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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 first Eater Heatmap of 2014, 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!


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. 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.

3. 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).

4. Great Maple

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1451 Washington St.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 255-2282
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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.

5. Queenstown Public House

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(619) 546-0444
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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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Searsucker

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12995 El Camino Real
Del Mar, CA 92130
(858) 369-5700
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The decision to swap out Burlap for a new North County version of Searsucker seems to have been a good one; Eater readers are liking the new menu and the efforts to make the space more inviting.

9. 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.

10. American Voodoo

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4655 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA
(619) 255-8504
The eclectic artwork at this neighborhood-y new eatery is a conversation-starter, and the upscale comfort food menu makes you want to stay awhile.

11. 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

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

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. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

6. 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

7. 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

8. Searsucker

12995 El Camino Real, Del Mar, CA 92130
The decision to swap out Burlap for a new North County version of Searsucker seems to have been a good one; Eater readers are liking the new menu and the efforts to make the space more inviting.
12995 El Camino Real
Del Mar, CA 92130

9. 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

10. American Voodoo

4655 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA
The eclectic artwork at this neighborhood-y new eatery is a conversation-starter, and the upscale comfort food menu makes you want to stay awhile.
4655 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

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16. 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

17. 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

18. 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

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