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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. January was a huge month for new restaurant debuts, see who made the list in the latest Heatmap update.

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


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. 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.

2. 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).

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Market Restaurant & Bar

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3702 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 523-0007
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A just-redesigned dining room and a newly-installed pizza oven mean it's about time to revisit this chef-driven restaurant, which has reopened after a quick redo in November.

12. 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.

13. SEA180º Coastal Tavern

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800 Seacoast Dr
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
(619) 631-4949
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Imperial Beach gets a new beachfront restaurant, courtesy of the Cohn Restaurant Group. The eclectic menu takes influence from the Baja, Pacific Rim, French, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines.

14. Croce's Park West

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2760 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 233-4355
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The legendary local haunt starts a new chapter in Bankers Hill with a menu that mixes longtime favorites and new creations. Live music provides a soundtrack for your meal.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. Lucky Liu's

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332 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 269-1320

Downtown finally gets a dose of Chinese food from this "elevated Asian diner" where you can order dim sum all day long and drink a craft beer with your kung pao.

19. 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.

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1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. Market Restaurant & Bar

3702 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014

A just-redesigned dining room and a newly-installed pizza oven mean it's about time to revisit this chef-driven restaurant, which has reopened after a quick redo in November.

3702 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014

12. 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

13. SEA180º Coastal Tavern

800 Seacoast Dr, Imperial Beach, CA 91932

Imperial Beach gets a new beachfront restaurant, courtesy of the Cohn Restaurant Group. The eclectic menu takes influence from the Baja, Pacific Rim, French, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines.

800 Seacoast Dr
Imperial Beach, CA 91932

14. Croce's Park West

2760 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

The legendary local haunt starts a new chapter in Bankers Hill with a menu that mixes longtime favorites and new creations. Live music provides a soundtrack for your meal.

2760 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

15. 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

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16. 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

17. 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

18. Lucky Liu's

332 J St, San Diego, CA 92101

Downtown finally gets a dose of Chinese food from this "elevated Asian diner" where you can order dim sum all day long and drink a craft beer with your kung pao.

332 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

19. 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

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