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Updating The Eater Heatmap, January 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: Otto in Portland's Art District.

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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OTTO Pizza

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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.

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.

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.

Davids 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.

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.
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

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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.
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.

Tao Restaurant

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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. Note: Tao will be on winter break from Jan. 29 through Feb. 12.

OTTO Pizza

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.

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.

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.

Davids 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.

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.

LFK

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.

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.

Tao Restaurant

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. Note: Tao will be on winter break from Jan. 29 through Feb. 12.