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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.

New additions to this steamy-hot summer Heatmap include the city's newest pizza phenomenon, a doughnut shop where long lines are forming, and a new family-friendly spot in swanky Highland Park Village.

IN: Glazed Donut Works, Village Kitchen, Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern

OUT: 20 Feet, Cane Rosso White Rock, WORK.

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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. Four stars from Leslie Brenner doesn't hurt, either.

2. Boxwood Tap + Grill

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2901 Thomas Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 220-2901
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Just opened in the old TABC space, Boxwood's got the hottest new patio in town, a menu of unique cocktails (think frozen Cuba Libres and pitchers of ginger caipirinhas), and food that aims considerably higher than your typical bar fare, like a prosciutto and melon salad, bourbon-glazed pork chop, and a Peticolas beer-battered fish po'boy.

3. Cock and Bull

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6330 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 841-9111
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Don't waltz into this neighborhood pub expecting wings and nachos. Instead you'll find chef-driven dishes like seared venison with grilled Texas peaches and bay scallop gratin with prosciutto and garlic-parmesan cream.

4. Dallas Beer Kitchen

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1802 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX
(214) 484-2481
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This new Lower Greenville spot from the bloggers at Best Damn Things offers dozens of unique and hard-to-find beers on tap, plus dishes named after movies like the Thelma & Louise grilled cheese with bourbon bacon and the Big Lebowski burger with white Russian sauce.

5. Ft33

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1617 Hi Line Dr
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 741-2629
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Matt McCallister's farm-to-table cooking with a modernist slant makes this Design District hot spot one of the hottest tables in town, even nearly a year after its opening. Don't miss the housemade charcuterie.

6. Glazed Donut Works

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2644 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-2275
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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.

7. Mot Hai Ba

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6047 Lewis St
Dallas, TX 75206
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.

8. Mutts Canine Cantina

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2889 Cityplace West Blvd
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 377-8723
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If the idea of noshing on breakfast tacos or a burger while watching your dog socialize appeals to you, head to this new Uptown spot where canines are just as welcome as humans.

9. Pakpao Thai

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1628 Oak Lawn Avenue
Dallas, TX 75207
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.

10. Spoon Bar & 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. The addition of talented pastry chef David Collier is shaking up the dessert menu.

11. The Slow Bone

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2234 Irving Blvd.
Dallas, Tx 75207
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.

12. Village Kitchen

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33 Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205
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.

13. Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern

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202 W Davis St
Dallas, TX
(214) 942-9654
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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.

1. 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. Four stars from Leslie Brenner doesn't hurt, either.
3407 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204

2. Boxwood Tap + Grill

2901 Thomas Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
Just opened in the old TABC space, Boxwood's got the hottest new patio in town, a menu of unique cocktails (think frozen Cuba Libres and pitchers of ginger caipirinhas), and food that aims considerably higher than your typical bar fare, like a prosciutto and melon salad, bourbon-glazed pork chop, and a Peticolas beer-battered fish po'boy.
2901 Thomas Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204

3. Cock and Bull

6330 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75214
Don't waltz into this neighborhood pub expecting wings and nachos. Instead you'll find chef-driven dishes like seared venison with grilled Texas peaches and bay scallop gratin with prosciutto and garlic-parmesan cream.
6330 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75214

4. Dallas Beer Kitchen

1802 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX
This new Lower Greenville spot from the bloggers at Best Damn Things offers dozens of unique and hard-to-find beers on tap, plus dishes named after movies like the Thelma & Louise grilled cheese with bourbon bacon and the Big Lebowski burger with white Russian sauce.
1802 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX

5. Ft33

1617 Hi Line Dr, Dallas, TX 75207
Matt McCallister's farm-to-table cooking with a modernist slant makes this Design District hot spot one of the hottest tables in town, even nearly a year after its opening. Don't miss the housemade charcuterie.
1617 Hi Line Dr
Dallas, TX 75207

6. Glazed Donut Works

2644 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
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.
2644 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

7. Mot Hai Ba

6047 Lewis St, Dallas, TX 75206
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.
6047 Lewis St
Dallas, TX 75206

8. Mutts Canine Cantina

2889 Cityplace West Blvd, Dallas, TX 75204
If the idea of noshing on breakfast tacos or a burger while watching your dog socialize appeals to you, head to this new Uptown spot where canines are just as welcome as humans.
2889 Cityplace West Blvd
Dallas, TX 75204

9. Pakpao Thai

1628 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX 75207
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.
1628 Oak Lawn Avenue
Dallas, TX 75207

10. Spoon Bar & 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. The addition of talented pastry chef David Collier is shaking up the dessert menu.
8220 Westchester Dr
Dallas, TX 75225

11. The Slow Bone

2234 Irving Blvd., Dallas, Tx 75207
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.
2234 Irving Blvd.
Dallas, Tx 75207

12. Village Kitchen

33 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205
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.
33 Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205

13. Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern

202 W Davis St, Dallas, TX
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.
202 W Davis St
Dallas, TX

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