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The October 2014 Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

The newest and hottest restaurants around town.

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It's time once again for a fresh update of the Eater Dallas Heatmap, a monthly guide intended to answer the age-old question: "Where should I eat tonight?"

October additions to the map include a walk-up window serving killer sandwiches, a much-appreciated new Indian restaurant and a healthy fast-casual spot delighting kale and quinoa lovers.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Blind Butcher

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1919 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 887-0000
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This dark Lower Greenville bar from Goodfriend owners Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling and chef Oliver Sitrin is a carnivore's dream, especially if you like craft beer and/or whiskey. Get the ever-changing charcuterie plate and/or "big meat board" if it's available, which could include anything from five-animal terrine to bone marrow to osso buco. Housemade sausages are a must, particularly the rotating chicken version. Vegetables are worthwhile, too, particularly the very bacon-y Brussels sprouts.

2. C. Señor

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330 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 941-4766
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Hattie's owner Tony Alvarez transformed the old El Padrino taco stand in Bishop Arts into a tiny walk-up restaurant serving what might just be the best damn Cuban sandwich in town. Yucca fries are a must, and the chorizo burger is also worth trying -- but seriously, that sandwich.

3. Gemma

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2323 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-9426
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If you're looking to impress a date or out-of-town visitors, Stephen Rogers and Allison Yoder's cozy, intimate Henderson Avenue restaurant is a natural choice. Thoughtfully executed dishes like crispy sweetbreads with grainy mustard or duck two ways with barley fried rice are complemented by warm and attentive service. Do not skip dessert by pastry chef Stephanie Childress. Major bonus: Gemma is open till 1 a.m. for night owls who want to eat well.

4. LYFE Kitchen

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3699 McKinney Ave Ste A221
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 526-5933
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Dallas is apparently starved for healthy food, because people are swarming this recently arrived fast-casual chain where everything's under 600 calories. Health nuts can feast on kale and quinoa and wash them down with fruit and veg-infused "LYFE Waters," but there's also plenty of options for the rest of us: Think grass-fed steaks, parmesan sweet potato fries with aioli, and no shortage of beer and wine. (Psst: There's also a Preston Center location.)

5. Kitchen LTO

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3011 Gulden Ln Ste 108
Dallas, TX 75212
(214) 377-0757
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Kitchen LTO 4.0 debuts tonight with former Central 214 chef Blythe Beck at the helm, and you can bet diners will be flooding in to try her new menu, which is heavy on the Southern comfort: think chicken-fried ribeye with bacon redeye gravy, roasted duck pot pie and Maker's Mark banana pudding.

6. Knife Restaurant

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5300 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206
Attention carnivores: John Tesar's modern take on the steakhouse at the Hotel Palomar is where you want to be. Start off with a bacon tasting and ground-to-order steak tartare before moving on to a "new school" cut of prime Texas beef like the tri-tip, downright affordable at a mere $26; or simply grab a spot at the bar and order up a cocktail and the $12 Ozersky burger, which comes with a side of awesome onion rings or super-crispy salsa verde fries.

7. Pecan Lodge

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2702 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 748-8900
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The crowds are bigger than ever since Dallas's best barbecue moved on up from the farmers market to Deep Ellum, but the line also moves pretty quickly these days, and thanks to three times more pit capacity they rarely sell out of that illustrious brisket. If fried ribs are on the specials board, don't hesitate -- coated in a sweet-and-spicy sauce and topped with scallions and blue cheese chunks, they're a steal at $3 each.

8. Proof + Pantry

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1722 Routh St Ste 102
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 880-9940
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Misery Loves Co. (that's Driftwood partners Michael Martensen and Sal Jafar II) and chef Kyle McClelland are giving One Arts Plaza a much-needed injection of something new and exciting with a well-edited cocktail menu and shareable plates like roast chicken and a fancy ham tasting. Bone marrow with onion marshmallows sounds strange but tastes delicious.

9. Shiva's Bar and Grill

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1907 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 250-1429
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Indian food on Lower Greenville? It's practically a dream come true. Excellent pappadum, samosas and naan make the perfect precursor to entrees, whether you choose to play it super-safe with the old standby tikka masala or get a bit more adventurous. Biryanis are awesome, and vegetarians will be delighted with the many meatless options. Bonus: Unlike many of the city's Indian restaurants, Shiva's has a full bar.

10. So&So's

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3309 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 393-6473
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So & So's is serving thoughtfully executed plates like confit pork belly with kimchi sauce, flawlessly cooked fish and a fantastic charcuterie plate in an unlikely location -- right in the midst of McKinney Avenue's bar scene. There are pizzas and wings, too, but it pays to be adventurous here. Cocktails are well-balanced and delivered quickly.

11. Stock & Barrel

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316 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 888-0150
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Former Nosh chef Jon Stevens' first venture is shaking up the Bishop Arts District with a sleek industrial interior and a menu that manages to be simultaneously approachable and adventurous: Think braised pork cheeks with cheese grits, chickpea fries with harissa cream and grilled octopus with green grapes and Marcona almonds, plus one of the more imaginative brunch menus in town.

12. VH Oak Cliff

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1115 North Beckley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75203
(214) 946-1308
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Can VH thrive where Outpost faltered? Former Bistro 31 general manager Victor Hugo and chef Eric Brandt are certainly hoping so, and with a moderately priced menu (think $9 duck taquitos and $24 filet mignon), a laid-back atmosphere and well-priced cocktails, they're certainly on the right track.

1. The Blind Butcher

1919 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
This dark Lower Greenville bar from Goodfriend owners Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling and chef Oliver Sitrin is a carnivore's dream, especially if you like craft beer and/or whiskey. Get the ever-changing charcuterie plate and/or "big meat board" if it's available, which could include anything from five-animal terrine to bone marrow to osso buco. Housemade sausages are a must, particularly the rotating chicken version. Vegetables are worthwhile, too, particularly the very bacon-y Brussels sprouts.
1919 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

2. C. Señor

330 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
Hattie's owner Tony Alvarez transformed the old El Padrino taco stand in Bishop Arts into a tiny walk-up restaurant serving what might just be the best damn Cuban sandwich in town. Yucca fries are a must, and the chorizo burger is also worth trying -- but seriously, that sandwich.
330 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

3. Gemma

2323 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
If you're looking to impress a date or out-of-town visitors, Stephen Rogers and Allison Yoder's cozy, intimate Henderson Avenue restaurant is a natural choice. Thoughtfully executed dishes like crispy sweetbreads with grainy mustard or duck two ways with barley fried rice are complemented by warm and attentive service. Do not skip dessert by pastry chef Stephanie Childress. Major bonus: Gemma is open till 1 a.m. for night owls who want to eat well.
2323 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

4. LYFE Kitchen

3699 McKinney Ave Ste A221, Dallas, TX 75204
Dallas is apparently starved for healthy food, because people are swarming this recently arrived fast-casual chain where everything's under 600 calories. Health nuts can feast on kale and quinoa and wash them down with fruit and veg-infused "LYFE Waters," but there's also plenty of options for the rest of us: Think grass-fed steaks, parmesan sweet potato fries with aioli, and no shortage of beer and wine. (Psst: There's also a Preston Center location.)
3699 McKinney Ave Ste A221
Dallas, TX 75204

5. Kitchen LTO

3011 Gulden Ln Ste 108, Dallas, TX 75212
Kitchen LTO 4.0 debuts tonight with former Central 214 chef Blythe Beck at the helm, and you can bet diners will be flooding in to try her new menu, which is heavy on the Southern comfort: think chicken-fried ribeye with bacon redeye gravy, roasted duck pot pie and Maker's Mark banana pudding.
3011 Gulden Ln Ste 108
Dallas, TX 75212

6. Knife Restaurant

5300 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206
Attention carnivores: John Tesar's modern take on the steakhouse at the Hotel Palomar is where you want to be. Start off with a bacon tasting and ground-to-order steak tartare before moving on to a "new school" cut of prime Texas beef like the tri-tip, downright affordable at a mere $26; or simply grab a spot at the bar and order up a cocktail and the $12 Ozersky burger, which comes with a side of awesome onion rings or super-crispy salsa verde fries.
5300 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206

7. Pecan Lodge

2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
The crowds are bigger than ever since Dallas's best barbecue moved on up from the farmers market to Deep Ellum, but the line also moves pretty quickly these days, and thanks to three times more pit capacity they rarely sell out of that illustrious brisket. If fried ribs are on the specials board, don't hesitate -- coated in a sweet-and-spicy sauce and topped with scallions and blue cheese chunks, they're a steal at $3 each.
2702 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

8. Proof + Pantry

1722 Routh St Ste 102, Dallas, TX 75201
Misery Loves Co. (that's Driftwood partners Michael Martensen and Sal Jafar II) and chef Kyle McClelland are giving One Arts Plaza a much-needed injection of something new and exciting with a well-edited cocktail menu and shareable plates like roast chicken and a fancy ham tasting. Bone marrow with onion marshmallows sounds strange but tastes delicious.
1722 Routh St Ste 102
Dallas, TX 75201

9. Shiva's Bar and Grill

1907 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
Indian food on Lower Greenville? It's practically a dream come true. Excellent pappadum, samosas and naan make the perfect precursor to entrees, whether you choose to play it super-safe with the old standby tikka masala or get a bit more adventurous. Biryanis are awesome, and vegetarians will be delighted with the many meatless options. Bonus: Unlike many of the city's Indian restaurants, Shiva's has a full bar.
1907 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

10. So&So's

3309 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
So & So's is serving thoughtfully executed plates like confit pork belly with kimchi sauce, flawlessly cooked fish and a fantastic charcuterie plate in an unlikely location -- right in the midst of McKinney Avenue's bar scene. There are pizzas and wings, too, but it pays to be adventurous here. Cocktails are well-balanced and delivered quickly.
3309 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

11. Stock & Barrel

316 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
Former Nosh chef Jon Stevens' first venture is shaking up the Bishop Arts District with a sleek industrial interior and a menu that manages to be simultaneously approachable and adventurous: Think braised pork cheeks with cheese grits, chickpea fries with harissa cream and grilled octopus with green grapes and Marcona almonds, plus one of the more imaginative brunch menus in town.
316 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

12. VH Oak Cliff

1115 North Beckley Avenue, Dallas, TX 75203
Can VH thrive where Outpost faltered? Former Bistro 31 general manager Victor Hugo and chef Eric Brandt are certainly hoping so, and with a moderately priced menu (think $9 duck taquitos and $24 filet mignon), a laid-back atmosphere and well-priced cocktails, they're certainly on the right track.
1115 North Beckley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75203

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