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Updating The Eater Heatmap, December 2012

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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: Gather in Yarmouth; Tao in Brunswick; Zen Bistro, Buck's Naked BBQ and David's Opus Ten 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!


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Carmen at The Danforth

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163 Danforth Street
Portland, ME 04102
Far from the madding Old Port crowd, Eater Award-winner Carmen Gonzalez serves her seafood-centric, Latin menu in the serene setting of a West End inn.

2. 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.
22 Pleasant St.
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-9002
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In this tiny, mid-coast bistro, Eater Award-winner Cara Stadler and her mother Cecile create some of the state's most exciting Asian-inspired food using seasonal and largely local ingredients.

4. 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.

5. Zen Chinese Bistro

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45 Danforth St.
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-6888
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Portland's hottest new Chinese restaurant looks sharp - no fishtanks! - and keeps a growing crowd of fans happy with a huge menu of classic and contemporary dishes.

6. 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.

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.
188 State St
Portland, ME 04101
The Port City's prime spot for hipster watching has a schoolroom-meets-lounge feel, funky cocktails and a menu of well-prepared, modern pub food.

1. Carmen at The Danforth

163 Danforth Street, Portland, ME 04102
Far from the madding Old Port crowd, Eater Award-winner Carmen Gonzalez serves her seafood-centric, Latin menu in the serene setting of a West End inn.
163 Danforth Street
Portland, ME 04102

2. 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

3. Tao

22 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME 04011
In this tiny, mid-coast bistro, Eater Award-winner Cara Stadler and her mother Cecile create some of the state's most exciting Asian-inspired food using seasonal and largely local ingredients.
22 Pleasant St.
Brunswick, ME 04011

4. 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

5. Zen Chinese Bistro

45 Danforth St., Portland, ME 04101
Portland's hottest new Chinese restaurant looks sharp - no fishtanks! - and keeps a growing crowd of fans happy with a huge menu of classic and contemporary dishes.
45 Danforth St.
Portland, ME 04101

6. 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

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. LFK

188 State St, Portland, ME 04101
The Port City's prime spot for hipster watching has a schoolroom-meets-lounge feel, funky cocktails and a menu of well-prepared, modern pub food.
188 State St
Portland, ME 04101

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