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Updating Eater San Diego's Heatmap, April '13

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have just one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot and what to try. And while the Eater 38 is a great resource that covers old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it's not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment.

Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to highlight the latest openings that are generating serious buzz. See who made the list in this month's Heatmap update.

Know of a new restaurant with a good amount of heat that should be added to the list? Send us a tip!


04/04/13: Added: The Haven Pizzeria, Amaya La Jolla.

03/07/13: Added: Soda & Swine, Great Maple, Heights Tavern, Project Pie

02/07/13: Added: Eclipse Chocolat, Buona Forchetta and Fathom Bistro.

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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 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Eclipse Chocolat Bar & Bistro

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2145 Fern Street
San Diego, Ca 92104
Eclipse's new South Park digs offer a new beer & wine menu, snacks and dessert plus a weekend brunch service that's soon to be a daily occurrence.

7. Buona Forchetta

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3001 Beech Street
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 381-4844
This corner joint boasts a real deal Neapolitan pizza oven. The small size of the restaurant combined with lots of initial buzz makes for frequent long waits for a table.

8. Fathom Bistro, Bait & Tackle

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1776 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
A craft beer vet transforms a Shelter Island bait and tackle store into a beer bar and eatery with a great tap list, kimchi-topped hot dogs and burgers, and a killer bay view.

9. Soda & Swine

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2943 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 269-7632
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A choose your own adventure meal, starring meatballs. The sides shine, including crispy polenta with burrata. Hop next door for a cocktail at Polite Provisions (bring your food or have it delivered).

10. Great Maple

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1451 Washington St.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 255-2282
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A longstanding diner gets a swanky mid-century modern makeover from Johnny Rivera (Hash House, The Tractor Room). The desserts and homemade pies are standouts.

11. Heights Tavern

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3377 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 501-3455
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Normal Heights gets a spike in patio seating thanks to this better version of a sports bar which serves chef-y pub grub (burgers, chili and fries), plus craft cocktails and beer.

12. Project Pie

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3888 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 241-2881
This locally-owned chain is on the verge of global expansion. Project Pie specializes in speedy food made fresh, your way; their customizable flatbread pizzas cook up in a matter of minutes.

13. The Haven Pizzeria

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4051 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
A friendly new pizzeria for the Kensington neighborhood - the owner also runs a nearby cafe. Besides pizza, people are flocking for the starters, salads and selection of craft beer.

14. Amaya La Jolla

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1205 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 750-3695
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Amaya has a relation in North County's Grand Del Mar, but this new La Jolla outpost differentiates itself by giving their upscale American menu a bit of Southern flair.

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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 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. Eclipse Chocolat Bar & Bistro

2145 Fern Street, San Diego, Ca 92104
Eclipse's new South Park digs offer a new beer & wine menu, snacks and dessert plus a weekend brunch service that's soon to be a daily occurrence.
2145 Fern Street
San Diego, Ca 92104

7. Buona Forchetta

3001 Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92102
This corner joint boasts a real deal Neapolitan pizza oven. The small size of the restaurant combined with lots of initial buzz makes for frequent long waits for a table.
3001 Beech Street
San Diego, CA 92102

8. Fathom Bistro, Bait & Tackle

1776 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
A craft beer vet transforms a Shelter Island bait and tackle store into a beer bar and eatery with a great tap list, kimchi-topped hot dogs and burgers, and a killer bay view.
1776 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

9. Soda & Swine

2943 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
A choose your own adventure meal, starring meatballs. The sides shine, including crispy polenta with burrata. Hop next door for a cocktail at Polite Provisions (bring your food or have it delivered).
2943 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

10. Great Maple

1451 Washington St., San Diego, CA 92103
A longstanding diner gets a swanky mid-century modern makeover from Johnny Rivera (Hash House, The Tractor Room). The desserts and homemade pies are standouts.
1451 Washington St.
San Diego, CA 92103

11. Heights Tavern

3377 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Normal Heights gets a spike in patio seating thanks to this better version of a sports bar which serves chef-y pub grub (burgers, chili and fries), plus craft cocktails and beer.
3377 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

12. Project Pie

3888 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
This locally-owned chain is on the verge of global expansion. Project Pie specializes in speedy food made fresh, your way; their customizable flatbread pizzas cook up in a matter of minutes.
3888 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103

13. The Haven Pizzeria

4051 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
A friendly new pizzeria for the Kensington neighborhood - the owner also runs a nearby cafe. Besides pizza, people are flocking for the starters, salads and selection of craft beer.
4051 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116

14. Amaya La Jolla

1205 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
Amaya has a relation in North County's Grand Del Mar, but this new La Jolla outpost differentiates itself by giving their upscale American menu a bit of Southern flair.
1205 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037

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