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Updating The Eater Boston Heatmap, July 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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar

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1727 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
Belmont's il Casale now has a new sibling in Lexington, courtesy of chef Dante de Magistris and his brothers Filippo and Damian. The new restaurant focuses on old recipes from Southern Italy, passed down to the brothers by their "Nonna." [Photo: Katie Chudy]

2. 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]

3. 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]

4. 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]

5. The Taco Truck

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83 Mount Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(857) 829-3904
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This small NJ-based chain of trucks and restaurants arrived in Boston a couple years ago in truck form, but the long-promised brick-and-mortar location is now open in the former Felipe's space in Harvard Square. Open until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday for late-night taco cravings. [Photo: Official Site]

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. Pastoral

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345 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 345-0005
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Todd Winer is serving up Neapolitan-style pizza in Fort Point, along with house-made pasta dishes, cocktails (some made with beer), a variety of garlic knots, and more. [Photo: Katie Chudy]

11. Audubon

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838 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 421-1910
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The team behind Trina's Starlite Lounge took over Audubon Circle and revamped it into Audubon (minus the "triangle of death," a pointy table that used to occupy the middle of the space). The restaurant and bar reopened just in time for baseball's opening day, and it's been busy every since thanks to factors like Suzi Maitland's comfort food menu and a strong sense of hospitality. [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. Il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar

1727 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420
Belmont's il Casale now has a new sibling in Lexington, courtesy of chef Dante de Magistris and his brothers Filippo and Damian. The new restaurant focuses on old recipes from Southern Italy, passed down to the brothers by their "Nonna." [Photo: Katie Chudy]
1727 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. The Taco Truck

83 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138
This small NJ-based chain of trucks and restaurants arrived in Boston a couple years ago in truck form, but the long-promised brick-and-mortar location is now open in the former Felipe's space in Harvard Square. Open until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday for late-night taco cravings. [Photo: Official Site]
83 Mount Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138

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. Pastoral

345 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
Todd Winer is serving up Neapolitan-style pizza in Fort Point, along with house-made pasta dishes, cocktails (some made with beer), a variety of garlic knots, and more. [Photo: Katie Chudy]
345 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

11. Audubon

838 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215
The team behind Trina's Starlite Lounge took over Audubon Circle and revamped it into Audubon (minus the "triangle of death," a pointy table that used to occupy the middle of the space). The restaurant and bar reopened just in time for baseball's opening day, and it's been busy every since thanks to factors like Suzi Maitland's comfort food menu and a strong sense of hospitality. [Photo: Katie Chudy]
838 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02215

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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