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Where To Eat Right NOW; Updating The Eater Heatmap

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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. Let's see who made the list in the latest Heatmap update.

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


8/7/14: Added: Común Kitchen & Tavern, Table No. 10

7/3/14: Added: The Patio on Goldfinch, Don Chido, Rare Form, Florent, Bijou, Tacos Perla

6/5/14: Added: COOKBOOK Tavola Calda, Common Theory Public House

5/1/14: Added: Ironside Fish & Oyster, Tidal

04/03/14: Added: Eddie V's, The Flight Path, Stone Tap Room

03/06/14: Added: Juniper & Ivy, Jsix, Juke

02/06/14: Added: Croce's Park West, Blue Ocean, Encore Champagne Bar & Dining Room, Cafe La Rue, Lucky Liu's, ACME Southern Kitchen

01/02/14: Added: Brabant Bar & Cafe, SEA180° Coastal Tavern

12/05/13: Added: Pizzeria Mozza at The Headquarters, Puesto at The Headquarters, MARKET Del Mar

11/07/13: Added: BO-beau Kitchen + Garden; Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen; Waypoint Public

10/03/13: Added: Fogo de Chao; CUCINA enoteca; American Voodoo

08/01/13: Added: Sea & Smoke; Searsucker Del Mar; Bang Bang

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. Sea & Smoke

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2690 Via De La Valle Suite D210
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 925-8212
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Matt Gordon's third restaurant, a stylish and sprawling showpiece in Del Mar, is getting good marks for its wood fired oven-powered all-day menu. Don't miss the shell-baked Diver scallops with black olive crust.

2. CUCINA enoteca

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2730 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 704-4500
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This latest addition to the Urban Kitchen Group is a beauty, and the accessible Italian-inflected menu offered here is already a proven hit at their CUCINA urbana.

3. BO-beau Kitchen + Garden

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8384 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 337-3445
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The Cohn Restaurant Group brings their eclectic bistro concept to the restaurant landscape of La Mesa. Find three renditions of mussels and fries, flatbreads and a new craft cocktail program

4. Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen

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2215 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 255-7213
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Ballast Point's first brewery restaurant is a certified hit, thanks to its Little Italy location, 50 taps of beer and a beyond the traditional brewpub menu by chef Colin MacLaggan.

5. Waypoint Public

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3794 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 255-8778
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The craft beer list, in bottles and on tap, is well-curated to pair with chef Amanda Baumgarten's menu that include house made charcuterie, burgers, fried oyster tacos and more.

6. Pizzeria Mozza at The Headquarters

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789 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

Reservations are essential at this bustling eatery with a celeb chef pedigree. The kitchen is getting increasingly deft in their handling of the pizza oven and desserts, from their famous butterscotch budino to the housemade gelato, are a must.

7. Puesto at The Headquarters

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789 W Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 233-8880
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Puesto provides a seriously stunning setting for a menu that showcases its signature tacos as well as Mexican small plates and inspired craft cocktails.

8. Common Theory Public House

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4805 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111

This spacious and friendly new beer mecca has 30 rotating taps, plenty of elbow room and an expansive menu that ranges from Korean fried chicken to Carlsbad mussels.

9. Juniper & Ivy

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2228 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(858) 481-3666
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Early word on Richard Blais' San Diego debut has been encouraging, with most diners responding positively to his seasonally-driven "left coast cookery". Excitement's building towards the launch of the chef's tasting menu and the full unleashing of his bag of tricks.

10. Jsix Restaurant

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616 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 531-8744
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Jsix's new recipe for success includes a bright new dining room, a competitive cocktail program and a playful, craveable menu from chef Christian Graves. It's a welcome downtown dining destination.

11. Ironside Fish & Oyster

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1654 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 269-3033
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CH Project's latest creation in Little Italy is a stunner, equal parts slick design and irreverent whimsy. The concise, seafood-centric menu is well-delivered and the cocktails, as per usual for these pros, are compulsively drinkable.

12. Tidal

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1404 Vacation Road
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 490-6363
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Bayfront Baleen's recent transformation into Tidal puts chef Amy DiBiase's new menu center-stage in a freshly made-over dining room.

13. Don Chido

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527 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-8226
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The Gaslamp's new modern Mexican hotspot has exec chef Antonio Friscia holding it down in the kitchen, cooking up a menu that centers around his custom-made grill. The chipotle-dusted whole fish is a must.

14. Rare Form

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793 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 255-6507

CH Projects' Ironside Fish & Oyster is still generating a ton of heat but their newest, an East Village deli-meets-bar, is building buzz around a menu of sandwiches, both classic and new wave. Waffle sandwiches, anyone?

15. The Patio on Goldfinch

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4020 Goldfinch St
San Diego, CA

The second location of this popular eatery had a powerhouse opening two weeks ago and the crowds are still pouring in to enjoy The Patio's stunning indoor/outdoor design. Bonus points for their very own cheese cave.

16. Florent Restaurant & Lounge

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672 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 595-0123
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This thorough update of a landmark downtown lounge keeps its nightlife identity but ups its food factor with a new menu from chef/partner Rich Sweeney.

17. Bijou

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1205 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 750-3695
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The former Amaya La Jolla now has a decidedly French accent, with a faithful new bistro menu from Addison's chef in charge, William Bradley, and Bijou's own chef de cuisine, Shaun Gethin.

18. Tacos Perla

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3000 Upas St.
San Diego, CA 92104

The playful new North Park taqueria from the owners of The Pearl has been turning out tons of tacos since its late June opening. The handmade tortillas are filled with everything from carne asada to octopus, with optional crickets for added crunch. Don't miss their mango-infused twist on a michelada.

19. Común Kitchen & Tavern

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935 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 358-9707
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Chad White's new solo project in the East Villages features striking custom art and a borderless menu that reflects the chef's diverse culinary sensibilities. Monthly events with guest chefs build a spirit of community.

20. Table No. 10

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369 10th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 550-1262
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This chef-driven restaurant is a welcome addition, bringing modern cooking techniques, well-crafted cocktails and thoughtful service to the downtown dining scene.

1. Sea & Smoke

2690 Via De La Valle Suite D210, Del Mar, CA 92014

Matt Gordon's third restaurant, a stylish and sprawling showpiece in Del Mar, is getting good marks for its wood fired oven-powered all-day menu. Don't miss the shell-baked Diver scallops with black olive crust.

2690 Via De La Valle Suite D210
Del Mar, CA 92014

2. CUCINA enoteca

2730 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014

This latest addition to the Urban Kitchen Group is a beauty, and the accessible Italian-inflected menu offered here is already a proven hit at their CUCINA urbana.

2730 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014

3. BO-beau Kitchen + Garden

8384 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942

The Cohn Restaurant Group brings their eclectic bistro concept to the restaurant landscape of La Mesa. Find three renditions of mussels and fries, flatbreads and a new craft cocktail program

8384 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942

4. Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen

2215 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

Ballast Point's first brewery restaurant is a certified hit, thanks to its Little Italy location, 50 taps of beer and a beyond the traditional brewpub menu by chef Colin MacLaggan.

2215 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

5. Waypoint Public

3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

The craft beer list, in bottles and on tap, is well-curated to pair with chef Amanda Baumgarten's menu that include house made charcuterie, burgers, fried oyster tacos and more.

3794 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

6. Pizzeria Mozza at The Headquarters

789 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Reservations are essential at this bustling eatery with a celeb chef pedigree. The kitchen is getting increasingly deft in their handling of the pizza oven and desserts, from their famous butterscotch budino to the housemade gelato, are a must.

789 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

7. Puesto at The Headquarters

789 W Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101

Puesto provides a seriously stunning setting for a menu that showcases its signature tacos as well as Mexican small plates and inspired craft cocktails.

789 W Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

8. Common Theory Public House

4805 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

This spacious and friendly new beer mecca has 30 rotating taps, plenty of elbow room and an expansive menu that ranges from Korean fried chicken to Carlsbad mussels.

4805 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111

9. Juniper & Ivy

2228 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Early word on Richard Blais' San Diego debut has been encouraging, with most diners responding positively to his seasonally-driven "left coast cookery". Excitement's building towards the launch of the chef's tasting menu and the full unleashing of his bag of tricks.

2228 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

10. Jsix Restaurant

616 J St, San Diego, CA 92101

Jsix's new recipe for success includes a bright new dining room, a competitive cocktail program and a playful, craveable menu from chef Christian Graves. It's a welcome downtown dining destination.

616 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

11. Ironside Fish & Oyster

1654 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

CH Project's latest creation in Little Italy is a stunner, equal parts slick design and irreverent whimsy. The concise, seafood-centric menu is well-delivered and the cocktails, as per usual for these pros, are compulsively drinkable.

1654 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

12. Tidal

1404 Vacation Road, San Diego, CA 92109

Bayfront Baleen's recent transformation into Tidal puts chef Amy DiBiase's new menu center-stage in a freshly made-over dining room.

1404 Vacation Road
San Diego, CA 92109

13. Don Chido

527 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

The Gaslamp's new modern Mexican hotspot has exec chef Antonio Friscia holding it down in the kitchen, cooking up a menu that centers around his custom-made grill. The chipotle-dusted whole fish is a must.

527 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

14. Rare Form

793 J St, San Diego, CA 92101

CH Projects' Ironside Fish & Oyster is still generating a ton of heat but their newest, an East Village deli-meets-bar, is building buzz around a menu of sandwiches, both classic and new wave. Waffle sandwiches, anyone?

793 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

15. The Patio on Goldfinch

4020 Goldfinch St, San Diego, CA

The second location of this popular eatery had a powerhouse opening two weeks ago and the crowds are still pouring in to enjoy The Patio's stunning indoor/outdoor design. Bonus points for their very own cheese cave.

4020 Goldfinch St
San Diego, CA

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16. Florent Restaurant & Lounge

672 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

This thorough update of a landmark downtown lounge keeps its nightlife identity but ups its food factor with a new menu from chef/partner Rich Sweeney.

672 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

17. Bijou

1205 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037

The former Amaya La Jolla now has a decidedly French accent, with a faithful new bistro menu from Addison's chef in charge, William Bradley, and Bijou's own chef de cuisine, Shaun Gethin.

1205 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037

18. Tacos Perla

3000 Upas St., San Diego, CA 92104

The playful new North Park taqueria from the owners of The Pearl has been turning out tons of tacos since its late June opening. The handmade tortillas are filled with everything from carne asada to octopus, with optional crickets for added crunch. Don't miss their mango-infused twist on a michelada.

3000 Upas St.
San Diego, CA 92104

19. Común Kitchen & Tavern

935 J St, San Diego, CA 92101

Chad White's new solo project in the East Villages features striking custom art and a borderless menu that reflects the chef's diverse culinary sensibilities. Monthly events with guest chefs build a spirit of community.

935 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

20. Table No. 10

369 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

This chef-driven restaurant is a welcome addition, bringing modern cooking techniques, well-crafted cocktails and thoughtful service to the downtown dining scene.

369 10th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

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