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Updating Eater San Diego's Heatmap, July '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!


07/11/13: Added: Southpaw Social Club, Tender Greens Downtown, Blue Ribbon Artisan Kitchen, The Hake

06/06/13: Added: Salt & Cleaver, Magnolia Tap & Kitchen, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station

05/02/13: Added: Queenstown Public House, Hubcap.

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. 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.

3. 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.

4. Fathom Bistro, Bait & Tackle

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1776 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 222-5835
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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.

5. 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).

6. Great Maple

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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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Queenstown Public House

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Queenstown is a New Zealand-inspired spot with thoroughly San Diegan priorities: patios, burgers and Sunday brunch. The striking design of this repurposed house ensures that every seat's got great-looking view.

10. Salt & Cleaver

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3805 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 756-6677
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Sausages. Beer. Cocktails. This Hillcrest hotspot offers over 20 kinds of sausages, which you can customize with different sauces and toppings until you're satisfied with your creation.

11. Magnolia Tap & Kitchen

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624 E Street
San Diego, Ca 92101
(619) 255-0925
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A respite from the downtown scene, Magnolia's food is inspired by the south (cornbread, pulled pork, pecan pie) but its craft beer list is thoroughly SoCal.

12. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station

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2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 269-2100
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Our largest craft brewery finally debuts their second brewery restaurant in Liberty Station - 23,500 square feet of dining rooms, outdoor space and lots and lots of beer.

13. Southpaw Social Club

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815 J St.
San Diego, CA 92101
Chef Rich Sweeney and Good Time Design are hoping for a home run with this ballpark-adjacent restaurant and bar whose comfort food cuisine gets a dose of Southern hospitality.

14. Tender Greens Downtown

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120 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Tender Greens' third San Diego location has been an out-of-the-box hit with downtown denizens and office workers. Lines are inevitable, but the speedy kitchen crew keeps things moving at a clip.

15. Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen

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530 University Ave
San Diego, CA
The buzz is that Hillcrest's worthy food options have gotten a big boost since the opening of this artisan pasta restaurant from North County chef Wade Hageman.

16. The Hake

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1250 Prospect St, Ste B10
San Diego, CA 92037
(858) 454-1637
The raw and gently cured seafood preparations are the way to go at this stylish new La Jolla restaurant with Mexico City roots. Linger over a craft cocktail or delve into their collection of smoke mezcal.

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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. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. Queenstown Public House

San Diego, CA 92101
Queenstown is a New Zealand-inspired spot with thoroughly San Diegan priorities: patios, burgers and Sunday brunch. The striking design of this repurposed house ensures that every seat's got great-looking view.

10. Salt & Cleaver

3805 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
Sausages. Beer. Cocktails. This Hillcrest hotspot offers over 20 kinds of sausages, which you can customize with different sauces and toppings until you're satisfied with your creation.
3805 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103

11. Magnolia Tap & Kitchen

624 E Street, San Diego, Ca 92101
A respite from the downtown scene, Magnolia's food is inspired by the south (cornbread, pulled pork, pecan pie) but its craft beer list is thoroughly SoCal.
624 E Street
San Diego, Ca 92101

12. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station

2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116, San Diego, CA 92106
Our largest craft brewery finally debuts their second brewery restaurant in Liberty Station - 23,500 square feet of dining rooms, outdoor space and lots and lots of beer.
2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116
San Diego, CA 92106

13. Southpaw Social Club

815 J St., San Diego, CA 92101
Chef Rich Sweeney and Good Time Design are hoping for a home run with this ballpark-adjacent restaurant and bar whose comfort food cuisine gets a dose of Southern hospitality.
815 J St.
San Diego, CA 92101

14. Tender Greens Downtown

120 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
Tender Greens' third San Diego location has been an out-of-the-box hit with downtown denizens and office workers. Lines are inevitable, but the speedy kitchen crew keeps things moving at a clip.
120 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

15. Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen

530 University Ave, San Diego, CA
The buzz is that Hillcrest's worthy food options have gotten a big boost since the opening of this artisan pasta restaurant from North County chef Wade Hageman.
530 University Ave
San Diego, CA

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16. The Hake

1250 Prospect St, Ste B10, San Diego, CA 92037
The raw and gently cured seafood preparations are the way to go at this stylish new La Jolla restaurant with Mexico City roots. Linger over a craft cocktail or delve into their collection of smoke mezcal.
1250 Prospect St, Ste B10
San Diego, CA 92037

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