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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. With so many huge openings over the past month, the new additions this time around probably won't come as a major surprise: We've got Top Chef Kevin Sbraga's new Southern spot The Fat Ham, Jose Garces' Cuban diner Rosa Blanca, and of course, Avance.

Have any suggestions? Any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments or send 'em down the tipline.


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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. The cuisine is as classic French as it gets, offering selections like pate en croute, lamb pot au feu, and cassoulet.

4. Avance

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1536 E Walnut Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19138
The buzz was built in for Avance, opening as it did in the storied former home of Le Bec-Fin, and marking the return of native son Justin Bogle from NYC, where he ran the show at two-Michelin-starred Gilt. So far, the rehab, service, and food have all lived up to and over the hype — and the enthusiasm extends from the top-end chef's tasting menu right down to the lamb burger served only in the downstairs bar.

5. Cheu Noodle Bar

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255 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA
(267) 639-4136
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Cheu is proud to be inauthentic, not in the dumbed-down sense but in an irreverant and endlessly creative way, incorporating flavors with a global reach. Tons of critical praise, including a 2013 Eater Award, has made this the spot for noodles in Philly (but you should really also try the wings, and the buns, and the fish ribs, and...)

6. Rosa Blanca

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707 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-5555
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Jose Garces closed Chifa over the summer to make way for a Cuban diner, serving breakfast all day in addition to lunch and dinner. As fits a diner, the menu is expansive, with Cuban coffee and pastries, classic Cubanos, a wide variety of shakes and smoothies, and even a rum list with more than 70 varieties available. For dinner, family-special specials rotate daily through choices like arroz con pollo, mondongo, and roast suckling pig.

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. (Pssst: An industry night on Tuesdays offers a steal of a tasting menu for just 25 bucks.)

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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GKT opened in the same month as Le Cheri, meaning things are suddenly looking way up 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 pork bitterballen to an array of house-smoked seafood, 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. In addition to their large selection of top-notch classic pastries (including a number of different croissants; try the pistachio), they also offer coffee and take-out sandwiches for lunch, including very good banh mi.

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 new E. Passyunk BYOB overshadows even Bravo-reality-show-level hype. The room is as tiny as it is lovely, so plan ahead.

13. The Fat Ham

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3131 Walnut Street, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 735-1913
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Kevin Sbraga's second restaurant is a tiny U City spot serving Southern food to early raves. The menu nails respectful renditions of comfort classics with just enough cheffy twists and surprises to keep things fresh. In addition to the hot chicken and oyster po'boys, look for a very strong bar program, with barrel-aged bourbon cocktails and draft options that include beer, wine, and sweet tea.

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. The cuisine is as classic French as it gets, offering selections like pate en croute, lamb pot au feu, and cassoulet.
251 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

4. Avance

1536 E Walnut Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19138
The buzz was built in for Avance, opening as it did in the storied former home of Le Bec-Fin, and marking the return of native son Justin Bogle from NYC, where he ran the show at two-Michelin-starred Gilt. So far, the rehab, service, and food have all lived up to and over the hype — and the enthusiasm extends from the top-end chef's tasting menu right down to the lamb burger served only in the downstairs bar.
1536 E Walnut Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19138

5. Cheu Noodle Bar

255 South 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Cheu is proud to be inauthentic, not in the dumbed-down sense but in an irreverant and endlessly creative way, incorporating flavors with a global reach. Tons of critical praise, including a 2013 Eater Award, has made this the spot for noodles in Philly (but you should really also try the wings, and the buns, and the fish ribs, and...)
255 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA

6. Rosa Blanca

707 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Jose Garces closed Chifa over the summer to make way for a Cuban diner, serving breakfast all day in addition to lunch and dinner. As fits a diner, the menu is expansive, with Cuban coffee and pastries, classic Cubanos, a wide variety of shakes and smoothies, and even a rum list with more than 70 varieties available. For dinner, family-special specials rotate daily through choices like arroz con pollo, mondongo, and roast suckling pig.
707 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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. (Pssst: An industry night on Tuesdays offers a steal of a tasting menu for just 25 bucks.)
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
GKT opened in the same month as Le Cheri, meaning things are suddenly looking way up 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 pork bitterballen to an array of house-smoked seafood, 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. In addition to their large selection of top-notch classic pastries (including a number of different croissants; try the pistachio), they also offer coffee and take-out sandwiches for lunch, including very good banh mi.
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 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

13. The Fat Ham

3131 Walnut Street, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Kevin Sbraga's second restaurant is a tiny U City spot serving Southern food to early raves. The menu nails respectful renditions of comfort classics with just enough cheffy twists and surprises to keep things fresh. In addition to the hot chicken and oyster po'boys, look for a very strong bar program, with barrel-aged bourbon cocktails and draft options that include beer, wine, and sweet tea.
3131 Walnut Street, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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