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The Eater Mpls Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort, etc., and more often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What is the "it" (ie, newest) place of the moment?

Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change often to continually highlight where the food-focused crowds are flocking to at this very second. This time around, please welcome three new spots: The Mill NE, Lake & Irving, and DiNoko's Bar Zia.

Did we miss your personal favorite hot, new restaurant? By all means, let us know in the comments or email the tipline.


11/7/13: Added The Rabbit Hole, Honey & Rye Bakehouse, and Umami Dim Sum

10/3/13: Added Seventh Street Social, Eat Street Buddha Kitchen, and Union Fish Market

9/5/13: Added Umami by Travail

8/1/13: Added: Ideal Diner, Town Hall Lanes

7/11/13: Added: Verdant Tea Tasting Room, The Buttered Tin, Terzo Vino Bar, Sandcastle

6/16/13: Added: Pig Ate My Pizza, Smoke in the Pit

5/2/13: Added: Potter's Pasties, Daily Diner Frogtown

4/4/13: Added: Spill the Wine, Origami Uptown, The Sample Room

3/7/13: Added: Rincón 38, Smack Shack, Burch Steak & Pizza Bar, One Two Three Sushi

2/7/13: Added: Parka, Blue Door Longfellow

1/3/13: Added: Borough, Parlour

12/6/12: Added: World Street Kitchen, Union

11/15/12: Debuted: The Lynn on Bryant, The Left Handed Cook, Fika, Icehouse, The Gray House, Nightingale, The Kenwood, Café Maude at Loring, New Bohemia

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Honey & Rye Bakehouse

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4501 Excelsior Blvd
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416
(612) 844-2555
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This new St. Louis Park bakery offers fresh-baked breads (both standards and daily rotating specials) and sweets, plus they should be adding soups and sandwiches to the menu soon.

2. Lake & Irving Restaurant and Bar

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1513 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 354-2453
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Run by brothers Chris and Andrew Ikeda, this new Uptown spot features American food with Asian influences. Think: lobster tostadas and misoyaki salmon. Plus, brunch.

3. Eat Street Buddha Kitchen & Lounge

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2550 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Eat Street Buddha Kitchen makes it on the heatmap for its location alone, at the hot, hot corner of 26th and Nicollet. Is the food and drink any good? Can it give "Asian fusion" a better name? It's not clear yet, but it's definitely a spot for food obsessives to...obsess over.

4. The Rabbit Hole

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920 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 236-4526
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The Rabbit Hole is the first full-on restaurant from the folks behind ever-popular Midtown Global Market Stand The Left-Handed Cook. Expect Korean street food with a twist (garlic soy wings, rice cakes with duck confit), as well as an extensive cocktail list (including kegged cocktails).

5. Union Fish Market

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733 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 455-6690
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Less than a year after opening, downtown's Union (known for its retractable rooftop) has launched another concept: restaurant-within-a-restaurant Union Fish Market. Located in the multi-floor restaurant's main floor, the Fish Market serves a wide variety of sustainably-sourced seafood, from lobster banh mi and shrimp corn dogs to razor clam crudo with buttermilk and peaches.

6. Di Nokos Bar Zia

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420 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 727-2424
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Formerly a beloved delivery/takeout only spot in Nokomis, Di Noko's just moved to a full-on eat-in restaurant downtown. You can get the same deep dish pizza, but now with craft drinks and, if you want it, a widescreen TV in the sports bar area.

7. The Mill Northeast

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1851 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 315-2340
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This relaunch of the Mill City Café (which closed in May 2012) has got the same people, new location, and a slightly different name. With brunch and happy hour every day (from 3-6 p.m.), and a wide-ranging menu, this might be a new go-to spot in Northeast.

8. Seventh Street Social

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2176 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55116
(651) 330-4688
This new addition to the St. Paul dining (and drinking) scene is focused on upscale comfort food and cocktails. Think skillet roasted lobster pot pie, pot roast, and home-baked burger buns, plus an extensive cocktail menu.

1. Honey & Rye Bakehouse

4501 Excelsior Blvd, Saint Louis Park, MN 55416
This new St. Louis Park bakery offers fresh-baked breads (both standards and daily rotating specials) and sweets, plus they should be adding soups and sandwiches to the menu soon.
4501 Excelsior Blvd
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

2. Lake & Irving Restaurant and Bar

1513 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Run by brothers Chris and Andrew Ikeda, this new Uptown spot features American food with Asian influences. Think: lobster tostadas and misoyaki salmon. Plus, brunch.
1513 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

3. Eat Street Buddha Kitchen & Lounge

2550 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Eat Street Buddha Kitchen makes it on the heatmap for its location alone, at the hot, hot corner of 26th and Nicollet. Is the food and drink any good? Can it give "Asian fusion" a better name? It's not clear yet, but it's definitely a spot for food obsessives to...obsess over.
2550 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

4. The Rabbit Hole

920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406
The Rabbit Hole is the first full-on restaurant from the folks behind ever-popular Midtown Global Market Stand The Left-Handed Cook. Expect Korean street food with a twist (garlic soy wings, rice cakes with duck confit), as well as an extensive cocktail list (including kegged cocktails).
920 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406

5. Union Fish Market

733 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Less than a year after opening, downtown's Union (known for its retractable rooftop) has launched another concept: restaurant-within-a-restaurant Union Fish Market. Located in the multi-floor restaurant's main floor, the Fish Market serves a wide variety of sustainably-sourced seafood, from lobster banh mi and shrimp corn dogs to razor clam crudo with buttermilk and peaches.
733 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

6. Di Nokos Bar Zia

420 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Formerly a beloved delivery/takeout only spot in Nokomis, Di Noko's just moved to a full-on eat-in restaurant downtown. You can get the same deep dish pizza, but now with craft drinks and, if you want it, a widescreen TV in the sports bar area.
420 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55415

7. The Mill Northeast

1851 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN
This relaunch of the Mill City Café (which closed in May 2012) has got the same people, new location, and a slightly different name. With brunch and happy hour every day (from 3-6 p.m.), and a wide-ranging menu, this might be a new go-to spot in Northeast.
1851 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN

8. Seventh Street Social

2176 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55116
This new addition to the St. Paul dining (and drinking) scene is focused on upscale comfort food and cocktails. Think skillet roasted lobster pot pie, pot roast, and home-baked burger buns, plus an extensive cocktail menu.
2176 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55116

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