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Updating The Eater Heatmap, April 2013

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right freaking now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot. And while the Eater 18 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the state, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the crowds are flocking to at the moment. New to this update: In'finiti Fermentation & Distillation, Little Tap House, The North Point and Blue Rooster Food Co. - all in Portland.

Did we miss your personal favorite blisteringly hot restaurant? By all means, let us know in the comments. Know of a hot upcoming opening? Hit up the tipline!


12/6/12 Added: Gather, Yarmouth; Tao, Brunswick; Zen Bistro, Buck's Naked BBQ and David's Opus Ten, Portland.
1/3/13 Added: Otto (Arts District), Portland
2/7/13 Added: Owen's Farmhouse, Kennebunk


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. In'finiti Fermentation & Distillation

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250 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 221-8889
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This stunningly ambitious brewpub/brewery/distillery on Portland's waterfront has been firing on all cylinders since day one. An inventive menu that includes tapas and mains, along with pretzel-crust pizza and a signature burger gets raves, as well as the beer. Spirits still to come.

2. The North Point

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35 Silver St.
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 899-3778
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Brothers Noah and Dan Talmatch have turned a narrow space tucked away on a side street into one of the warmest gathering spots in the city. Fans praise the friendly vibe, the well-mixed cocktails and lack of loud 20-somethings. A surprisingly large menu lists small plates, charcuterie and cheeses, stuffed flatbreads and crepes.

3. Little Tap House

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106 High St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 518-9283
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Billing itself as a neighborhood bar for the West End, LTH is a cheerful spot with a beer-friendly menu and a rotating line-up of local brews.

4. Blue Rooster Food Co.

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5 Dana Street
Portland, ME
(207) 747-4157
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Damian Sansonetti, the former executive chef of NYC's Bar Boulud, has done a 180 to focus on sandwiches and potato tot-tine, perfectly positioned for late-night snacking in the heart of the Old Port.

5. OTTO Pizza

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574 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 773-7099
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More space to eat Otto's famous pizza is a good thing. The new dining room is designed to accommodate families and groups; it boasts a large bar, industrial-style lighting and funky salvage finds.

6. Eventide Oyster Co.

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86 Middle St.
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-8538
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The casual companion to haute Hugo's next door, Eventide is lively and laid back, with oysters offered from a granite trough on the bar and a menu that includes charcuterie as well as crudo.

7. David's Opus Ten

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22 Monument Square
Portland, ME
(207) 773-4340
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Clever man, that David Turin, opening up his third Portland area restaurant inside another one. The 18-seat prix-fixe-menu-only dining room within his popular David’s in Monument Square is where Turin lets his imagination fly.

8. Buck's Naked BBQ

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50 Wharf St.
Portland, ME 04101
Portland finally gets its 'cue, served up in roadhouse style in the heart of the Old Port. The latest Buck's aims to please everyone with both a kids play area and a large bar for Wharf Street's nightcrawlers.

9. Gather

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189 Main St.
Yarmouth, ME 04096
An old Masonic hall has been transformed into a warm and cheerful restaurant whose theme is community. The open kitchen offers farm-to-table food at fair prices and the bar serves housemade sodas along with local beers.

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1. In'finiti Fermentation & Distillation

250 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101
This stunningly ambitious brewpub/brewery/distillery on Portland's waterfront has been firing on all cylinders since day one. An inventive menu that includes tapas and mains, along with pretzel-crust pizza and a signature burger gets raves, as well as the beer. Spirits still to come.
250 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101

2. The North Point

35 Silver St., Portland, ME 04101
Brothers Noah and Dan Talmatch have turned a narrow space tucked away on a side street into one of the warmest gathering spots in the city. Fans praise the friendly vibe, the well-mixed cocktails and lack of loud 20-somethings. A surprisingly large menu lists small plates, charcuterie and cheeses, stuffed flatbreads and crepes.
35 Silver St.
Portland, ME 04101

3. Little Tap House

106 High St, Portland, ME 04101
Billing itself as a neighborhood bar for the West End, LTH is a cheerful spot with a beer-friendly menu and a rotating line-up of local brews.
106 High St
Portland, ME 04101

4. Blue Rooster Food Co.

5 Dana Street, Portland, ME
Damian Sansonetti, the former executive chef of NYC's Bar Boulud, has done a 180 to focus on sandwiches and potato tot-tine, perfectly positioned for late-night snacking in the heart of the Old Port.
5 Dana Street
Portland, ME

5. OTTO Pizza

574 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
More space to eat Otto's famous pizza is a good thing. The new dining room is designed to accommodate families and groups; it boasts a large bar, industrial-style lighting and funky salvage finds.
574 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

6. Eventide Oyster Co.

86 Middle St., Portland, ME 04101
The casual companion to haute Hugo's next door, Eventide is lively and laid back, with oysters offered from a granite trough on the bar and a menu that includes charcuterie as well as crudo.
86 Middle St.
Portland, ME 04101

7. David's Opus Ten

22 Monument Square, Portland, ME
Clever man, that David Turin, opening up his third Portland area restaurant inside another one. The 18-seat prix-fixe-menu-only dining room within his popular David’s in Monument Square is where Turin lets his imagination fly.
22 Monument Square
Portland, ME

8. Buck's Naked BBQ

50 Wharf St., Portland, ME 04101
Portland finally gets its 'cue, served up in roadhouse style in the heart of the Old Port. The latest Buck's aims to please everyone with both a kids play area and a large bar for Wharf Street's nightcrawlers.
50 Wharf St.
Portland, ME 04101

9. Gather

189 Main St., Yarmouth, ME 04096
An old Masonic hall has been transformed into a warm and cheerful restaurant whose theme is community. The open kitchen offers farm-to-table food at fair prices and the bar serves housemade sodas along with local beers.
189 Main St.
Yarmouth, ME 04096

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