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The Eater Dallas Heatmap: March 2013 Edition

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Pondering where you should eat today, tonight, this weekend? Eater is back to answer that very question with our newest addition of the Heatmap—a guide to what's new, what's hot, and where folks in the know are lining up to dine.

Additions to the March 2013 Heatmap include a new family-friendly spot in East Dallas, a Highland Park staple rocking a new chef and a fresh new menu, and a down-to-earth seafood joint from a longtime Dallas chef.

Got a suggestion for a restaurant you think deserves to be added to next month's Heatmap? Drop us a line or leave a comment and stay tuned for the next edition of the Heatmap, dropping the first Thursday of January. The Eater Fort Worth Heatmap will make its debut next week.

IN: 20 Feet Seafood Joint, Belly & Trumpet, The Lot, Village Marquee
OUT: Ellen's Southern Kitchen, Joyce & Gigi's, La Ventana


January
Added: Meso Maya, Outpost American Tavern, Sakhuu
Removed: Monica's Nueva Cocina

February
Added: Ellen's Southern Kitchen, Joyce and Gigi's, La Ventana, Kenny's Smoke House, Pop Diner
Removed: Boulevardier, Meso Maya, Bowl & Barrel, Jack's Southern Comfort Food, Meddlesome Moth

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 20 Feet Seafood Joint

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1160 Peavy Road
Dallas, TX 75218
(972) 707-7442
Long-time Dallas chef Marc Cassel is serving up everything from po'boys to ramen in this casual East Dallas spot. (Just don't forget to BYOB.) [Photo: UrbanDaddy Dallas]

2. Belly & Trumpet

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3407 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 855-5551
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Oak chef de cuisine Brian Zenner is wowing crowds nightly at this ultra-hot McKinney Avenue space boasting sexy decor, killer cocktails, and perfectly executed small plates.

3. Ft33

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1617 Hi Line Dr
Dallas, TX 75207
Matt McCallister and his all-star crew present a constantly-evolving menu of creative, seasonal-inspired dishes with modern touches at this Design District hot spot. Don't miss the housemade charcuterie.

4. Hopdoddy Burger Bar

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6030 Luther Lane Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75225
This Austin-based eco-friendly burger joint is drawing crowds from the Park Cities and beyond for juicy Black Angus burgers, Nutella-pretzel milkshakes and cocktails better than you'd expect from a burger place. The Dallas Morning News recently awarded them three stars.

5. Kenny's Smoke House

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5760 Legacy Drive, #B4
Plano, TX 75024
(972) 473-7478
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The newest venture from chef Kenny Bowers is putting a bit of an upscale twist on barbecue with smoked brisket, ribs, pork, and more, plus Kenny classics like burgers and smoked gouda mac -- not to mention the impeccable service that all Kenny's restaurants are known for.

6. Outpost American Tavern

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1115 North Beckley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75203
(214) 946-1308
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This new casual gastropubby spot from John Paul Valverde and Miguel Vicens replaces the departed Campo and is drawing curious folks from the neighborhood and beyond to check out the new, more approachable and affordable menu options.

7. Pop Diner

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3600 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 599-8980
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One of the few 24-hour joints in the area, Pop Diner is drawing late-night crowds for breakfast, pita sandwiches, burgers, and a full bar shaking up Pop Rocks martinis and boozy milkshakes.

8. Spoon Bar and Kitchen

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8220 Westchester Dr
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 368-8220
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Recent Top Chef contestant John Tesar continues to draw crowds to his newest and best restaurant to date, where he's pushing the seafood envelope with dishes like smoked eel head cheese and black truffle and oyster stew. Newly arrived pastry chef David Collier is shaking up the dessert menu. [Photo: Kevin Marple]

9. Sakhuu

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4801 Bryan St. #100
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 828-9300
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This new Thai spot from the former owner of Thai-riffic on Cedar Springs is giving nearby mainstay Bangkok City a run for its money with dishes like stuffed chicken wings, tom kha and curries. Bonus: It's BYOB, and every Monday this month all proceeds go to charity.

10. Stampede 66

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1717 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
Stephan Pyles' hyper-Texan restaurant remains one of the hottest tables in town with dishes like fancy Frito pie and tacos with housemade tortillas, all served under a ceiling painted to resemble the Texas sky.

11. The Lot

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7530 E Grand Ave
Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 321-1990
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The fresh reincarnation of Backyard Beach Bar is drawing East Dallas families for a menu with a healthy slant (think cocktails with fresh-pressed juices, roast chicken, and kale salads) and expansive outdoor space.

12. TJ's Seafood Market

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4212 Oak Lawn
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 219-3474
The newest Oak Lawn outpost of TJ's isn't just a seafood market, it's also a restaurant luring folks in with dollar oyster night on Sundays and a mean lobster roll; crawfish season is drawing mudbug-lovers in for Sunday afternoon feasting.

13. Village Marquee

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32 Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 522-6035
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This tony Highland Park Village spot has a new chef (Andre Natera, formerly of the Pyramid) and a brand spankin' new menu with dishes like smoked hamachi tartare and an asparagus risotto with morels that heralds the arrival of spring.

1. 20 Feet Seafood Joint

1160 Peavy Road, Dallas, TX 75218
Long-time Dallas chef Marc Cassel is serving up everything from po'boys to ramen in this casual East Dallas spot. (Just don't forget to BYOB.) [Photo: UrbanDaddy Dallas]
1160 Peavy Road
Dallas, TX 75218

2. Belly & Trumpet

3407 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204
Oak chef de cuisine Brian Zenner is wowing crowds nightly at this ultra-hot McKinney Avenue space boasting sexy decor, killer cocktails, and perfectly executed small plates.
3407 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204

3. Ft33

1617 Hi Line Dr, Dallas, TX 75207
Matt McCallister and his all-star crew present a constantly-evolving menu of creative, seasonal-inspired dishes with modern touches at this Design District hot spot. Don't miss the housemade charcuterie.
1617 Hi Line Dr
Dallas, TX 75207

4. Hopdoddy Burger Bar

6030 Luther Lane Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75225
This Austin-based eco-friendly burger joint is drawing crowds from the Park Cities and beyond for juicy Black Angus burgers, Nutella-pretzel milkshakes and cocktails better than you'd expect from a burger place. The Dallas Morning News recently awarded them three stars.
6030 Luther Lane Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75225

5. Kenny's Smoke House

5760 Legacy Drive, #B4, Plano, TX 75024
The newest venture from chef Kenny Bowers is putting a bit of an upscale twist on barbecue with smoked brisket, ribs, pork, and more, plus Kenny classics like burgers and smoked gouda mac -- not to mention the impeccable service that all Kenny's restaurants are known for.
5760 Legacy Drive, #B4
Plano, TX 75024

6. Outpost American Tavern

1115 North Beckley Avenue, Dallas, TX 75203
This new casual gastropubby spot from John Paul Valverde and Miguel Vicens replaces the departed Campo and is drawing curious folks from the neighborhood and beyond to check out the new, more approachable and affordable menu options.
1115 North Beckley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75203

7. Pop Diner

3600 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
One of the few 24-hour joints in the area, Pop Diner is drawing late-night crowds for breakfast, pita sandwiches, burgers, and a full bar shaking up Pop Rocks martinis and boozy milkshakes.
3600 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

8. Spoon Bar and Kitchen

8220 Westchester Dr, Dallas, TX 75225
Recent Top Chef contestant John Tesar continues to draw crowds to his newest and best restaurant to date, where he's pushing the seafood envelope with dishes like smoked eel head cheese and black truffle and oyster stew. Newly arrived pastry chef David Collier is shaking up the dessert menu. [Photo: Kevin Marple]
8220 Westchester Dr
Dallas, TX 75225

9. Sakhuu

4801 Bryan St. #100, Dallas, TX 75204
This new Thai spot from the former owner of Thai-riffic on Cedar Springs is giving nearby mainstay Bangkok City a run for its money with dishes like stuffed chicken wings, tom kha and curries. Bonus: It's BYOB, and every Monday this month all proceeds go to charity.
4801 Bryan St. #100
Dallas, TX 75204

10. Stampede 66

1717 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
Stephan Pyles' hyper-Texan restaurant remains one of the hottest tables in town with dishes like fancy Frito pie and tacos with housemade tortillas, all served under a ceiling painted to resemble the Texas sky.
1717 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201

11. The Lot

7530 E Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75214
The fresh reincarnation of Backyard Beach Bar is drawing East Dallas families for a menu with a healthy slant (think cocktails with fresh-pressed juices, roast chicken, and kale salads) and expansive outdoor space.
7530 E Grand Ave
Dallas, TX 75214

12. TJ's Seafood Market

4212 Oak Lawn, Dallas, TX 75205
The newest Oak Lawn outpost of TJ's isn't just a seafood market, it's also a restaurant luring folks in with dollar oyster night on Sundays and a mean lobster roll; crawfish season is drawing mudbug-lovers in for Sunday afternoon feasting.
4212 Oak Lawn
Dallas, TX 75205

13. Village Marquee

32 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205
This tony Highland Park Village spot has a new chef (Andre Natera, formerly of the Pyramid) and a brand spankin' new menu with dishes like smoked hamachi tartare and an asparagus risotto with morels that heralds the arrival of spring.
32 Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205

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