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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: St. Paul's Seventh Street Social, restaurant-within-a-restaurant Union Fish Market, and Eat Street's Eat Street Buddha Kitchen.

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


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. Broders' T3RZO Vino Bar

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2221 W. 50th St
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 925-0330
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The ever-expanding Broders' empire takes over another corner of 50th and Penn with Terzo Vino Bar. It's got a 1,000-bottle, all-Italian wine cellar, 40-50 wines by the glass, 10 taps, and a menu of small plates, including a fried artichoke that looks to die for.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Umami by Travail

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904 West Broadway Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Travail's North Minneapolis pop-up, Umami by Travail, isn't open quite yet (it's slated to open next week), but it makes it on the September heatmap so you don't miss one day of Travail pop-up goodness. The plan is to serve Asian street food; instead of reservations, there will be online ticket sales for seatings (plus some walk-ins on weeknights). The pop-up is tentatively scheduled to be open through the end of October.

5. Verdant Tea Tasting Room & Tea Bar

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2111 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 223-8907
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There's a plethora of riches at this new tea shop and tasting room: tea, of course, but also a Birchwood-designed menu, Sweet Science ice cream, and chocolates from local chocolatiers The Real Deal Chocolate.

6. 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.

7. The Buttered Tin

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237 7th Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 224-2300
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This breakfast/lunch spot boasts a menu designed by Muffuletta alum Jason Schellin and Salty Tart alum Anna Berzelius, plus pastry treats from Alicia Hinze, a winner of Food Network's Cupcake Wars. It also serves coffee, beer, and wine.

1. Broders' T3RZO Vino Bar

2221 W. 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
The ever-expanding Broders' empire takes over another corner of 50th and Penn with Terzo Vino Bar. It's got a 1,000-bottle, all-Italian wine cellar, 40-50 wines by the glass, 10 taps, and a menu of small plates, including a fried artichoke that looks to die for.
2221 W. 50th St
Minneapolis, MN 55410

2. 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

3. 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

4. Umami by Travail

904 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Travail's North Minneapolis pop-up, Umami by Travail, isn't open quite yet (it's slated to open next week), but it makes it on the September heatmap so you don't miss one day of Travail pop-up goodness. The plan is to serve Asian street food; instead of reservations, there will be online ticket sales for seatings (plus some walk-ins on weeknights). The pop-up is tentatively scheduled to be open through the end of October.
904 West Broadway Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55411

5. Verdant Tea Tasting Room & Tea Bar

2111 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
There's a plethora of riches at this new tea shop and tasting room: tea, of course, but also a Birchwood-designed menu, Sweet Science ice cream, and chocolates from local chocolatiers The Real Deal Chocolate.
2111 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

6. 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

7. The Buttered Tin

237 7th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55101
This breakfast/lunch spot boasts a menu designed by Muffuletta alum Jason Schellin and Salty Tart alum Anna Berzelius, plus pastry treats from Alicia Hinze, a winner of Food Network's Cupcake Wars. It also serves coffee, beer, and wine.
237 7th Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55101

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