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Eater Heatmap Update: Where to Eat Right Now

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort, where to sip the cocktail of the moment and when is Brian Malarkey going to open yet another restaurant.

So, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to highlight where the food-centric crowds are flocking at the moment. New to the map this time around: Gang Kitchen, Ramen Yamadaya and The Blind Burro.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Monello

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750 W Fir St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 501-0030
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From the owners of Bencotto; open for just a few weeks. Menu of Italian street food, pizza, pasta and meat. Free small bites w/a cocktail during aperitivo hours (4-7p.m.).

2. Sushi Tadokoro

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2244 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110
For fans of the documentary film Jiro Dreams of Sushi and traditional Edomae-style nigiri; some new world rolls but thankfully, not many.

3. The Craftsman

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267 North El Camino Real #A
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 452-2000
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A modern tavern from the owners of Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria. Craft beer, duck fat fries, grassfed burger, porchetta, bone marrow. Don't miss the butterscotch dessert.

4. Luce Bar & Kitchen

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1959 Morena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 275-0321
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Gastropub by the owners of adjacent Baci Ristorante. The food needs work, but the staff is friendly, the beer is good and the crowds that pack the place nightly don't seem to mind.

5. Tender Greens

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4545 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92122
(858) 455-9395
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This second location for Tender Greens, in the newly renovated Westfield UTC, was an instant smash. Not sure if the line's longer here or at Liberty Station.

6. Herringbone

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7838 Herschel
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 459-0221
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Opened in the summer but still attracting significant buzz, this visual stunner from Brian Malarkey is the only one of his restaurants to include another Top Chef alum, Herringbone's chef Amanda Baumgarten.

7. The Patio on Lamont Street

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4445 Lamont Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(858) 412-4648
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Opened in late November, brought new life to the former Lamont Street Grill; small plates and craft cocktails to the casual Pacific Beach community.

8. Rakiraki

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4646 Convoy Street #102
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 573-2400
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This modern noodle house offers chicken broth-based ramen and tsukemen, dry noodles serve with a side of concentrated soup for dipping.

9. Gang Kitchen

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345 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
A lounge-like setting, an Asian fusion menu. No, it's not the 90's, but some of the dishes at Gang Kitchen are an homage to fusion cuisine classics reminiscent of Wolfgang Puck's era-defining Chinois.

10. Ramen Yamadaya

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4706 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 483-3431
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This L.A.-based chain specializes in tonkotsu ramen, based on a pork bone-broth that's simmered for 20 hours. Go big and get the Tonkotsu Kotteri, an extra-rich version with black garlic oil.

11. The Blind Burro

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639 J Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 795-7880
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Over 100 tequilas, sangria on tap and a Baja-inspired menu. Their "amigo hour" (happy hour) food is more interesting than most: $5 fish collars and taquitos stuffed sweet potato-chorizo filling or smoked fish.

1. Monello

750 W Fir St, San Diego, CA 92101
From the owners of Bencotto; open for just a few weeks. Menu of Italian street food, pizza, pasta and meat. Free small bites w/a cocktail during aperitivo hours (4-7p.m.).
750 W Fir St
San Diego, CA 92101

2. Sushi Tadokoro

2244 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
For fans of the documentary film Jiro Dreams of Sushi and traditional Edomae-style nigiri; some new world rolls but thankfully, not many.
2244 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110

3. The Craftsman

267 North El Camino Real #A, Encinitas, CA 92024
A modern tavern from the owners of Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria. Craft beer, duck fat fries, grassfed burger, porchetta, bone marrow. Don't miss the butterscotch dessert.
267 North El Camino Real #A
Encinitas, CA 92024

4. Luce Bar & Kitchen

1959 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
Gastropub by the owners of adjacent Baci Ristorante. The food needs work, but the staff is friendly, the beer is good and the crowds that pack the place nightly don't seem to mind.
1959 Morena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110

5. Tender Greens

4545 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92122
This second location for Tender Greens, in the newly renovated Westfield UTC, was an instant smash. Not sure if the line's longer here or at Liberty Station.
4545 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

6. Herringbone

7838 Herschel, La Jolla, CA 92037
Opened in the summer but still attracting significant buzz, this visual stunner from Brian Malarkey is the only one of his restaurants to include another Top Chef alum, Herringbone's chef Amanda Baumgarten.
7838 Herschel
La Jolla, CA 92037

7. The Patio on Lamont Street

4445 Lamont Street, San Diego, CA 92103
Opened in late November, brought new life to the former Lamont Street Grill; small plates and craft cocktails to the casual Pacific Beach community.
4445 Lamont Street
San Diego, CA 92103

8. Rakiraki

4646 Convoy Street #102, San Diego, CA 92111
This modern noodle house offers chicken broth-based ramen and tsukemen, dry noodles serve with a side of concentrated soup for dipping.
4646 Convoy Street #102
San Diego, CA 92111

9. Gang Kitchen

345 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
A lounge-like setting, an Asian fusion menu. No, it's not the 90's, but some of the dishes at Gang Kitchen are an homage to fusion cuisine classics reminiscent of Wolfgang Puck's era-defining Chinois.
345 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

10. Ramen Yamadaya

4706 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117
This L.A.-based chain specializes in tonkotsu ramen, based on a pork bone-broth that's simmered for 20 hours. Go big and get the Tonkotsu Kotteri, an extra-rich version with black garlic oil.
4706 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92117

11. The Blind Burro

639 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Over 100 tequilas, sangria on tap and a Baja-inspired menu. Their "amigo hour" (happy hour) food is more interesting than most: $5 fish collars and taquitos stuffed sweet potato-chorizo filling or smoked fish.
639 J Street
San Diego, CA 92101

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