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The January 2014 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.

The very first Heatmap of 2014 includes a recently opened McKinney Avenue restaurant with a menu by Tim Love and a highly anticipated fusion spot at Trinity Groves, plus the return of a Lower Greenville hot spot that continues to pack in the crowds despite cold weather.

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 February.

Added: Barter, Chino Chinatown, Gemma, Truck Yard
Removed: Mesero Miguel, Toko V, Village Kitchen



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.

October
Added: Kitchen LTO, Mesero Miguel, Monkey King Noodle Co., Savor, Tanoshii Ramen, Truck Yard
Removed: Boxwood Tap & Grill, Cock and Bull, Dallas Beer Kitchen, FT33, Mutts, Spoon Bar & Kitchen

November
Added: CBD Provisions, Dee Lincoln's Steak & Burger Bar, The Rustic, Toko V
Removed: Belly & Trumpet, Kitchen LTO, Mot Hai Ba, The Slow Bone

December
Added: Casa Rubia, LUCK
Removed: Pakpao Thai, Truck Yard

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Barter

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3232 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 969-6898
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Will Barter succeed where PS failed? The Uptown crowds seem to already be taking a liking to hearty Tim Love-designed menu items like poutine with Wild Turkey gravy and wild boar ribs, and the return of cocktail master Rocco Milano certainly doesn't hurt, either.

2. Casa Rubia

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3011 Gulden Ln #116
Dallas, TX 75212
(469) 513-6349
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The Spanish tapas venture from Driftwood's Jonn Baudoin and Omar Flores is drawing droves of curious diners, and the raves are already beginning to pour in. Word on the street is the uni and egg yolk toast is not to be missed. Look for a glowing review from Leslie Brenner to drop soon, as she recently proclaimed it one of the best new restaurants of 2013.

3. CBD Provisions

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1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 261-4500
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The stunning new restaurant at the Joule Hotel has people asking "Charlie Palmer who?" with uniquely rustic dishes like the whole pig's head carnitas served with tortillas and radish salad and arguably one of the finest burgers in town, plus fantastic cocktails.

4. Chino Chinatown

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3011 Gulden Ln Ste 110
Dallas, TX 75212
Long-awaited Chino Chinatown from chef Uno Immanivong and partner Adrian Verdin is finally here, giving folks yet another reason to cross the bridge over to Trinity Groves. Cochinita pibil steamed buns, barbacoa ramen and fantastic cocktails by bar wizard/general manager Ian Reilly make Chino one to watch.

5. Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar

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2626 Howell St
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 754-4949
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If there's one thing Del Frisco's co-founder Dee Lincoln knows well, it's red meat, and she's showing off her know-how at her new Uptown spot with perfectly seared steaks and burgers topped with everything from chorizo chili to fried green tomatoes.

6. Gemma

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2323 North Henderson Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-9426
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A little taste of Napa Valley hits Dallas via Stephen Rogers and Allison Yoder's new Henderson Avenue restaurant decked out in classy Hamptons-style decor, with a heavy focus on what's local, seasonal and delicious -- think grass-fed beef tartare and ricotta cavatelli with wild boar ragu. Major bonus: Gemma is open till 1 a.m. for night owls.

7. Glazed Donut Works

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2644 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-2275
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This Deep Ellum doughnut shop is still 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.

8. LUCK (Local Urban Craft Kitchen)

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3011 Gulden Ln Ste 112
Dallas, TX 75212
(469) 250-0679
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The weather is just right for sipping on darker, heavier beers, and LUCK has plenty of those -- all brewed within 75 miles of the restaurant -- along with hearty fare like pot roast and soft, warm pretzels.

9. Monkey King Noodle Company

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3014 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
This Deep Ellum walk-up window recently extended its hours to include weekend dinners, but no matter the time of day the spicy beef soup with incredible hand-pulled noodles and the juicy soup dumplings are worth waiting in the cold for.

10. The Rustic

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3656 Howell Street
Dallas, TX
While it's sometimes a bit too cold to enjoy al fresco dining at the newest venture from FreeRange Concepts, there's plenty of room to cozy up inside the bar with a big juicy burger, chorizo empanadas or some calf fries and a local draft or cocktail made with Texas-born spirits -- and Uptowners are doing it in droves.

11. Savor

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2000 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 306-5597
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Klyde Warren Park's gastropub has arrived to give Lark on the Park a run for its money with shareable plates like lobster puffs and mini crab cakes, a keg wall with plenty of beer and wine, excellent cocktails and 360 degree views of the surrounding park. The lively lounge is a perfect spot for date night or meeting up with friends.

12. Tanoshii Ramen

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2724 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
The city's very first dedicated ramen restaurant has been steadily packing in crowds for tonkotsu ramen, steamed buns, craft cocktails and more. Fans of spice shouldn't miss the vibrant curry ramen with perfectly fried tempura shrimp.

13. Truck Yard

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5624 Sears St
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 500-0139
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After a brief break due to the Icepocalypse, the Truck Yard returns to the Heatmap for its casual, laid-back vibe, tasty cheese steaks and downright affordable (and delicious) cocktails that continue to draw crowds nightly, even when it's chilly outside.

14. Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern

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202 W Davis St
Dallas, TX
(214) 942-9654
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This newest addition to Jay Jerrier's pizza empire 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. Barter

3232 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Will Barter succeed where PS failed? The Uptown crowds seem to already be taking a liking to hearty Tim Love-designed menu items like poutine with Wild Turkey gravy and wild boar ribs, and the return of cocktail master Rocco Milano certainly doesn't hurt, either.
3232 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

2. Casa Rubia

3011 Gulden Ln #116, Dallas, TX 75212
The Spanish tapas venture from Driftwood's Jonn Baudoin and Omar Flores is drawing droves of curious diners, and the raves are already beginning to pour in. Word on the street is the uni and egg yolk toast is not to be missed. Look for a glowing review from Leslie Brenner to drop soon, as she recently proclaimed it one of the best new restaurants of 2013.
3011 Gulden Ln #116
Dallas, TX 75212

3. CBD Provisions

1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201
The stunning new restaurant at the Joule Hotel has people asking "Charlie Palmer who?" with uniquely rustic dishes like the whole pig's head carnitas served with tortillas and radish salad and arguably one of the finest burgers in town, plus fantastic cocktails.
1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

4. Chino Chinatown

3011 Gulden Ln Ste 110, Dallas, TX 75212
Long-awaited Chino Chinatown from chef Uno Immanivong and partner Adrian Verdin is finally here, giving folks yet another reason to cross the bridge over to Trinity Groves. Cochinita pibil steamed buns, barbacoa ramen and fantastic cocktails by bar wizard/general manager Ian Reilly make Chino one to watch.
3011 Gulden Ln Ste 110
Dallas, TX 75212

5. Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar

2626 Howell St, Dallas, TX 75204
If there's one thing Del Frisco's co-founder Dee Lincoln knows well, it's red meat, and she's showing off her know-how at her new Uptown spot with perfectly seared steaks and burgers topped with everything from chorizo chili to fried green tomatoes.
2626 Howell St
Dallas, TX 75204

6. Gemma

2323 North Henderson Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206
A little taste of Napa Valley hits Dallas via Stephen Rogers and Allison Yoder's new Henderson Avenue restaurant decked out in classy Hamptons-style decor, with a heavy focus on what's local, seasonal and delicious -- think grass-fed beef tartare and ricotta cavatelli with wild boar ragu. Major bonus: Gemma is open till 1 a.m. for night owls.
2323 North Henderson Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206

7. Glazed Donut Works

2644 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
This Deep Ellum doughnut shop is still 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

8. LUCK (Local Urban Craft Kitchen)

3011 Gulden Ln Ste 112, Dallas, TX 75212
The weather is just right for sipping on darker, heavier beers, and LUCK has plenty of those -- all brewed within 75 miles of the restaurant -- along with hearty fare like pot roast and soft, warm pretzels.
3011 Gulden Ln Ste 112
Dallas, TX 75212

9. Monkey King Noodle Company

3014 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
This Deep Ellum walk-up window recently extended its hours to include weekend dinners, but no matter the time of day the spicy beef soup with incredible hand-pulled noodles and the juicy soup dumplings are worth waiting in the cold for.
3014 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

10. The Rustic

3656 Howell Street, Dallas, TX
While it's sometimes a bit too cold to enjoy al fresco dining at the newest venture from FreeRange Concepts, there's plenty of room to cozy up inside the bar with a big juicy burger, chorizo empanadas or some calf fries and a local draft or cocktail made with Texas-born spirits -- and Uptowners are doing it in droves.
3656 Howell Street
Dallas, TX

11. Savor

2000 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, TX 75201
Klyde Warren Park's gastropub has arrived to give Lark on the Park a run for its money with shareable plates like lobster puffs and mini crab cakes, a keg wall with plenty of beer and wine, excellent cocktails and 360 degree views of the surrounding park. The lively lounge is a perfect spot for date night or meeting up with friends.
2000 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
Dallas, TX 75201

12. Tanoshii Ramen

2724 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
The city's very first dedicated ramen restaurant has been steadily packing in crowds for tonkotsu ramen, steamed buns, craft cocktails and more. Fans of spice shouldn't miss the vibrant curry ramen with perfectly fried tempura shrimp.
2724 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

13. Truck Yard

5624 Sears St, Dallas, TX 75206
After a brief break due to the Icepocalypse, the Truck Yard returns to the Heatmap for its casual, laid-back vibe, tasty cheese steaks and downright affordable (and delicious) cocktails that continue to draw crowds nightly, even when it's chilly outside.
5624 Sears St
Dallas, TX 75206

14. Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern

202 W Davis St, Dallas, TX
This newest addition to Jay Jerrier's pizza empire 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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