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Dallas' dining scene is back in the national spotlight today, with Eater publishing its Dallas "heat map," described as "a chronicle of the city's restaurants of the moment."

Two-thirds of the restaurants were chosen by, um, me, in response to an e-mail soliciting names of the town's most-discussed eateries. "Not the best, but the most buzzed about," map author Gabriel Ulla clarified. He supplemented my nominees with a few of his own.

What do you think? Have Gabe and I been listening? Or did we miss out on a few buzzed-about (not best, mind you) restaurants?

One quick caveat: I sneaked in Lockhart Smokehouse, because it's on the cusp of opening and because it has the potential to be a game-changer in an important category of local cuisine. But I otherwise stuck to restaurants where visitors might feasibly score a seat right now -- or, in the case of the perpetually overbooked Lucia, sometime in the foreseeable future. No fair naming Marquee, Private Social, Cedars Social, the Dallas branch of Brownstone or any other restaurant without a liquor license and an opening date.

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