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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!


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. Brabant Bar & Cafe

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2310 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
South Park's newest beer destination has Belgian flavor that extends to the draft and bottled beer selections, the food menu and cocktail list.

9. Blue Ocean

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2958 Madison Ave
Carlsbad, CA
(760) 434-4959
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North County gets a great-looking space that might just be your new favorite cocktail bar or your latest sushi find. The menu's rounded out by yakitori and other Asian-inspired plates.

10. Encore Champagne Bar & Dining Room

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531 F St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 255-5152
A sparkling new spot that's serious about food; keep it light and luxurious with champagne and caviar or dig deeper into a menu of shared plates and more substantial mains.

11. Cafe la Rue

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1132 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-0771
La Valencia Hotel replaced the Whaling Bar with a European-inflected bistro doing casual food with chef-driven intent. Housemade chorizo flavors the paella, the burger's features a custom grind of three cuts of beef and the hand cut fries come with duck fat mayo.

12. Acme Southern Kitchen

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901 E St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 515-2225
The latest charmer from Terryl Gavre (Bankers Hill, Cafe 22) conveys Southern hospitality through a down home menu that features fluffy house-baked biscuits and a quirky, country-fied decor.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. JUKE @ Bottlecraft

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3007 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 501-1177
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The farm-to-table foodists of MIHO Gastrotruck are behind this eatery nestled within North Park's Bottlecraft bottle shop. They're making stuff you want to eat; the considerate and accessible menu highlights flavors from Baja, Asian and Mediterranean.

16. Stone Tap Room

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795 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 727-4452
Launched just in time for baseball season, Stone's East Village outpost has a new food component powered by the brewery's farm in Escondido.

17. 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.

18. 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.

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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. Brabant Bar & Cafe

2310 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
South Park's newest beer destination has Belgian flavor that extends to the draft and bottled beer selections, the food menu and cocktail list.
2310 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

9. Blue Ocean

2958 Madison Ave, Carlsbad, CA
North County gets a great-looking space that might just be your new favorite cocktail bar or your latest sushi find. The menu's rounded out by yakitori and other Asian-inspired plates.
2958 Madison Ave
Carlsbad, CA

10. Encore Champagne Bar & Dining Room

531 F St, San Diego, CA 92101
A sparkling new spot that's serious about food; keep it light and luxurious with champagne and caviar or dig deeper into a menu of shared plates and more substantial mains.
531 F St
San Diego, CA 92101

11. Cafe la Rue

1132 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
La Valencia Hotel replaced the Whaling Bar with a European-inflected bistro doing casual food with chef-driven intent. Housemade chorizo flavors the paella, the burger's features a custom grind of three cuts of beef and the hand cut fries come with duck fat mayo.
1132 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037

12. Acme Southern Kitchen

901 E St, San Diego, CA 92101
The latest charmer from Terryl Gavre (Bankers Hill, Cafe 22) conveys Southern hospitality through a down home menu that features fluffy house-baked biscuits and a quirky, country-fied decor.
901 E St
San Diego, CA 92101

13. 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

14. 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

15. JUKE @ Bottlecraft

3007 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
The farm-to-table foodists of MIHO Gastrotruck are behind this eatery nestled within North Park's Bottlecraft bottle shop. They're making stuff you want to eat; the considerate and accessible menu highlights flavors from Baja, Asian and Mediterranean.
3007 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

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16. Stone Tap Room

795 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
Launched just in time for baseball season, Stone's East Village outpost has a new food component powered by the brewery's farm in Escondido.
795 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

17. 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

18. 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

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