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The March 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.

Additions to this month's Heatmap include the reimagined Kitchen LTO at Trinity Groves and an East Dallas taqueria that all taco lovers should put on their to-do list immediately.

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 April.

Added: El Come Taco, Kitchen LTO
Removed: Savor, Tanoshii Ramen


Heatmap History

February 2014
Added: CrushCraft Thai, The Blind Butcher
Removed: Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar, LUCK, The Rustic, Truck Yard

January 2014
Added: CrushCraft Thai, The Blind Butcher
Removed: Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar, LUCK

December 2013
Added: Casa Rubia, LUCK
Removed: Pakpao Thai, Truck Yard

November 2013
Added: CBD Provisions, Dee Lincoln's Steak & Burger Bar, The Rustic, Toko V
Removed: Belly & Trumpet, Kitchen LTO, Mot Hai Ba, The Slow Bone

October 2013
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

September 2013
Added: Glazed Donut Works, Village Kitchen, Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern
Removed: 20 Feet, Cane Rosso White Rock, WORK.

August 2013
Added: Boxwood T&G, Cock & Bull, Dallas Beer Kitchen
Removed: HG Sply Co., Lark on the Park, Mercat Bistro

July 2013
Added: Mercat, Mutts, Pakpao Thai, WORK
Removed: Full Circle Tavern, Haystack Burgers & Barley, Hospitality Sweet

June 2013
Added: Haystack Burgers & Barley, HG Sply Co., Hospitality Sweet
Removed: Battuto, FM Smokehouse, Stampede 66

May 2013
Added: Cane Rosso White Rock, Full Circle Tavern, Mot Hai Ba, The Slow Bone
Removed: Double Wide, Sakhuu, The Lot, Yama Sushi

April 2013
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

March 2013
Added: 20 Feet Seafood Joint, Belly & Trumpet, The Lot, Village Marquee
Removed: Ellen's Southern Kitchen, Joyce & Gigi's, La Ventana

February 2013
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

January 2013
Added: Meso Maya, Outpost American Tavern, Sakhuu
Removed: Monica's Nueva Cocina

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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.

The Blind Butcher

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The new meat-centric venture from Goodfriend owners Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling has been packing the house since it soft-opened last month, and beginning tonight the full menu from chef Oliver Sitrin is available to the public: Think duck poutine with foie gras, housemade sausages and pastrami eggrolls, plus a solid craft beer selection and $10 craft cocktails.

Casa Rubia

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The newest venture from Driftwood's Jonn Baudoin and Omar Flores is putting its own spin on traditional Spanish tapas. Leslie Brenner recently lauded it with four stars, but says skip the paella in favor of small plates like croquetas, steamed mussels and fried baby artichokes.

CBD Provisions

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The stunning restaurant at the Joule has drawn rave reviews from both diners and the critics 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 in a sexy atmosphere.

Chino Chinatown

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This Asian-Latin fusion spot from chef Uno Immanivong is 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 worth a visit.

Crushcraft Thai Street Eats

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This brand-new spot is putting a fast-casual spin on authentic Thai food by chef Paul Singhapong. Grab a table under the impressive skylight and chow down on Thai classics like pad thai, papaya salad or kra-pao (ground pork with rice and a runny-yolked egg). Best of all, it's open till 3 a.m. Thursday-Saturday and has plenty of booze options including sake and refreshing Asian beers.

El Come Taco

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Still waiting for Tacos La Banqueta in East Dallas to make its comeback? Quit waiting and head to Luis Villalva's excellent taqueria for a fix. Suadero and pastor (cooked traditionally on a trompo with pineapple) are very solid choices, but the adventurous should try the sesos (brains) or the deliciously fatty cabeza.
A little taste of Napa Valley hits Dallas via Stephen Rogers and Allison Yoder's cozy, intimate 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.

Glazed Donut Works

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This Deep Ellum doughnut shop is still hot, hot, hot, serving long lines of early birds (and night owls, thanks to a walk-up window) 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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Curious diners are crossing the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to scope out version 2.0 of Trinity Groves' "permanent pop-up, " where chef Eric Shelton is turning out creative fare like Velvet Hammer-glazed pork belly, a tuna tower jazzed up with crispy chicken skin and French macaron ice cream sandwiches,

Monkey King Noodle Company

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This Deep Ellum walk-up window may not have much to offer in terms of atmosphere, 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.

Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern

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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.

Barter

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.

The Blind Butcher

The new meat-centric venture from Goodfriend owners Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling has been packing the house since it soft-opened last month, and beginning tonight the full menu from chef Oliver Sitrin is available to the public: Think duck poutine with foie gras, housemade sausages and pastrami eggrolls, plus a solid craft beer selection and $10 craft cocktails.

Casa Rubia

The newest venture from Driftwood's Jonn Baudoin and Omar Flores is putting its own spin on traditional Spanish tapas. Leslie Brenner recently lauded it with four stars, but says skip the paella in favor of small plates like croquetas, steamed mussels and fried baby artichokes.

CBD Provisions

The stunning restaurant at the Joule has drawn rave reviews from both diners and the critics 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 in a sexy atmosphere.

Chino Chinatown

This Asian-Latin fusion spot from chef Uno Immanivong is 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 worth a visit.

Crushcraft Thai Street Eats

This brand-new spot is putting a fast-casual spin on authentic Thai food by chef Paul Singhapong. Grab a table under the impressive skylight and chow down on Thai classics like pad thai, papaya salad or kra-pao (ground pork with rice and a runny-yolked egg). Best of all, it's open till 3 a.m. Thursday-Saturday and has plenty of booze options including sake and refreshing Asian beers.

El Come Taco

Still waiting for Tacos La Banqueta in East Dallas to make its comeback? Quit waiting and head to Luis Villalva's excellent taqueria for a fix. Suadero and pastor (cooked traditionally on a trompo with pineapple) are very solid choices, but the adventurous should try the sesos (brains) or the deliciously fatty cabeza.

Gemma

A little taste of Napa Valley hits Dallas via Stephen Rogers and Allison Yoder's cozy, intimate 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.

Glazed Donut Works

This Deep Ellum doughnut shop is still hot, hot, hot, serving long lines of early birds (and night owls, thanks to a walk-up window) 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

Curious diners are crossing the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to scope out version 2.0 of Trinity Groves' "permanent pop-up, " where chef Eric Shelton is turning out creative fare like Velvet Hammer-glazed pork belly, a tuna tower jazzed up with crispy chicken skin and French macaron ice cream sandwiches,

Monkey King Noodle Company

This Deep Ellum walk-up window may not have much to offer in terms of atmosphere, 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.

Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern

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.

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