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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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Carmen at The Danforth

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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.

Eventide Oyster Co.

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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.
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.

Buck's Naked BBQ

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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.

Zen Chinese Bistro

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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.
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.

David's Opus Ten

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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.
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.

Carmen at The Danforth

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.

Eventide Oyster Co.

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.

Tao

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.

Buck's Naked BBQ

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.

Zen Chinese Bistro

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.

Gather

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.

David's Opus Ten

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.

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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.