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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.

20 Feet Seafood Joint

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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]

Belly & Trumpet

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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.
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.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

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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.

Kenny's Smoke House

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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.

Outpost American Tavern

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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.

Pop Diner

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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.

Spoon Bar and Kitchen

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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]
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.

Stampede 66

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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.

The Lot

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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.

TJ's Seafood Market

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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.

Village Marquee

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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.

20 Feet Seafood Joint

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]

Belly & Trumpet

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.

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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.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

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.

Kenny's Smoke House

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.

Outpost American Tavern

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.

Pop Diner

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.

Spoon Bar and Kitchen

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]

Sakhuu

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.

Stampede 66

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.

The Lot

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.

TJ's Seafood Market

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.

Village Marquee

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.

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