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Updating the Eater Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What's everyone talking about? While the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment.

Thus, we offer the Eater Heat Map, which will change continually to highlight where the crowds are flocking to, rightthisverymoment. New to the map this time around: the Tria Taproom, with its killer draft system and menu that reaches beyond any Tria before it, and a couple of great new French spots: Pierre and Charlotte Calmels' gorgeous Le Cheri at the Art Alliance, and the lively Good King Tavern, which set up shop where Chick's used to be with Paul Lyons in the kitchen.

UPDATED to add Nicholas Elmi's Laurel, which was such a shoo-in that your editor somehow neglected to realize it was not already on the list. (Trivia tidbit: Laurel opened just two days before our November update, making it technically eligible last month.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pizzeria Vetri

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1939 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia, PA
It may not have come as a huge surprise, but Pizzeria Vetri started racking up praise immediately for its pistachio pesto-gilded rotolo and Neapolitan pies that Craig LaBan called "contenders for the city's best." Desserts and an exciting bar program round things out.

2. Tria Taproom

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2005 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The draft system is pretty attention-grabbing, with 40 taps carrying beer, wine, cider, and sodas, plus the ability to go online and look up exactly how much is left of that rare brew you're stalking. But this is also the only Tria with a full kitchen, serving flatbreads and elevated pub grub in addition to the cheeses you'd expect from any place carrying the Tria name.

3. Le Chéri

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251 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 546-7700
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When the owners of Bibou open a swank new restaurant in the Art Alliance building, it's a pretty easy sell. Chef de cuisine is Val Stryjewski, but the cuisine is as classic French as you'd expect. FYI: The place is BYOB until the liquor license comes through.

4. Nomad Roman

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1305 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Yes, another pizza joint makes the list. The Nomad crew opened a Roman-style shop at 1305 Locust Street, and it's fantastic. We'll be happy to put some non-pizza shops on the list when a bad one opens up.

5. Little Nonna's

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1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-2100
An ode to Italian grandmother food, Marcie Turney and Val Safran's Little Nonna's serves up a killer roast pork sandwich and plenty of other hearty dishes that draw on South Philly influence.

6. Cheu Noodle Bar

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255 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA
(267) 639-4136
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Cheu Noodle Bar joined the ramen movement in Philly, and have added a host of other noodle dishes from around the globe. Tons of critical praise and blogger buzz (including a 2013 Eater Award) has made this the spot for noodles in Philly.

7. High Street on Market

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308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
High Street on Market replaced Fork:etc. to yield even more Eli Kulp and Ellen Yin amazingness. The bread, pastries, and breakfast and lunch options made it an insta-favorite, but now they're running one of the city's most compelling dinner services, too.

8. Serpico

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604 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
With its stellar food and gorgeous interior, one of the city's most highly-anticipated openings in recent years just keeps living up to the hype.

9. The Good King Tavern

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614 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-3700
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Between this and Le Cheri, it's been a very good month for Philly francophiles. The Good King is decidedly less white-tablecloth, with a lively bar and a classic brasserie menu with some inventive touches from chef Paul Lyons, who worked with George Sabatino for years.

10. Noord

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1046 Tasker St
Philadelphia, PA
(267) 909-9704
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Joncarl Lachman's Noord has made a big splash on East Passyunk, and has become an instant classic. From herring sandwiches to rotisserie chicken and smoked fish, he's got Northern European cuisine covered.

11. Artisan Boulanger Patissier

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1218 Mifflin St.
Philadelphia, PA
The new location of Artisan Boulanger is predictably fantastic. They also added more prepared foods (sushi, anyone?)and a bunch of new pastries (yes, that means cronuts)to the menu.

12. Laurel

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1617 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-8299
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Nicholas Elmi is a favorite to win the current season of Top Chef, but the cooking he's doing at his brand new E. Passyunk BYOB overshadows even Bravo-reality-show-level hype. The room is as tiny as it is lovely, so plan ahead.

1. Pizzeria Vetri

1939 Callowhill St., Philadelphia, PA
It may not have come as a huge surprise, but Pizzeria Vetri started racking up praise immediately for its pistachio pesto-gilded rotolo and Neapolitan pies that Craig LaBan called "contenders for the city's best." Desserts and an exciting bar program round things out.
1939 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia, PA

2. Tria Taproom

2005 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The draft system is pretty attention-grabbing, with 40 taps carrying beer, wine, cider, and sodas, plus the ability to go online and look up exactly how much is left of that rare brew you're stalking. But this is also the only Tria with a full kitchen, serving flatbreads and elevated pub grub in addition to the cheeses you'd expect from any place carrying the Tria name.
2005 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

3. Le Chéri

251 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
When the owners of Bibou open a swank new restaurant in the Art Alliance building, it's a pretty easy sell. Chef de cuisine is Val Stryjewski, but the cuisine is as classic French as you'd expect. FYI: The place is BYOB until the liquor license comes through.
251 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

4. Nomad Roman

1305 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Yes, another pizza joint makes the list. The Nomad crew opened a Roman-style shop at 1305 Locust Street, and it's fantastic. We'll be happy to put some non-pizza shops on the list when a bad one opens up.
1305 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. Little Nonna's

1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
An ode to Italian grandmother food, Marcie Turney and Val Safran's Little Nonna's serves up a killer roast pork sandwich and plenty of other hearty dishes that draw on South Philly influence.
1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. Cheu Noodle Bar

255 South 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Cheu Noodle Bar joined the ramen movement in Philly, and have added a host of other noodle dishes from around the globe. Tons of critical praise and blogger buzz (including a 2013 Eater Award) has made this the spot for noodles in Philly.
255 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA

7. High Street on Market

308 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
High Street on Market replaced Fork:etc. to yield even more Eli Kulp and Ellen Yin amazingness. The bread, pastries, and breakfast and lunch options made it an insta-favorite, but now they're running one of the city's most compelling dinner services, too.
308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

8. Serpico

604 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
With its stellar food and gorgeous interior, one of the city's most highly-anticipated openings in recent years just keeps living up to the hype.
604 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

9. The Good King Tavern

614 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Between this and Le Cheri, it's been a very good month for Philly francophiles. The Good King is decidedly less white-tablecloth, with a lively bar and a classic brasserie menu with some inventive touches from chef Paul Lyons, who worked with George Sabatino for years.
614 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

10. Noord

1046 Tasker St, Philadelphia, PA
Joncarl Lachman's Noord has made a big splash on East Passyunk, and has become an instant classic. From herring sandwiches to rotisserie chicken and smoked fish, he's got Northern European cuisine covered.
1046 Tasker St
Philadelphia, PA

11. Artisan Boulanger Patissier

1218 Mifflin St., Philadelphia, PA
The new location of Artisan Boulanger is predictably fantastic. They also added more prepared foods (sushi, anyone?)and a bunch of new pastries (yes, that means cronuts)to the menu.
1218 Mifflin St.
Philadelphia, PA

12. Laurel

1617 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Nicholas Elmi is a favorite to win the current season of Top Chef, but the cooking he's doing at his brand new E. Passyunk BYOB overshadows even Bravo-reality-show-level hype. The room is as tiny as it is lovely, so plan ahead.
1617 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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