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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 last Heatmap of 2012 include a Design District gastropub that's benefiting from the recent addition of a new chef, John Tesar's new envelope-pushing seafood spot, and a Lower Greenville spot dishing up down-home comfort food.

IN: Spoon Bar & Kitchen, Meddlesome Moth, Bowl & Barrel, Jack's Southern Comfort Food, TJ's Seafood Market
OUT: Cook Hall, Ten Bells Tavern, Central 214, Tried & True, East Hampton Sandwich Co.

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.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Spoon Bar and Kitchen

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8220 Westchester Dr
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 368-8220
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John Tesar is everywhere. The "most hated chef in Dallas" is currently making waves, both on TV via Top Chef: Seattle feuds and in Preston Center at 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.

2. Meddlesome Moth

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1621 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 628-7900
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With the recent addition of chef David McMillan (Screen Door), the food at this Design District gastropub is better than ever. Dishes like pork belly with blue cheese grits and roasted figs and burrata with roasted pumpkin pair perfectly with one of the many (many!) craft beers on tap.

3. Bowl & Barrel

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8066 Park Ln.
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 363-2695
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Yes, it's a bowling alley--but you could always just settle in and watch while you enjoy a cocktail by former People's Last Stand drink slinger Ian Reilly and order some devils on horseback, raw oysters, a fancy charcuterie board or even a Wagyu steak, all from a rather impressive menu by farm-to-table darling chef Sharon Hage.

4. Jack's Southern Comfort Food

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1905 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 821-0900
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Jack's offers a touch of Southern comfort like Grandma made but way better, in an adorably down-home spot on Lower Greenville with dishes like upside-down chicken pot pie, fried chicken and biscuit sandwiches.

5. 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.

6. Ft33

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1617 Hi Line Dr
Dallas, TX 75207
Matt McCallister leads an all-star crew at his new 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.

7. 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.

8. 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. The liquid nitrogen margaritas are highly entertaining.

9. Boulevardier

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408 N. Bishop Ave. Suite 108
Dallas, TX 75208
The new Bishop Arts French bistro from the chefs of Rockwall's Ava continues to draw crowds for housemade charcuterie and classic French dishes like bouillabaisse and a tasty Croque Monsieur.

10. Monica’s Nueva Cocina

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4123 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
Beloved restaurateur Monica Greene brings her Mexican comfort food to Oak Lawn's Ilume development, where the only thing hotter than the Mexican lasagna is the clientele. Brunch, lunch and dinner options include tacos and sushi (the restaurant went into the old Sushi Axiom space).

1. Spoon Bar and Kitchen

8220 Westchester Dr, Dallas, TX 75225
John Tesar is everywhere. The "most hated chef in Dallas" is currently making waves, both on TV via Top Chef: Seattle feuds and in Preston Center at 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.
8220 Westchester Dr
Dallas, TX 75225

2. Meddlesome Moth

1621 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 75207
With the recent addition of chef David McMillan (Screen Door), the food at this Design District gastropub is better than ever. Dishes like pork belly with blue cheese grits and roasted figs and burrata with roasted pumpkin pair perfectly with one of the many (many!) craft beers on tap.
1621 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75207

3. Bowl & Barrel

8066 Park Ln., Dallas, TX 75231
Yes, it's a bowling alley--but you could always just settle in and watch while you enjoy a cocktail by former People's Last Stand drink slinger Ian Reilly and order some devils on horseback, raw oysters, a fancy charcuterie board or even a Wagyu steak, all from a rather impressive menu by farm-to-table darling chef Sharon Hage.
8066 Park Ln.
Dallas, TX 75231

4. Jack's Southern Comfort Food

1905 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206
Jack's offers a touch of Southern comfort like Grandma made but way better, in an adorably down-home spot on Lower Greenville with dishes like upside-down chicken pot pie, fried chicken and biscuit sandwiches.
1905 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206

5. 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

6. Ft33

1617 Hi Line Dr, Dallas, TX 75207
Matt McCallister leads an all-star crew at his new 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

7. 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.
6030 Luther Lane Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75225

8. 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. The liquid nitrogen margaritas are highly entertaining.
1717 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201

9. Boulevardier

408 N. Bishop Ave. Suite 108, Dallas, TX 75208
The new Bishop Arts French bistro from the chefs of Rockwall's Ava continues to draw crowds for housemade charcuterie and classic French dishes like bouillabaisse and a tasty Croque Monsieur.
408 N. Bishop Ave. Suite 108
Dallas, TX 75208

10. Monica’s Nueva Cocina

4123 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219
Beloved restaurateur Monica Greene brings her Mexican comfort food to Oak Lawn's Ilume development, where the only thing hotter than the Mexican lasagna is the clientele. Brunch, lunch and dinner options include tacos and sushi (the restaurant went into the old Sushi Axiom space).
4123 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

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