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Where to Eat Right Now: October 2013 Heatmap

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This Eater Heatmap consists of recently opened places we think you should try right now. This isn't the definitive list of where to eat — that's coming next week. Here's what's new, whether it's a restaurateur's second spot, a fast-food phenomenon or a soon-to-be Houston institution. If there are any new places we have to check out, shoot us a message. Maybe they'll show up on next month's Heatmap.

This month we added: Coppa Osteria, Jolibee, Morton's Grille, Peru Cafe, Fellini Caffè, The Dosa Factory, and we removed: Tucano's, Voodoo Queen, Katch 22, The Pastry War, Sandy Witch and D&T Drive Inn.


September Added: La Balance, City Oven, Osteria Mazzantini, The Pastry War, Radical Eats, Voodoo Queen Removed: Chopping Block, Eleven XI, Del Frisco's Grille, Pistolero's, Goro and Gun, Bistro des Artes, Batanga

July Added: Sandy Witch Sandwich Company, Tucanos Brazilian Grill, D&T Drive Inn and Bistro des Arts Removed: Eatsie Boys Cafe, Texas de Brazil Churrascaria, Pizzeria Solario, Seasons 52

June Added: Eleven XI, Pistolero's, Katch 22, Seasons 52, Chopping Block: Gourmet Burgers; Removed: Blacksmith, Reginelli's Pizzeria, Hollister on Washington, Local Pour, La Casa del Caballo

May Added: Eatsie Boys Cafe, Texas de Brazil Churrascaria, Pizzeria Solario, Killen's BBQ; Removed: Moon Tower Inn, Oak Leaf Smokehouse, Blue Mug Cafe, Brooklyn Athletic Club

April Added: Goro & Gun, Batanga, Local Pour, The Blue Mug Cafe, Del Frisco's Grille; Removed: MF Sushi, Eatsie Boys Cafe, El Tiempo on Navigation, Pizza L'Vino, 88 Boiling Crawfish & Seafood

March Added: Oak Leaf Smokehouse, La Casa del Caballo, Reginelli's Pizzeria, Hollister on Washington, 88 Boiling Crawfish and Seafood, El Tiempo on Navigation; Removed: Fat Bao, Etoile Cuisine et Bar, The Burger Guys, Corner Table, Biryani Pot and Cove

February: Added: Moon Tower Inn, Blacksmith; Removed: The Pass & Provisions, Ambrosia

January: Added: Eatsie Boys Cafe, MF Sushi, Corner Table, Brooklyn Athletic Club, Pizza L'Vino, Fat Bao; Removed: Nosh Bistro, Monarch, Witchcraft, Alma, Cuchara and Lucille's

December: Added: Biryani Pot, Ambrosia, Witchcraft Tavern and Provision Co.; Removed: Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, Bellissimo and Cottonwood

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Coppa Osteria

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5210 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005
Grant Cooper and Charles Clark just added this casual version of Coppa Ristorante to their Clark Cooper Concepts portfolio. Coppa Osteria's not just a pretty face; the food here is good. Get the arancini as a starter or grab a pizza from the exterior's walk-up, grab-and-go window. Coppa Osteria [Gary Wise/Flickr]

2. Morton's Grille

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25 Waterway Ave
The Woodlands, TX 77380
The Woodlands is home to this casual offshoot of high-end steakhouse Morton's. Morton's Grille is intended to be the Landry group's everyday establishment that serves upscale comfort food to an after-work crowd. Try the tuna poke and some of the signature cocktails.

3. Peru Cafe Express

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3833 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 622-7012
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This recently opened Peruvian place offers fast, authentic bites including lomo saltado and ceviche in a casual atmosphere. Don't leave without an order of yuca frita.

4. The Dosa Factory

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5959 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77057
It just recently opened, but this spot has a number of soft opening previews under its belt. They offer the Indian version of crêpes (fermented) in both sweet and savory iterations.

5. Jollibee

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8001 Main St Ste 100
Houston, TX 77025
This newly opened spot saw long lines and long waits on opening day. It's the first Houston location of the Filipino chain, and it has attracted the attention of those seeking a nostalgia-inducing fix of its signature spaghetti, and those curious to see what all the hype is about.

6. La Balance

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20680 Westheimer Parkway
Katy, TX 77450
(281) 206-7974
This might be Katy's best independently owned restaurant, and one that could easily contend with any Inner Loop spot. Owner and chef Jose Hernandez has a long track record of having worked with the best in the country. Don't miss the salmon with porcini mushrooms and the creamy cauliflower soup.

7. Fellini Caffè

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5211 Kelvin Dr
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 376-3040
This newly opened Rice Village shop is primarily an espresso shop with great cannoli to boot. But they also serve light, fresh salads and panini; it's a good place to go for a smaller dinner.

8. City Oven

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2808 White Oak Drive
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 868-3400
This pizza and beer joint opened at the space that formerly housed D'Amico's in the Heights. They serve wood-fired brick oven pizza, giant meatballs and a wide variety of beer for everyone from the craft beer loyalists to the Bud Light lovers.

9. Osteria Mazzantini

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2200 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
Owner John Sheely is a veteran in the local food scene thanks to the success of his restaurant Mockingbird Bistro. So far this new spot, which pays homage to his Italian heritage, has been receiving rave reviews.

10. Radical Eats

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507 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006
Radical Eats has been serving food for a while now, but they have found a new home in Montrose. That's where they recently debuted an omnivore-friendly menu. The brunch, lunch and dinner menus all feature dishes with meat, a major change from the original's vegetarian-only policy.

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1. Coppa Osteria

5210 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005
Grant Cooper and Charles Clark just added this casual version of Coppa Ristorante to their Clark Cooper Concepts portfolio. Coppa Osteria's not just a pretty face; the food here is good. Get the arancini as a starter or grab a pizza from the exterior's walk-up, grab-and-go window. Coppa Osteria [Gary Wise/Flickr]
5210 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005

2. Morton's Grille

25 Waterway Ave, The Woodlands, TX 77380
The Woodlands is home to this casual offshoot of high-end steakhouse Morton's. Morton's Grille is intended to be the Landry group's everyday establishment that serves upscale comfort food to an after-work crowd. Try the tuna poke and some of the signature cocktails.
25 Waterway Ave
The Woodlands, TX 77380

3. Peru Cafe Express

3833 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027
This recently opened Peruvian place offers fast, authentic bites including lomo saltado and ceviche in a casual atmosphere. Don't leave without an order of yuca frita.
3833 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77027

4. The Dosa Factory

5959 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX 77057
It just recently opened, but this spot has a number of soft opening previews under its belt. They offer the Indian version of crêpes (fermented) in both sweet and savory iterations.
5959 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77057

5. Jollibee

8001 Main St Ste 100, Houston, TX 77025
This newly opened spot saw long lines and long waits on opening day. It's the first Houston location of the Filipino chain, and it has attracted the attention of those seeking a nostalgia-inducing fix of its signature spaghetti, and those curious to see what all the hype is about.
8001 Main St Ste 100
Houston, TX 77025

6. La Balance

20680 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, TX 77450
This might be Katy's best independently owned restaurant, and one that could easily contend with any Inner Loop spot. Owner and chef Jose Hernandez has a long track record of having worked with the best in the country. Don't miss the salmon with porcini mushrooms and the creamy cauliflower soup.
20680 Westheimer Parkway
Katy, TX 77450

7. Fellini Caffè

5211 Kelvin Dr, Houston, TX 77005
This newly opened Rice Village shop is primarily an espresso shop with great cannoli to boot. But they also serve light, fresh salads and panini; it's a good place to go for a smaller dinner.
5211 Kelvin Dr
Houston, TX 77005

8. City Oven

2808 White Oak Drive, Houston, TX 77007
This pizza and beer joint opened at the space that formerly housed D'Amico's in the Heights. They serve wood-fired brick oven pizza, giant meatballs and a wide variety of beer for everyone from the craft beer loyalists to the Bud Light lovers.
2808 White Oak Drive
Houston, TX 77007

9. Osteria Mazzantini

2200 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
Owner John Sheely is a veteran in the local food scene thanks to the success of his restaurant Mockingbird Bistro. So far this new spot, which pays homage to his Italian heritage, has been receiving rave reviews.
2200 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

10. Radical Eats

507 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006
Radical Eats has been serving food for a while now, but they have found a new home in Montrose. That's where they recently debuted an omnivore-friendly menu. The brunch, lunch and dinner menus all feature dishes with meat, a major change from the original's vegetarian-only policy.
507 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006

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