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Updating The Eater Boston Heatmap, May 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 soup dumplings 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

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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. 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. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

3. Alden & Harlow

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40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
The much-anticipated project from Russell House Tavern alum Michael Scelfo is finally here, and its opening week went off impressively well, from an already-popular "secret" burger to a lively bar scene. Try it right away before the lines are perpetually out the door. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

4. Dumpling House

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950 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
This Gourmet Dumpling House sibling just opened across the river in Cambridge's Central Square, and there are already substantial lines at peak hours. Despite the name, be sure to venture beyond dumplings as well. [Photo: Facebook]

5. State Park

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One Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 848-4355
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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. 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. 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]

8. 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]

9. 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]

10. 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. [Photo: Katie Chudy]

11. Merrill & Co.

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1 Appleton St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 728-0728
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This newcomer from the jm Curley team took over the former 28 Degrees space in the South End, creating an old-timey, casual spot for a menu that focuses on seafood and sharing. [Photo: Katie Chudy]

12. 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]

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. 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. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
124 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

3. Alden & Harlow

40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
The much-anticipated project from Russell House Tavern alum Michael Scelfo is finally here, and its opening week went off impressively well, from an already-popular "secret" burger to a lively bar scene. Try it right away before the lines are perpetually out the door. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]
40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

4. Dumpling House

950 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
This Gourmet Dumpling House sibling just opened across the river in Cambridge's Central Square, and there are already substantial lines at peak hours. Despite the name, be sure to venture beyond dumplings as well. [Photo: Facebook]
950 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

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. 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. 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

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. 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

10. 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. [Photo: Katie Chudy]
838 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02215

11. Merrill & Co.

1 Appleton St, Boston, MA 02116
This newcomer from the jm Curley team took over the former 28 Degrees space in the South End, creating an old-timey, casual spot for a menu that focuses on seafood and sharing. [Photo: Katie Chudy]
1 Appleton St
Boston, MA 02116

12. 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

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