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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.

Additions to the February 2013 Heatmap include a casual West End restaurant serving up solid, bargain-priced renditions of Southern classics and a new East Dallas spot dishing up inventive South American cuisine.

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: Ellen's Southern Kitchen, Joyce and Gigi's, La Ventana, Kenny's Smoke House, Pop Diner
OUT: 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. Ellen's Southern Kitchen

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1718 N. Market Street
Dallas, TX 75202
(469) 206-3339
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The straightforward, down-home food at Ellen's is worth trekking to the touristy West End for. Fried chicken is exemplary, as is the creamy mac and cheese; breakfast is served all day, and prices are incredibly reasonable, plus there's a full bar.

2. Ft33

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1617 Hi Line Dr
Dallas, TX 75207
Matt McCallister leads an all-star crew at this Design District spot, an ode to modern seasonal cuisine. A refreshingly casual atmosphere and friendly service are the perfect counterpart to deliciously dramatic plates of luscious pork jowls and impeccably seared lamb chops paired with creative flavors like licorice, fennel and peanut.

3. 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 just awarded them three stars.

4. Joyce & Gigi's Kitchen

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1623 North Hall Street
Dallas, TX 75204
(469) 334-0799
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The unassuming East Dallas location belies the industrial-chic interior and inventive South American menu with dishes like feijoada, beef heart pate, and chicken skin quinoa grits.

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.

6. La Ventana

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1611 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 484-6803
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This walk-up taco window shares a kitchen with Meso Maya and is a great place to grab a bite if you're enjoying the weather at Klyde Warren Park. Tortillas are housemade and come stuffed with bistec, pollo, pastor, suadero, barbacoa, or lengua for the adventurous.

7. 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.

8. Pop Diner

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3600 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 599-8980
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Soft-opening today (so you may want to give them a few days to work out the kinks), 24-hour Pop Diner is bound to draw late-night crowds for breakfast, pita sandwiches, burgers, and a full bar.

9. 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.

10. 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, plus unique items like a charcuterie platter with smoked fish.

11. 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.

12. Stampede 66

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1717 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
Stephan Pyles' newest hyper-Texan spot is 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.

1. Ellen's Southern Kitchen

1718 N. Market Street, Dallas, TX 75202
The straightforward, down-home food at Ellen's is worth trekking to the touristy West End for. Fried chicken is exemplary, as is the creamy mac and cheese; breakfast is served all day, and prices are incredibly reasonable, plus there's a full bar.
1718 N. Market Street
Dallas, TX 75202

2. Ft33

1617 Hi Line Dr, Dallas, TX 75207
Matt McCallister leads an all-star crew at this Design District spot, an ode to modern seasonal cuisine. A refreshingly casual atmosphere and friendly service are the perfect counterpart to deliciously dramatic plates of luscious pork jowls and impeccably seared lamb chops paired with creative flavors like licorice, fennel and peanut.
1617 Hi Line Dr
Dallas, TX 75207

3. 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 just awarded them three stars.
6030 Luther Lane Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75225

4. Joyce & Gigi's Kitchen

1623 North Hall Street, Dallas, TX 75204
The unassuming East Dallas location belies the industrial-chic interior and inventive South American menu with dishes like feijoada, beef heart pate, and chicken skin quinoa grits.
1623 North Hall Street
Dallas, TX 75204

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.
5760 Legacy Drive, #B4
Plano, TX 75024

6. La Ventana

1611 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202
This walk-up taco window shares a kitchen with Meso Maya and is a great place to grab a bite if you're enjoying the weather at Klyde Warren Park. Tortillas are housemade and come stuffed with bistec, pollo, pastor, suadero, barbacoa, or lengua for the adventurous.
1611 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75202

7. 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

8. Pop Diner

3600 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Soft-opening today (so you may want to give them a few days to work out the kinks), 24-hour Pop Diner is bound to draw late-night crowds for breakfast, pita sandwiches, burgers, and a full bar.
3600 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

9. 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.
8220 Westchester Dr
Dallas, TX 75225

10. 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, plus unique items like a charcuterie platter with smoked fish.
4212 Oak Lawn
Dallas, TX 75205

11. 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.
4801 Bryan St. #100
Dallas, TX 75204

12. Stampede 66

1717 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
Stephan Pyles' newest hyper-Texan spot is 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

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