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Updating the Eater Vancouver HeatMap: Where to Eat Now

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If you've been puzzling over where you should eat out, Eater is back to answer that very question with our newest edition of the Heatmap—a guide to what's new, what's hot, and which restaurants are causing most buzz in Van City.
While the Eater 38 is a resource that covers old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not necessarily a chronicle of the "it" places of the moment. Thus, in no particular order, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change every month to continuously highlight where the food nerds are flocking to at the moment.
As the holidays gallop into view, Heatmap November stars Gringo, Emerald and Cuchillo make way for Rain or Shine Ice Cream, Notturno, Craft Beer Market, Mosaic and -in a final flood of farewell love - Boneta.

IN: Rain or Shine Ice Cream, Notturno, Craft Beer Market, Mosaic, Boneta
OUT: Gringo, Emerald, Cuchillo
Got a suggestion for a restaurant you think deserves to be added to next month's Heatmap? Drop us a line or leave a comment and stay tuned for the next edition of the Heatmap, dropping the first Thursday of December.


Heatmap History

December
Added: Rain or Shine Ice Cream, Notturno, Craft Beer Market, Mosaic, Boneta
Removed: Gringo, Cuchillo, Emerald

November
Added:
Wagon Rouge, Gringo, Emerald
Removed: Earnest Ice Cream, Homer Street Cafe and Bar, The Farmer's Apprentice

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Le Wagon Rouge

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1869 Powell Street, Vancouver
BC V5L 1H9, Canada
French bistro classics from the creator of one of the city's favourite diners, the Red Wagon. What's not to love at Brad Miller's new venture on Powell?

2. Mamie Taylor's

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251 Georgia Street East, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 620-8818
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American comfort food “done right” in Chinatown from Simon Kaulback (ex Boneta) and Ron Oliver (ex-The Diamond). Ticking all the essential Hipster Hang Out boxes (exposed brick, taxidermy, cutesy condiment containers and vintage portraits) it’s scoring much love for its fried chicken, burgers and excellent cocktails.

3. Craft Beer Market

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85 W 1st Ave., Vancouver
BC V5Y 0C4, Canada
(604) 709-2337
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With 140 taps, CRAFT has become an instant mecca for beer fans - it's actually Canada’s largest selection of draft beers - right here in the Village. Beer-buzz aside, we're also told that this is fantastic spot for singles too. Let us know how that works out...

4. Burdock & Co

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2702 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5T 3E8, Canada
(604) 879-0077
One of the most important chefs in the city, Andrea Carlson’s CV reads like a Best Of... run-down of every restaurant that helped shape Vancouver’s fresh, local and sustainable style: C, Raincity Grill, Sooke Harbour House, Bishop's - she’s worked at them all. Burdock & Co is a shining example of casual fine-dining: Vancouver style. And yes - her ramen is every bit as good as everyone says it is.

5. Rain or Shine Ice Cream

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102-1926 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
BC V6J 1M5, Canada
(604) 428-7246
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Another craft ice cream store hits the streets - bravely opening just in time for icy blasts and rain showers. Their ice cream "Taco Tuesday" and tasting flights are already crowd-pleasers.

6. Good Wolfe Kitchen & Bar

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1043 Mainland St., Vancouver
BC V6B 1A9, Canada
(604) 428-1043
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If you've eaten at the ambrosial Fresh, Local, Wild food truck you'll know that chef Josh Wolfe can cook up a storm. Given the space (and toys) back in a larger space again (Wolfe used to be Executive Chef of Coast) only good things can happen. [Photo Credit]

7. Mosaic Restaurant & Grille @ Hyatt

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655 Burrard St, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 639-4770
Really? A restaurant in a Hyatt hotel? Well, yes. Chef Thomas Heinrich's changing tasting menus are taking a walk on the pleasingly-inventive side and creating plenty of social media buzz. Add to that his selection as the sole Canadian chef for Taste Taiwan Culinary Tour and you'll see why people are excited about *just* a hotel restaurant.

8. Bambudda

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99 Powell St, Vancouver
BC, Canada
Everyone is ranting/raving about the chicken skin and the radish cakes here - they seem to inspire passionate love/hate reactions. Ray Loy’s (front of house veteran and part of Market By Jean Georges opening team at the Shangri La) first solo venture is a welcoming Gastown joint which already feels like part of the neighbourhood. Chef Keev Mah has a deft touch in the kitchen turning out well-balanced ‘modern interpretations of dim sum’. Barman Buck Friend’s Tsui Hang take on ‘cold tea’ is inspired.

9. Notturno

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280 Carrall Street, Vancouver
British Columbia V6B2J1, Canada
(604) 720-3145
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This tiny bar and restaurant tucked away on Carrall has cocktail fans thoroughly over-excited thanks to bartender H's creative concotions - impressively, William Robitaille's Italian tapas even delighted notoriously hard-to-please Globe & Mail critic Alexandra Gill.

10. Boneta Restaurant

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12 Water St., Vancouver
BC V6B 0B7, Canada
(604) 684-1844
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News that Gastown's beloved Boneta will be closing after its final service on December 23 has left Vancouver diners bereft - and catapulted Boneta into Vancouver's Most Wanted. Call to bag a reservation before they shutter for good.

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1. Le Wagon Rouge

1869 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 1H9, Canada
French bistro classics from the creator of one of the city's favourite diners, the Red Wagon. What's not to love at Brad Miller's new venture on Powell?
1869 Powell Street, Vancouver
BC V5L 1H9, Canada

2. Mamie Taylor's

251 Georgia Street East, Vancouver, BC, Canada
American comfort food “done right” in Chinatown from Simon Kaulback (ex Boneta) and Ron Oliver (ex-The Diamond). Ticking all the essential Hipster Hang Out boxes (exposed brick, taxidermy, cutesy condiment containers and vintage portraits) it’s scoring much love for its fried chicken, burgers and excellent cocktails.
251 Georgia Street East, Vancouver
BC, Canada

3. Craft Beer Market

85 W 1st Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Y 0C4, Canada
With 140 taps, CRAFT has become an instant mecca for beer fans - it's actually Canada’s largest selection of draft beers - right here in the Village. Beer-buzz aside, we're also told that this is fantastic spot for singles too. Let us know how that works out...
85 W 1st Ave., Vancouver
BC V5Y 0C4, Canada

4. Burdock & Co

2702 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E8, Canada
One of the most important chefs in the city, Andrea Carlson’s CV reads like a Best Of... run-down of every restaurant that helped shape Vancouver’s fresh, local and sustainable style: C, Raincity Grill, Sooke Harbour House, Bishop's - she’s worked at them all. Burdock & Co is a shining example of casual fine-dining: Vancouver style. And yes - her ramen is every bit as good as everyone says it is.
2702 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5T 3E8, Canada

5. Rain or Shine Ice Cream

102-1926 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, Canada
Another craft ice cream store hits the streets - bravely opening just in time for icy blasts and rain showers. Their ice cream "Taco Tuesday" and tasting flights are already crowd-pleasers.
102-1926 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
BC V6J 1M5, Canada

6. Good Wolfe Kitchen & Bar

1043 Mainland St., Vancouver, BC V6B 1A9, Canada
If you've eaten at the ambrosial Fresh, Local, Wild food truck you'll know that chef Josh Wolfe can cook up a storm. Given the space (and toys) back in a larger space again (Wolfe used to be Executive Chef of Coast) only good things can happen. [Photo Credit]
1043 Mainland St., Vancouver
BC V6B 1A9, Canada

7. Mosaic Restaurant & Grille @ Hyatt

655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Really? A restaurant in a Hyatt hotel? Well, yes. Chef Thomas Heinrich's changing tasting menus are taking a walk on the pleasingly-inventive side and creating plenty of social media buzz. Add to that his selection as the sole Canadian chef for Taste Taiwan Culinary Tour and you'll see why people are excited about *just* a hotel restaurant.
655 Burrard St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

8. Bambudda

99 Powell St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Everyone is ranting/raving about the chicken skin and the radish cakes here - they seem to inspire passionate love/hate reactions. Ray Loy’s (front of house veteran and part of Market By Jean Georges opening team at the Shangri La) first solo venture is a welcoming Gastown joint which already feels like part of the neighbourhood. Chef Keev Mah has a deft touch in the kitchen turning out well-balanced ‘modern interpretations of dim sum’. Barman Buck Friend’s Tsui Hang take on ‘cold tea’ is inspired.
99 Powell St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

9. Notturno

280 Carrall Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B2J1, Canada
This tiny bar and restaurant tucked away on Carrall has cocktail fans thoroughly over-excited thanks to bartender H's creative concotions - impressively, William Robitaille's Italian tapas even delighted notoriously hard-to-please Globe & Mail critic Alexandra Gill.
280 Carrall Street, Vancouver
British Columbia V6B2J1, Canada

10. Boneta Restaurant

12 Water St., Vancouver, BC V6B 0B7, Canada
News that Gastown's beloved Boneta will be closing after its final service on December 23 has left Vancouver diners bereft - and catapulted Boneta into Vancouver's Most Wanted. Call to bag a reservation before they shutter for good.
12 Water St., Vancouver
BC V6B 0B7, Canada