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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 five new spots: Lyn 65, Bogart Doughnut Co., Public Kitchen + Bar, Agra Culture Kitchen, and CoV.

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


8/7/14: Added Lyn 65, Bogart Doughnut Co., Public Kitchen + Bar, Agra Culture Kitchen, CoV

7/3/14: Added Tiny Diner, Dong Hae Korean Grill & Sushi, Little Szechuan St. Paul, Tongue in Cheek, 65Smith

6/5/14: Added Hola Arepa, The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen, Lago Taco, Agra Culture Kitchen & Press, Hot Indian Foods, the newly renovated Birchwood, and the new location of Corner Table

5/1/14: Added Heyday, Brasserie Zentral, and Cook St. Paul

4/3/14: Added Hen House Eatery and BoneYard

3/6/14: Added La Fresca, Kyatchi, and the Birchwood pop-up at Verdant Tea

2/6/14: Added Day Block Brewing, Relevé Champagne Lounge, Coup d'Etat, Travail, and The Rookery

1/2/14: Added Sonora Grill, Chef Shack Ranch, The Freehouse, and Hammer & Sickle

12/5/13: Added The Mill NE, Lake & Irving, and DiNoko's Bar Zia

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
· All Heatmap Coverage [-EMSP-]

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lyn 65

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6439 Lyndale Ave South
Richfield, MN
(612) 353-5501
Richfield is hopping from Linden Hills Co-op to this new spot. The bar boasts craft cocktails to woo the inner booze snob, and there’s gluten-free buttermilk-brined cast iron skillet-fried chicken and charred baby octopus atop squid ink aioli with zesty chermoula. Also: Roman flat bread, which is fancy food talk for pizza. [Photo]

2. Bogart's Doughnut Co.

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904 W. 36th St.
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 259-7519
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Anne Rucker is the Van Gogh of fried dough. Doughnuts at a distance seem so simple, but upon closer inspection— via your mouth— the symphony of flavors is evident. Crackling exterior gives way to tender cake-y interior and fillings like vanilla bean flecked cream. [Photo]

3. Public Kitchen & Bar

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229 E 6th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
This split-level spot has lunch and dinner upstairs in the airy space with the giant windows overlooking Mears Park or small plates and cocktails downstairs in a sleek speakeasy-style cellar. Plates are chef Greg Johnson’s take on classics like braised short rib and a succulent, saucy chicken ravioli. Service is attentive and eager. It’s another destination for the ever-growing Lowertown neighborhood (and walking distance from the new Green Line). [Photo]

4. Tongue In Cheek - Eastside

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989 Payne Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55130
(651) 888-6148
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This Eastside spot is drawing people in from all over the cities for happy hour with ridiculously affordable drinks and beers plus a slew of small plates. The teasers change with the whims of the chef and with a $3 price tag, it’s easy to eat them all. Add a serving of hand-cut fries and it’s a full meal of sophisticated flavors and textures for just a few bucks.

5. Agra Culture Kitchen

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2939 Girard Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Healthy food doesn’t have to resemble cardboard: That’s the assertion inside this quick-service spot. With a choose-your-own-adventure mix of proteins, greens and vegetables, there's a wholesome option to have it your way. Whether in need of a grab-and-dash breakfast or an easy post run-around-the-lakes dinner, this place has you covered. [Photo]

6. Corner Table

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4257 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 823-0011
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The neighborhood gem with a fine dining pedigree has settled into its new spot down the street, but there is still more to explore on their ever-evolving menu. Summer evenings stretch into night with plates of crispy duck confit over smashed zucchini on the miraculously bug-free patio. On the weekend the brunch menu is Benedict heavy, but there’s also the crispy-fried rabbit on a sweet potato waffle with amber-hued maple syrup.

7. Heyday

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2700 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 200-9369
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This new Uptown bar/restaurant comes from Union's former chef Jim Christiansen and former La Belle Vie frontman Lorin Zinter. Think: carefully-prepared, ever-changing seasonal small plates like lamb tartare and roasted monkfish. Plus, killer cocktails and a dessert menu with help from La Belle Vie's famed pastry chef Diane Yang.

8. Hola Arepa

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3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Pay no mind to that calendar because as long as the patio is open at Hola Arepa, this summer will never die. With a plate of yucca fries, a series of progressively spicier sauces, and a few of those expertly mixed cocktails, it’s easy to believe the dream of warm days will never die. Pro tip: even if you’re sitting inside, it feels like you’re outside. There's not a bad seat in the house.

9. CōV

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700 Lake Street East
Wayzata, MN 55391
Part of the draw is the patio. The closer to Lake Minnetonka, the nearer to God, as they say (or someone once said... probably). This is the spot that was nearly called Cru, until they decided a late-in-the-game name change. The menu won’t offend a soul, unless you’re hung up on price tags— $14 burgers and a $19 solitary crab cake will leave a dent. But who doesn’t love oysters on the half shell, and these ones go for $3 per shot— and come with a view. [Photo]

10. Tiny Diner

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1024 E 38th St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 767-3322
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The latest spot from restaurateur-about-town Kim Bartmann, Tiny Diner focuses on updated diner dishes made from local, sustainable ingredients (lots of organic eggs up in here). Plus, the menu highlights a different classic diner city with special dishes. Get the scrapple before its gone.

1. Lyn 65

6439 Lyndale Ave South, Richfield, MN
Richfield is hopping from Linden Hills Co-op to this new spot. The bar boasts craft cocktails to woo the inner booze snob, and there’s gluten-free buttermilk-brined cast iron skillet-fried chicken and charred baby octopus atop squid ink aioli with zesty chermoula. Also: Roman flat bread, which is fancy food talk for pizza. [Photo]
6439 Lyndale Ave South
Richfield, MN

2. Bogart's Doughnut Co.

904 W. 36th St., Minneapolis, MN
Anne Rucker is the Van Gogh of fried dough. Doughnuts at a distance seem so simple, but upon closer inspection— via your mouth— the symphony of flavors is evident. Crackling exterior gives way to tender cake-y interior and fillings like vanilla bean flecked cream. [Photo]
904 W. 36th St.
Minneapolis, MN

3. Public Kitchen & Bar

229 E 6th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101
This split-level spot has lunch and dinner upstairs in the airy space with the giant windows overlooking Mears Park or small plates and cocktails downstairs in a sleek speakeasy-style cellar. Plates are chef Greg Johnson’s take on classics like braised short rib and a succulent, saucy chicken ravioli. Service is attentive and eager. It’s another destination for the ever-growing Lowertown neighborhood (and walking distance from the new Green Line). [Photo]
229 E 6th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101

4. Tongue In Cheek - Eastside

989 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55130
This Eastside spot is drawing people in from all over the cities for happy hour with ridiculously affordable drinks and beers plus a slew of small plates. The teasers change with the whims of the chef and with a $3 price tag, it’s easy to eat them all. Add a serving of hand-cut fries and it’s a full meal of sophisticated flavors and textures for just a few bucks.
989 Payne Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55130

5. Agra Culture Kitchen

2939 Girard Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Healthy food doesn’t have to resemble cardboard: That’s the assertion inside this quick-service spot. With a choose-your-own-adventure mix of proteins, greens and vegetables, there's a wholesome option to have it your way. Whether in need of a grab-and-dash breakfast or an easy post run-around-the-lakes dinner, this place has you covered. [Photo]
2939 Girard Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

6. Corner Table

4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
The neighborhood gem with a fine dining pedigree has settled into its new spot down the street, but there is still more to explore on their ever-evolving menu. Summer evenings stretch into night with plates of crispy duck confit over smashed zucchini on the miraculously bug-free patio. On the weekend the brunch menu is Benedict heavy, but there’s also the crispy-fried rabbit on a sweet potato waffle with amber-hued maple syrup.
4257 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

7. Heyday

2700 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
This new Uptown bar/restaurant comes from Union's former chef Jim Christiansen and former La Belle Vie frontman Lorin Zinter. Think: carefully-prepared, ever-changing seasonal small plates like lamb tartare and roasted monkfish. Plus, killer cocktails and a dessert menu with help from La Belle Vie's famed pastry chef Diane Yang.
2700 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

8. Hola Arepa

3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Pay no mind to that calendar because as long as the patio is open at Hola Arepa, this summer will never die. With a plate of yucca fries, a series of progressively spicier sauces, and a few of those expertly mixed cocktails, it’s easy to believe the dream of warm days will never die. Pro tip: even if you’re sitting inside, it feels like you’re outside. There's not a bad seat in the house.
3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

9. CōV

700 Lake Street East, Wayzata, MN 55391
Part of the draw is the patio. The closer to Lake Minnetonka, the nearer to God, as they say (or someone once said... probably). This is the spot that was nearly called Cru, until they decided a late-in-the-game name change. The menu won’t offend a soul, unless you’re hung up on price tags— $14 burgers and a $19 solitary crab cake will leave a dent. But who doesn’t love oysters on the half shell, and these ones go for $3 per shot— and come with a view. [Photo]
700 Lake Street East
Wayzata, MN 55391

10. Tiny Diner

1024 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
The latest spot from restaurateur-about-town Kim Bartmann, Tiny Diner focuses on updated diner dishes made from local, sustainable ingredients (lots of organic eggs up in here). Plus, the menu highlights a different classic diner city with special dishes. Get the scrapple before its gone.
1024 E 38th St
Minneapolis, MN 55407

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