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Presenting the First Heatmap of 2013

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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 18 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. Here's the Eater Heat Map, which will change continually to always highlight where the crowds are flocking to at the moment. New to the map this time around are the two King Street insta-hotspots: The Rarebit and Mike Lata's ode to seafood The Ordinary.


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Two Boroughs Larder

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Hyperlocal and super delicious, Two Boroughs Larder is a food lover's dream, but it’s not for the weak at heart. There’s an ever-changing menu and you’re likely to find things like bone marrow and lamb belly. The permanent options, like the bowl-o-noodle bowl and egg sandwich, are always a comforting bet.

The Macintosh

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The Macintosh is all about simple, delicious food in a comfortable but cool setting. The stone crab gnudi is one of those dishes that you will dream about. And it doesn't get better than the Bacon Happy Hour.

Stars Rooftop and Grill Room

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City Paper's Eric Doksa recently called Chef Nathan Thurstan's oysters "addictive." Stars has quickly become a mega hotspot, and the wait on weekends (even for drinks) can be long. They just started a happy hour on Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m. with half off wine and $3 appetizers, making it an enticing weekday stop as well.

Xiao Bao Biscuit

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This relative newcomer at the corner of Rutledge and Spring is bringing it hard, with tasty bites and cocktails and soulful entrees, like congee (their rice porridge) and Okonomiyaki, the cabbage pancakes that are quickly becoming their signature dish.

The Ordinary

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The space is breathtaking and so are the seafood towers. Mike Lata's new palace is drawing the crowds, and anyone who's tasted the oysters or Maine lobster ceviche knows why.

The Rarebit

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Brent Sweatman is working wizardry behind The Rarebit's bar. The cocktails are bright (try the Moscow Mule, which is served in an oft-stolen copper mug) with housemade sodas.

Rutledge Cab Company

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Chef Robert Carter's watering hole filled a gaping void in the uptown dining scene. There have been some reports of early kinks, but everyone seems confident that Carter will work it out and continue to wow with his breakfast all day and casual fare north of the Crosstown.
HoM is by no means new, but the glory of burgers, drinks and ping-pong seems to be sinking in with Charlestonians a little more. The Hurricane, with its duck confit, is too tasty to pass by.

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Two Boroughs Larder

Hyperlocal and super delicious, Two Boroughs Larder is a food lover's dream, but it’s not for the weak at heart. There’s an ever-changing menu and you’re likely to find things like bone marrow and lamb belly. The permanent options, like the bowl-o-noodle bowl and egg sandwich, are always a comforting bet.

The Macintosh

The Macintosh is all about simple, delicious food in a comfortable but cool setting. The stone crab gnudi is one of those dishes that you will dream about. And it doesn't get better than the Bacon Happy Hour.

Stars Rooftop and Grill Room

City Paper's Eric Doksa recently called Chef Nathan Thurstan's oysters "addictive." Stars has quickly become a mega hotspot, and the wait on weekends (even for drinks) can be long. They just started a happy hour on Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m. with half off wine and $3 appetizers, making it an enticing weekday stop as well.

Xiao Bao Biscuit

This relative newcomer at the corner of Rutledge and Spring is bringing it hard, with tasty bites and cocktails and soulful entrees, like congee (their rice porridge) and Okonomiyaki, the cabbage pancakes that are quickly becoming their signature dish.

The Ordinary

The space is breathtaking and so are the seafood towers. Mike Lata's new palace is drawing the crowds, and anyone who's tasted the oysters or Maine lobster ceviche knows why.

The Rarebit

Brent Sweatman is working wizardry behind The Rarebit's bar. The cocktails are bright (try the Moscow Mule, which is served in an oft-stolen copper mug) with housemade sodas.

Rutledge Cab Company

Chef Robert Carter's watering hole filled a gaping void in the uptown dining scene. There have been some reports of early kinks, but everyone seems confident that Carter will work it out and continue to wow with his breakfast all day and casual fare north of the Crosstown.

HŌM

HoM is by no means new, but the glory of burgers, drinks and ping-pong seems to be sinking in with Charlestonians a little more. The Hurricane, with its duck confit, is too tasty to pass by.

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