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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.

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. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

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. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

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