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Updating The Eater Heatmap, January 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 find the latest sushi or burger. 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. New to this update: Osushi Cambridge, Tasty Burger Harvard Square, and the newly reopened Mike & Patty's.

Did we miss your personal favorite blisteringly hot restaurant? By all means, let us know in the comments. Know of a hot upcoming opening? Hit up the tipline!


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Spoke Wine Bar

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89 Holland Street
Somerville, MA
(617) 718-9463
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Wines from small producers, charcuterie, oysters, and dishes like pickled sardines on rye crostini. From the owner of Dave's Fresh Pasta. [Photo: Facebook/Spoke Wine Bar]

2. Bronwyn

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255 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 776-9900
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Reasons why Bronwyn is such a huge deal are many, and include the fact that this is the second venture by Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann of T.W. Food. Also, Bronwyn serves the underrepresented cuisines of Central and Eastern Europe. Also, there's a foie gras knish. [Photo: Chris Coe]

3. Bread + Butter

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64 Cross St.
Boston, MA 02113
North Enders will be glad to get a break from Italian, and everyone can appreciate a full menu from beloved pastry chef and chocolatier Lee Napoli of ChocoLee Chocolates in the South End. [Photo: Chris Coe]

4. Carrie Nation

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Beacon St.
Boston, MA
The latest in nostalgic, cocktail-centric lounges is named for a temperance activist. Sorry, Carrie. The kind of venue where the classic cocktails list features dates of origination. Not just a bar, it's also a restaurant. [Photo: Official Site]

5. Sterling's

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60 State Street
Boston, MA
The latest from the Glynn Hospitality Group, with retro comfort food and cocktails. Perhaps the only venue on the planet that cites both Mad Men and Julia Child among its influences. [Photo: Chris Coe]

6. Tavern Road

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343 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 790-0808
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One of the new kids on the block helping to revitalize the Fort Point dining scene from the brothers DiBiccari. Charcuterie, oysters, porchetta, cocktails, late-night and more. Now with lunch takeout at TR Street Foods. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

7. Blue Dragon

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324 A Street
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 338-8585
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The first Boston proper restaurant by celebrity chef and Blue Ginger chef-owner Ming Tsai. Billed as an Asian gastropub, with dishes ranging from banh mi to bison burgers, roasted oysters and dan dan noodles. [Photo: Facebook/Blue Dragon (Boston)]

8. Boston Chops

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1375 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 227-5011
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A handsome new steakhouse from Deuxave and dbar chef Chris Coombs. There are all the regular cuts, primarily served bone-in, plus dishes like machaca-braised beef cheeks with lime-pickled vegetables. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

9. Chacarero

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800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
Currently the second location of this Chilean sandwich favorite. Fun fact: the company started as a pushcart in Downtown Crossing. [Photo: Facebook/Chacarero]

10. Asta

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47 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Three, five and eight courses tasting menus (and that's it) from L'Espalier alum Alex Crabb. The 41-seat venue is his first solo project. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

11. Gyu-Kaku

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1002 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA
(617) 264-6190
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Seven-hundred worldwide locations later, the Japanese yakiniku chain has arrived in Brookline, featuring tabletop grilling of items like shiitakes, short ribs and salmon. And this makes one more source for ramen. [Photo: Facebook/Gyu-Kaku Boston]

12. Mission Cantina

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1032 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02466
(617) 713-2772
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A Mexican import by way of Amherst, Mission Cantina replaces the Beacon Street Tavern, though the ownership remains the same. Tacos al pastor and lots of distilled agave. [Photo: Facebook/Mission Cantina]

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1. Spoke Wine Bar

89 Holland Street, Somerville, MA
Wines from small producers, charcuterie, oysters, and dishes like pickled sardines on rye crostini. From the owner of Dave's Fresh Pasta. [Photo: Facebook/Spoke Wine Bar]
89 Holland Street
Somerville, MA

2. Bronwyn

255 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Reasons why Bronwyn is such a huge deal are many, and include the fact that this is the second venture by Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann of T.W. Food. Also, Bronwyn serves the underrepresented cuisines of Central and Eastern Europe. Also, there's a foie gras knish. [Photo: Chris Coe]
255 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143

3. Bread + Butter

64 Cross St., Boston, MA 02113
North Enders will be glad to get a break from Italian, and everyone can appreciate a full menu from beloved pastry chef and chocolatier Lee Napoli of ChocoLee Chocolates in the South End. [Photo: Chris Coe]
64 Cross St.
Boston, MA 02113

4. Carrie Nation

Beacon St., Boston, MA
The latest in nostalgic, cocktail-centric lounges is named for a temperance activist. Sorry, Carrie. The kind of venue where the classic cocktails list features dates of origination. Not just a bar, it's also a restaurant. [Photo: Official Site]
Beacon St.
Boston, MA

5. Sterling's

60 State Street, Boston, MA
The latest from the Glynn Hospitality Group, with retro comfort food and cocktails. Perhaps the only venue on the planet that cites both Mad Men and Julia Child among its influences. [Photo: Chris Coe]
60 State Street
Boston, MA

6. Tavern Road

343 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
One of the new kids on the block helping to revitalize the Fort Point dining scene from the brothers DiBiccari. Charcuterie, oysters, porchetta, cocktails, late-night and more. Now with lunch takeout at TR Street Foods. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
343 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

7. Blue Dragon

324 A Street, Boston, MA 02110
The first Boston proper restaurant by celebrity chef and Blue Ginger chef-owner Ming Tsai. Billed as an Asian gastropub, with dishes ranging from banh mi to bison burgers, roasted oysters and dan dan noodles. [Photo: Facebook/Blue Dragon (Boston)]
324 A Street
Boston, MA 02110

8. Boston Chops

1375 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118
A handsome new steakhouse from Deuxave and dbar chef Chris Coombs. There are all the regular cuts, primarily served bone-in, plus dishes like machaca-braised beef cheeks with lime-pickled vegetables. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
1375 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02118

9. Chacarero

800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Currently the second location of this Chilean sandwich favorite. Fun fact: the company started as a pushcart in Downtown Crossing. [Photo: Facebook/Chacarero]
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

10. Asta

47 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Three, five and eight courses tasting menus (and that's it) from L'Espalier alum Alex Crabb. The 41-seat venue is his first solo project. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
47 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02115

11. Gyu-Kaku

1002 Beacon St., Brookline, MA
Seven-hundred worldwide locations later, the Japanese yakiniku chain has arrived in Brookline, featuring tabletop grilling of items like shiitakes, short ribs and salmon. And this makes one more source for ramen. [Photo: Facebook/Gyu-Kaku Boston]
1002 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA

12. Mission Cantina

1032 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02466
A Mexican import by way of Amherst, Mission Cantina replaces the Beacon Street Tavern, though the ownership remains the same. Tacos al pastor and lots of distilled agave. [Photo: Facebook/Mission Cantina]
1032 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02466

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