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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? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort. And 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 Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

Check out the map of Los Angeles' 20 hottest restaurants below.


1/3/13: Added: Bar Ama, The Black Cat

2/7/13: Added: Bestia, chi SPACCA, littlefork, Barnyard, Sirena

3/7/13: Added: Bludso's Bar & Que

4/4/13: Added: Goldie's, RivaBella, Crossroads

5/2/13: Added: AOC, Nozawa Bar, Hinoki & The Bird

6/6/13: Added: Trois Mec, Chi-Lin, Corazon y Miel, Connie & Ted's, Fishing with Dynamite, Petty Cash Taqueria

7/11/13: Added: Flores, Salt Air, Nikita

8/1/13: Added: Phorage, Girasol, Mari Vanna

9/5/13: Added: Little Sister, Bucato

10/3/13: Added: EMC Seafood, Hakkasan, Rao's

12/5/13: Added: Scopa, Republique

1/2/14: Added: Mud Hen Tavern

2/6/14: Added: Maude, East Borough, Gracias Madre

4/3/14: Added: Night + Market Song, POT, Faith & Flower

5/1/14: Added: The Wallace, Wexler's Deli, smoke.oil.salt, Pine & Crane

Have any suggestions? Any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bestia

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2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 514-5724
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Chef Ori Menashe and restaurateur Bill Chait have teamed up to open Bestia, a seasonal Italian restaurant with excellent house-cured salumi and a fancy wood-fired oven which cooks pizzas and more. The space is hip enough without trying to hard in a sort of industrial unfinished way, and as of late has been one of the hottest tickets in town. Reservations are recommended, but there's room for walk-ins at the bar.

2. Trois Mec

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716 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 468-8915
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Dinner at the French mashup, from all-star team Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo, is a tough ticket to score (just 26 seats), and meals must be purchased in advance off Trois Mec's website. Including tip but excluding alcohol, the nightly prix fixe amounts to nearly $100 a head.

3. Connie and Ted's Seafood

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8171 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 848-2722
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Connie & Ted's is celebrated Providence chef Michael Cimarusti's contemporary take on a classic seafood "shack." He's serving up tried and true sea-centric constructions made with top quality ingredients and only the best sea animals, plus a few extras like a burger topped with Hook's four-year-aged cheddar.

4. Fishing with Dynamite

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1148 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA

Chef David LeFevre's tiny nook of a seafood joint has been slammed since its debut, which means it's vital to make a reservation in advance. In this bright and convivial (though cramped) space he's plating up a mixed batch of old and new seafood dishes, alongside a thoughtful list of intoxicants. Early standouts are the Thai Shellfish Coconut Soup, Albacore Tartare, and Loup de Mer.

5. Petty Cash Taqueria

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7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-5300

In the former home to Playa (RIP) comes Petty Cash Taqueria, a colorful and fun new eatery conducive to social dining (many communal picnic-style tables). Chef Walter Manzke collaborated with famed Baja chef Guillermo Campos Moreno of Tacos Kokopelli on Petty Cash's Mexican street food menu. There's deep fried cheesy churros, a bevy of tacos, and even raw pork ceviche.

6. Girasol Restaurant

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11334 Moorpark St
Studio City, CA 91602
(818) 924-2323
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A sleek new Studio City addition designed to resemble a sunflower, Girasol is a dedicated California eatery through and through. Top Chef alum CJ Jacobson is responsible for the restaurant's refined seasonal California menu, and there's beer and California wines to go alongside.

7. Rao's

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1006 Seward St
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 962-7267

This New York transplant serves predictable but well executed Italian-Amnerican classics in a charming, perfectly sized dining room in a part of Hollywood that might best be described as in the "the middle of nowhere." It's exactly what ownership wanted in terms of location.

8. Orsa & Winston

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122 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-0300
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Chef Josef Centeno goes the fine dining route with Orsa & Winston, a small, minimalist-designed Japanese-Italian hybrid Downtown. Here one will find prix fixe menus priced at $60 (five courses), $95 (nine courses), or the super omakase (offered at the rear chef's counter) for $195.

9. Scopa Italian Roots

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2905 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

This newcomer in Venice pairs chef Antonia Lofaso's soulful, Italian cuisine with Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix's straightforward and well-crafted cocktails. The interior isn't just expansive, the semi-industrial space has a warmth that makes it a great place to linger late into the night.

10. Republique

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624 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 361-6115
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Walter and Margarita Manzke's landmark restaurant in the historic Campanile building sure took a long time to open, but it was worth the wait. The bistro-inspired fare gets more refined by the day while everything from house-made bread and desserts to another level. This is the restaurant L.A. has been waiting for.

11. Maude

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212 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 859-3418
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Maude is chef Curtis Stone's first restaurant, an intimate dining experience with just 25 seats in Beverly Hills. Here Stone is serving a $75 nine-course seasonal California prix fixe menu centered on one theme ingredient per month. Tip: The best seats in the house are the four rear chairs at a bar that overlooks the open kitchen.

12. Gracias Madre

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8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 978-2170

The most recent meat-free effort from those behind Cafe Gratitude, Gracias Madre follows a slightly more formal model in which guests are urged to make reservations for vegan Mexican cuisine served alongside tequila and mezcal-based drinks by Jason Eisner formerly of Drago Centro. Since day one this place has been an early hit with the denizens of West Hollywood.

13. East Borough Fraîche Vietnamese

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9810 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 596-8266
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A hip, modern Vietnamese eatery born in Costa Mesa and brought to Los Angeles thanks to Superba Snack Bar's Paul Hibler and chef Jason Neroni. During lunch drop in for banh mi, vermicelli noodle salads, and even a pho baguette, while dinner brings more serious plates of baby octopus and phocatini.

14. Night + Market Song

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3322 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market is back with this Silver Lake sequel equally dedicated to Northern Thai cuisine consumed in a colorful 50-seat space. Although Yenbamroong wants Night + Market Song to be a locals spot, the chef has earned enough of a reputation for his flavor-packed plates to attract Angelenos from across the city. Keep in mind this place doesn't accept reservations, so expect to wait for a table.

15. Pot at the Line Hotel

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3515 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 368-3030
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Roy Choi's first restaurant in Koreatown is an incredibly authentic and thoughtful rendition of some of the best that Korean cuisine has to offer. While the large family-style pots full of everything from braised beef to seafood are the star of the menu, the other shareable bites like dumplings, squid, pollack roe, and fried rice are also worth trying. An unbeatable scene, too.

16. Faith & Flower

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705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 239-0642
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Faith & Flower is Coastal Luxury Management's redo of the old Towne space into a fun, boisterous New American eatery cheffed by Michael Hung of La Folie in SF. The AvroKO-designed space is supposed to pay homage to Los Angeles during the 1800s and early 1900s. The menu has everything from uni and fava bean toast to kimchi-spiked deviled eggs to oxtail agnolotti, and the pizzas here are pretty on point as well. To drink, go with the milk punch.

17. Wexler's Deli

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317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 624-2378
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Micah Wexler has changed the deli game in L.A. completely, with this modern take on classics like pastrami, lox, corned beef, and pickles. For a change, nearly everything is done in house, from the smoking to the curing, and the result is fantastic: thick, hand-cut slices placed between plush rye bread or kaiser rolls. And the lox is so perfectly cured it's nearly translucent. With all the great places opening up at Grand Central, it's hard to find the best one right now, but Wexler's might be the most popular at the moment.

18. smoke.oil.salt.

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7274 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 930-7900
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Perfecto Rocher is finally doing the kind of cuisine that he's wanted to bring to Los Angeles: soulful and elegant Spanish tapas in the former Angeli Caffe space on Melrose. It definitely makes this block more interesting, especially with that super-smokey wood-fired grill whose aroma tends to pervade the space. Try the grilled Iberico, uni flan, and house-made olives.

19. The Wallace

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3833 Main St
Culver City, CA 90232

Michael and Carol Teich have created a sleeper hit in Culver City with their ode to rustic Californian cuisine fueled by pristine market produce and solid technique. The former baseball player is churning out some of the best vegetables in town, as a result. The cocktails are no slouch either.

20. Pine & Crane

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1521 Griffith Park Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Vivian Ku and Allan Lai decided to bring something that Silver Lake really needed: a modern Chinese restaurant in a beautiful space. And this casual eatery in the heart of Silver Lake is just what the neighborhood needed. Handmade noodles, fresh produce straight from the family farm, and top-notch tea service. Pine & Crane is an oasis of Chinese cuisine for the Eastside.

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1. Bestia

2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Chef Ori Menashe and restaurateur Bill Chait have teamed up to open Bestia, a seasonal Italian restaurant with excellent house-cured salumi and a fancy wood-fired oven which cooks pizzas and more. The space is hip enough without trying to hard in a sort of industrial unfinished way, and as of late has been one of the hottest tickets in town. Reservations are recommended, but there's room for walk-ins at the bar.

2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021

2. Trois Mec

716 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Dinner at the French mashup, from all-star team Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo, is a tough ticket to score (just 26 seats), and meals must be purchased in advance off Trois Mec's website. Including tip but excluding alcohol, the nightly prix fixe amounts to nearly $100 a head.

716 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

3. Connie and Ted's Seafood

8171 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Connie & Ted's is celebrated Providence chef Michael Cimarusti's contemporary take on a classic seafood "shack." He's serving up tried and true sea-centric constructions made with top quality ingredients and only the best sea animals, plus a few extras like a burger topped with Hook's four-year-aged cheddar.

8171 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

4. Fishing with Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA

Chef David LeFevre's tiny nook of a seafood joint has been slammed since its debut, which means it's vital to make a reservation in advance. In this bright and convivial (though cramped) space he's plating up a mixed batch of old and new seafood dishes, alongside a thoughtful list of intoxicants. Early standouts are the Thai Shellfish Coconut Soup, Albacore Tartare, and Loup de Mer.

1148 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA

5. Petty Cash Taqueria

7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

In the former home to Playa (RIP) comes Petty Cash Taqueria, a colorful and fun new eatery conducive to social dining (many communal picnic-style tables). Chef Walter Manzke collaborated with famed Baja chef Guillermo Campos Moreno of Tacos Kokopelli on Petty Cash's Mexican street food menu. There's deep fried cheesy churros, a bevy of tacos, and even raw pork ceviche.

7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

6. Girasol Restaurant

11334 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91602

A sleek new Studio City addition designed to resemble a sunflower, Girasol is a dedicated California eatery through and through. Top Chef alum CJ Jacobson is responsible for the restaurant's refined seasonal California menu, and there's beer and California wines to go alongside.

11334 Moorpark St
Studio City, CA 91602

7. Rao's

1006 Seward St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

This New York transplant serves predictable but well executed Italian-Amnerican classics in a charming, perfectly sized dining room in a part of Hollywood that might best be described as in the "the middle of nowhere." It's exactly what ownership wanted in terms of location.

1006 Seward St
Los Angeles, CA 90038

8. Orsa & Winston

122 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Chef Josef Centeno goes the fine dining route with Orsa & Winston, a small, minimalist-designed Japanese-Italian hybrid Downtown. Here one will find prix fixe menus priced at $60 (five courses), $95 (nine courses), or the super omakase (offered at the rear chef's counter) for $195.

122 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

9. Scopa Italian Roots

2905 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

This newcomer in Venice pairs chef Antonia Lofaso's soulful, Italian cuisine with Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix's straightforward and well-crafted cocktails. The interior isn't just expansive, the semi-industrial space has a warmth that makes it a great place to linger late into the night.

2905 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

10. Republique

624 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Walter and Margarita Manzke's landmark restaurant in the historic Campanile building sure took a long time to open, but it was worth the wait. The bistro-inspired fare gets more refined by the day while everything from house-made bread and desserts to another level. This is the restaurant L.A. has been waiting for.

624 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

11. Maude

212 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Maude is chef Curtis Stone's first restaurant, an intimate dining experience with just 25 seats in Beverly Hills. Here Stone is serving a $75 nine-course seasonal California prix fixe menu centered on one theme ingredient per month. Tip: The best seats in the house are the four rear chairs at a bar that overlooks the open kitchen.

212 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

12. Gracias Madre

8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

The most recent meat-free effort from those behind Cafe Gratitude, Gracias Madre follows a slightly more formal model in which guests are urged to make reservations for vegan Mexican cuisine served alongside tequila and mezcal-based drinks by Jason Eisner formerly of Drago Centro. Since day one this place has been an early hit with the denizens of West Hollywood.

8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

13. East Borough Fraîche Vietnamese

9810 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

A hip, modern Vietnamese eatery born in Costa Mesa and brought to Los Angeles thanks to Superba Snack Bar's Paul Hibler and chef Jason Neroni. During lunch drop in for banh mi, vermicelli noodle salads, and even a pho baguette, while dinner brings more serious plates of baby octopus and phocatini.

9810 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

14. Night + Market Song

3322 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market is back with this Silver Lake sequel equally dedicated to Northern Thai cuisine consumed in a colorful 50-seat space. Although Yenbamroong wants Night + Market Song to be a locals spot, the chef has earned enough of a reputation for his flavor-packed plates to attract Angelenos from across the city. Keep in mind this place doesn't accept reservations, so expect to wait for a table.

3322 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

15. Pot at the Line Hotel

3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Roy Choi's first restaurant in Koreatown is an incredibly authentic and thoughtful rendition of some of the best that Korean cuisine has to offer. While the large family-style pots full of everything from braised beef to seafood are the star of the menu, the other shareable bites like dumplings, squid, pollack roe, and fried rice are also worth trying. An unbeatable scene, too.

3515 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

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16. Faith & Flower

705 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Faith & Flower is Coastal Luxury Management's redo of the old Towne space into a fun, boisterous New American eatery cheffed by Michael Hung of La Folie in SF. The AvroKO-designed space is supposed to pay homage to Los Angeles during the 1800s and early 1900s. The menu has everything from uni and fava bean toast to kimchi-spiked deviled eggs to oxtail agnolotti, and the pizzas here are pretty on point as well. To drink, go with the milk punch.

705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

17. Wexler's Deli

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Micah Wexler has changed the deli game in L.A. completely, with this modern take on classics like pastrami, lox, corned beef, and pickles. For a change, nearly everything is done in house, from the smoking to the curing, and the result is fantastic: thick, hand-cut slices placed between plush rye bread or kaiser rolls. And the lox is so perfectly cured it's nearly translucent. With all the great places opening up at Grand Central, it's hard to find the best one right now, but Wexler's might be the most popular at the moment.

317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

18. smoke.oil.salt.

7274 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Perfecto Rocher is finally doing the kind of cuisine that he's wanted to bring to Los Angeles: soulful and elegant Spanish tapas in the former Angeli Caffe space on Melrose. It definitely makes this block more interesting, especially with that super-smokey wood-fired grill whose aroma tends to pervade the space. Try the grilled Iberico, uni flan, and house-made olives.

7274 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

19. The Wallace

3833 Main St, Culver City, CA 90232

Michael and Carol Teich have created a sleeper hit in Culver City with their ode to rustic Californian cuisine fueled by pristine market produce and solid technique. The former baseball player is churning out some of the best vegetables in town, as a result. The cocktails are no slouch either.

3833 Main St
Culver City, CA 90232

20. Pine & Crane

1521 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Vivian Ku and Allan Lai decided to bring something that Silver Lake really needed: a modern Chinese restaurant in a beautiful space. And this casual eatery in the heart of Silver Lake is just what the neighborhood needed. Handmade noodles, fresh produce straight from the family farm, and top-notch tea service. Pine & Crane is an oasis of Chinese cuisine for the Eastside.

1521 Griffith Park Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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