classic seafood dishes like lobster rolls and baked haddock. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

9. Ittoku

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1414 Commonwealth Ave
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 605-8078
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Three words: sake, sushi, skewers. Modeled after a Japanese izakaya (and doing an admirable job, based on an early review from Devra First), Ittoku is a casual spot where diners can wash down yakitori, ramen, and more with plenty of sake. [Photo: Facebook]

10. Mei Mei

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506 Park Drive
Boston, MA 02215
At long last, here is the hotly anticipated (and Kickstarted) brick-and-mortar location of popular food truck Mei Mei Street Kitchen. Diners can still enjoy street food at the Audubon Circle location, but there are also more elaborate entrees and other benefits, like being able to sit comfortably while stuffing a Double Awesome in your face. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

11. Fairsted Kitchen

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Beacon St
Brookline, MA
(617) 396-8752
From bottled, carbonated cocktails to USB outlets at the bar for phone-charging, Fairsted Kitchen wants, most of all, to be in service to the neighborhood. The menu ranges from snacks and small plates to giant options for the whole table to share, like a two-pound chateaubriand. The name and design are an homage to late landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who had a Brookline estate called Fairsted. [Photo: Official Source]

12. Ribelle

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1665 Beacon St
Brookline, MA
The hotly anticipated project from Tim Maslow (of Strip-T's fame) is now open in Brookline's Washington Square. Expect dishes like sourdough passatelli with duck, whey, and fermented hots; sweetbread milanese with basil, lemon, and pan gratta; and olive oil ice cream with a chocolate shell. [Photo: Nick DiNatale]

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1. Sarma

249 Pearl St, Somerville, MA
The Oleana empire has expanded to Somerville's Winter Hill in the form of Sarma, which is inspired by Turkish meyhane — restaurants serving meze, or small, shareable plates that highlight the seasons. Full of bright colors and the smell of spices, Sarma is bringing new life to a hidden corner not far from Union Square. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
249 Pearl St
Somerville, MA

2. A4 Pizza

445 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143
Area Four has spawned an adorable pizza-centric Somerville outpost in the former space of the short-lived Bearded Pig in Union Square. The menu is divided into "pizza" and "not pizza," there are Hoodsies and lemon ice for dessert, and a video game emulator running on two televisions lets diners play all their childhood favorites. Starting at 11pm each night, half-priced cold slices are available. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
445 Somerville Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143

3. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

425 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143
Tony Maws' sequel to Craigie on Main was one of the most anticipated fall openings, and now that it has arrived, it's been constantly packed. It has a more casual vibe than Craigie with no fancy tasting menus, but Maws' intense interest in nose-to-tail eating remains. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143

4. Beat Hotel

13 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA
The highly anticipated Harvard Square project from the team behind The Beehive has opened with a jazzy flourish. There's wine on tap, plenty of upscale comfort food, and live music every night. [Photo: Facebook]
13 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA

5. Whisk at 351

351 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113
Ephemeral pop-up restaurant Whisk has popped up in a slightly more permanent way. Owners Jeremy Kean and Philip Kruta have set up shop at 351 Hanover St. through at least the end of December, 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

6. Commonwealth

11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, MA 02142
Former Fenway Park executive chef Steve "Nookie" Postal has just opened his own place in Kendall Square, and it's not just a restaurant. There's a market, too, and both focus on seasonal goods from area farmers. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]
11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142

7. Highball Lounge

90 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108
Nostalgia meets swank at this new lounge in the Nine Zero Hotel downtown, which offers up classic cocktails alongside board games. Look at the menu through a View Master and get a rubber ducky souvenir with one of the drinks. A few small snacks are available; Ken Oringer collaborated on the offerings. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]
90 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02108

8. Row 34

383 Congress st, Boston, MA 02210
The Island Creek Oyster Bar team has just opened Row 34, a more casual, neighborhood-oriented oyster bar in Fort Point. It's an homage to the turn of the nineteenth century, when oyster bars were on virtually every corner. The rest of the menu is an array of classic seafood dishes like lobster rolls and baked haddock. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]
383 Congress st
Boston, MA 02210

9. Ittoku

1414 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton, MA 02135
Three words: sake, sushi, skewers. Modeled after a Japanese izakaya (and doing an admirable job, based on an early review from Devra First), Ittoku is a casual spot where diners can wash down yakitori, ramen, and more with plenty of sake. [Photo: Facebook]
1414 Commonwealth Ave
Brighton, MA 02135

10. Mei Mei

506 Park Drive, Boston, MA 02215
At long last, here is the hotly anticipated (and Kickstarted) brick-and-mortar location of popular food truck Mei Mei Street Kitchen. Diners can still enjoy street food at the Audubon Circle location, but there are also more elaborate entrees and other benefits, like being able to sit comfortably while stuffing a Double Awesome in your face. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]
506 Park Drive
Boston, MA 02215

11. Fairsted Kitchen

Beacon St, Brookline, MA
From bottled, carbonated cocktails to USB outlets at the bar for phone-charging, Fairsted Kitchen wants, most of all, to be in service to the neighborhood. The menu ranges from snacks and small plates to giant options for the whole table to share, like a two-pound chateaubriand. The name and design are an homage to late landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who had a Brookline estate called Fairsted. [Photo: Official Source]
Beacon St
Brookline, MA

12. Ribelle

1665 Beacon St, Brookline, MA
The hotly anticipated project from Tim Maslow (of Strip-T's fame) is now open in Brookline's Washington Square. Expect dishes like sourdough passatelli with duck, whey, and fermented hots; sweetbread milanese with basil, lemon, and pan gratta; and olive oil ice cream with a chocolate shell. [Photo: Nick DiNatale]
1665 Beacon St
Brookline, MA

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