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Updating The Eater Boston Heatmap, January 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 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

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

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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. Shake Shack

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92 Winthrop St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 758-8495
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The local Shake Shack cult can rejoice as the Boston area now has its second location of the NYC-based burger chain. The two-story location is in the heart of Harvard Square, in the former OM space - and virtually across the street from local competitor Tasty Burger. A few special concretes (frozen custard with mix-ins) pay homage to nearby schools. [Photo: @bretclancy]

5. State Park

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One Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
The self-proclaimed "obnoxious little sister" to Hungry Mother, State Park opened in December in the former Think Tank space in Kendall Square, featuring amusements like tabletop shuffleboard, a small menu of reasonably priced Southern snacks and light bites, and a beverage program that includes pitchers of cocktails. [Photo: Facebook]

6. Ward 8

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90 N Washington St
Boston, MA 02114
(857) 350-4412
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Named for a classic cocktail, Ward 8 specializes in classic cocktails, complemented by snacks like maple chili duck wings and entrees like cod bouillabaisse. Full of exposed brick and glossy wood, Ward 8 is located in the original Nebo space on the edge of the North End. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

7. Commonwealth

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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]

8. 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]

9. Row 34

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383 Congress st
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 553-5900
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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]

10. Mei Mei

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506 Park Drive
Boston, MA 02215
(857) 250-4959
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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
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]

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. Shake Shack

92 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138
The local Shake Shack cult can rejoice as the Boston area now has its second location of the NYC-based burger chain. The two-story location is in the heart of Harvard Square, in the former OM space - and virtually across the street from local competitor Tasty Burger. A few special concretes (frozen custard with mix-ins) pay homage to nearby schools. [Photo: @bretclancy]
92 Winthrop St
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. State Park

One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139
The self-proclaimed "obnoxious little sister" to Hungry Mother, State Park opened in December in the former Think Tank space in Kendall Square, featuring amusements like tabletop shuffleboard, a small menu of reasonably priced Southern snacks and light bites, and a beverage program that includes pitchers of cocktails. [Photo: Facebook]
One Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA 02139

6. Ward 8

90 N Washington St, Boston, MA 02114
Named for a classic cocktail, Ward 8 specializes in classic cocktails, complemented by snacks like maple chili duck wings and entrees like cod bouillabaisse. Full of exposed brick and glossy wood, Ward 8 is located in the original Nebo space on the edge of the North End. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]
90 N Washington St
Boston, MA 02114

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

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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