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Updating Eater San Diego's Heatmap, February '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 buzz.

This month, we wave a fond farewell to Herringbone, The Craftsman and Ramen Yamadaya (they've all been open for a while), and we welcome three just-opened spots onto the dance floor. Two are in South Park, Eclipse Chocolat's new bistro and chocolate bar and Buona Forchetta pizza, and one's on a pier — Fathom Bistro.

Got a line on a new restaurant with a good amount of heat that should be added to the list? Make sure to drop us a note.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Monello

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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.).

Sushi Tadokoro

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

Luce Bar & Kitchen

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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.

Tender Greens

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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.

The Patio on Lamont Street

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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.

Rakiraki

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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.

Gang Kitchen

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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.

Ramen Yamadaya

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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.

The Blind Burro

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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.

Eclipse Chocolat Bar & Bistro

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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.

Buona Forchetta

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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.

Fathom Bistro, Bait & Tackle

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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.

Monello

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.).

Sushi Tadokoro

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

Luce Bar & Kitchen

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.

Tender Greens

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.

The Patio on Lamont Street

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

Rakiraki

This modern noodle house offers chicken broth-based ramen and tsukemen, dry noodles serve with a side of concentrated soup for dipping.

Gang Kitchen

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.

Ramen Yamadaya

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.

The Blind Burro

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.

Eclipse Chocolat Bar & Bistro

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.

Buona Forchetta

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.

Fathom Bistro, Bait & Tackle

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.

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