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The Eater Dallas Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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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.

After nearly a year, long-time Heatmap residents Spoon and FT33 have finally stepped aside to make way for the slew of new fall openings. New additions to this month's Heatmap include the newest Henderson Avenue hot spot, Klyde Warren Park's newest addition with scenic views, and a packed Lower Greenville spot offering up cheesesteaks and cocktails on tap.

IN: Kitchen LTO, Mesero Miguel, Monkey King Noodle Co., Savor, Tanoshii Ramen, Truck Yard

OUT: Boxwood Tap & Grill, Cock and Bull, Dallas Beer Kitchen, FT33, Mutts, Spoon Bar & Kitchen

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 May.


Heatmap History

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

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

April
Added: Lark on the Park, Double Wide, FM Smoke House, Yama Sushi, Battuto
Removed: TJ's Seafood Market, Outpost, Kenny's Smoke House, Village Marquee, Hopdoddy, Pop Diner

May
Added: Cane Rosso White Rock, Full Circle Tavern, Mot Hai Ba, The Slow Bone
Removed: Double Wide, Sakhuu, The Lot, Yama Sushi

June
Added: Haystack Burgers & Barley, HG Sply Co., Hospitality Sweet
Removed: Battuto, FM Smokehouse, Stampede 66

July
Added: Mercat, Mutts, Pakpao Thai, WORK
Removed: Full Circle Tavern, Haystack Burgers & Barley, Hospitality Sweet

August
Added: Boxwood T&G, Cock & Bull, Dallas Beer Kitchen
Removed: HG Sply Co., Lark on the Park, Mercat Bistro

September
Added: Glazed Donut Works, Village Kitchen, Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern
Removed: 20 Feet, Cane Rosso White Rock, WORK.

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Belly & Trumpet

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Former 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, globally-influenced small plates like beef tongue steamed buns and crab beignets with Pernod aioli.

Glazed Donut Works

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This new Deep Ellum doughnut shop is hot, hot, hot, serving long lines of early birds with donuts like The Elvis Killer, Achocolypse Now and a killer vegan banana-pecan cake doughnut. Grab a cold-brew coffee for the perfect (if not most healthy) breakfast.

Kitchen LTO

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One-time Acme F&B chef Norman Grimm is showing off his skills at this Trinity Groves "permanent pop-up," but hurry over to try his ricotta gnocchi and rabbit confit salad, because come January 31 it will be just a memory, replaced with a fresh new concept.

Mesero Miguel

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Mico Rodriguez is bringing his penchant for tasty Mexican fare and strong drinks to Henderson Avenue with this stylish new spot offering a "1960s Palm Springs" vibe and everything from Tex-Mex combo plates to dry-aged steaks. Be sure to visit the upstairs bar, The Pedro, for a pre-dinner drink.

Monkey King Noodle Company

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This new Deep Ellum walk-up window is only open for lunch right now, but it's more than worth a visit to try the fantastic handmade noodle soup with beef or chicken or the juicy soup dumplings. A rooftop patio is perfect for soaking up the so-close-to-fall weather.

Mot Hai Ba

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The new Lakewood Vietnamese spot from Good 2 Go Taco chefs Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare is hot, hot, hot, serving up pho and banh mi at lunchtime and dishes like fried frog's legs and Shaking Beef at dinner.

Pakpao Thai

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The new Thai spot from the owners of Oak is serving up some things you'd expect (pad Thai, satays) as well as some you wouldn't (deep-fried hard boiled eggs with tamarind sauce) alongside creative cocktails and handmade sodas in exotic flavors like jasmine and lemongrass.

The Slow Bone

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Jack Perkins' new barbecue joint is serving up massive platters of smoky, tender brisket, 2 kinds of ribs, fabulous housemade sausage, and down-home sides like hush puppies and cauliflower-Brussels sprout au gratin.
Klyde Warren Park's new gastropub has arrived to give Lark on the Park a run for its money with shareable plates like lobster puffs, flatbreads, and roasted okra, a keg wall with plenty of beer and wine, and 360 degree views of the surrounding park.

Tanoshii Ramen

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The city's very first dedicated ramen restaurant has been packing crowds in since it flung open its Deep Ellum doors last week for tonkotsu ramen, steamed buns, craft cocktails and more.

Truck Yard

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Without a doubt the hottest thing on Lower Greenville right now, the Truck Yard has a little something for everyone: 3 bars (including one in a tree house!), cocktails on tap, amazing made-to-order cheesesteaks, and a rotating selection of food trucks.

Village Kitchen

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This Village Marquee replacement is more casual and family-friendly (and less expensive), with a wide-ranging menu that includes everything from Pecan Lodge brisket flatbread to tuna tartare, plus nightly specials like chicken and waffles. Finish off your meal with a Fruity Pebbles milkshake.

Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern

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This new O.C. spot from Jay Jerrier couldn't be more different than Cane Rosso, but it might be just as good. Grab a slice of Grandma, Sicilian or classic New York-style pie, and don't forget to try the zucchini fries with housemade jalapeno ranch.

Belly & Trumpet

Former 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, globally-influenced small plates like beef tongue steamed buns and crab beignets with Pernod aioli.

Glazed Donut Works

This new Deep Ellum doughnut shop is hot, hot, hot, serving long lines of early birds with donuts like The Elvis Killer, Achocolypse Now and a killer vegan banana-pecan cake doughnut. Grab a cold-brew coffee for the perfect (if not most healthy) breakfast.

Kitchen LTO

One-time Acme F&B chef Norman Grimm is showing off his skills at this Trinity Groves "permanent pop-up," but hurry over to try his ricotta gnocchi and rabbit confit salad, because come January 31 it will be just a memory, replaced with a fresh new concept.

Mesero Miguel

Mico Rodriguez is bringing his penchant for tasty Mexican fare and strong drinks to Henderson Avenue with this stylish new spot offering a "1960s Palm Springs" vibe and everything from Tex-Mex combo plates to dry-aged steaks. Be sure to visit the upstairs bar, The Pedro, for a pre-dinner drink.

Monkey King Noodle Company

This new Deep Ellum walk-up window is only open for lunch right now, but it's more than worth a visit to try the fantastic handmade noodle soup with beef or chicken or the juicy soup dumplings. A rooftop patio is perfect for soaking up the so-close-to-fall weather.

Mot Hai Ba

The new Lakewood Vietnamese spot from Good 2 Go Taco chefs Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare is hot, hot, hot, serving up pho and banh mi at lunchtime and dishes like fried frog's legs and Shaking Beef at dinner.

Pakpao Thai

The new Thai spot from the owners of Oak is serving up some things you'd expect (pad Thai, satays) as well as some you wouldn't (deep-fried hard boiled eggs with tamarind sauce) alongside creative cocktails and handmade sodas in exotic flavors like jasmine and lemongrass.

The Slow Bone

Jack Perkins' new barbecue joint is serving up massive platters of smoky, tender brisket, 2 kinds of ribs, fabulous housemade sausage, and down-home sides like hush puppies and cauliflower-Brussels sprout au gratin.

Savor

Klyde Warren Park's new gastropub has arrived to give Lark on the Park a run for its money with shareable plates like lobster puffs, flatbreads, and roasted okra, a keg wall with plenty of beer and wine, and 360 degree views of the surrounding park.

Tanoshii Ramen

The city's very first dedicated ramen restaurant has been packing crowds in since it flung open its Deep Ellum doors last week for tonkotsu ramen, steamed buns, craft cocktails and more.

Truck Yard

Without a doubt the hottest thing on Lower Greenville right now, the Truck Yard has a little something for everyone: 3 bars (including one in a tree house!), cocktails on tap, amazing made-to-order cheesesteaks, and a rotating selection of food trucks.

Village Kitchen

This Village Marquee replacement is more casual and family-friendly (and less expensive), with a wide-ranging menu that includes everything from Pecan Lodge brisket flatbread to tuna tartare, plus nightly specials like chicken and waffles. Finish off your meal with a Fruity Pebbles milkshake.

Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern

This new O.C. spot from Jay Jerrier couldn't be more different than Cane Rosso, but it might be just as good. Grab a slice of Grandma, Sicilian or classic New York-style pie, and don't forget to try the zucchini fries with housemade jalapeno ranch.

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