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A Taste Of Detroit Summer In February

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This has officially been a horrible winter, and it's warming up this week only to sink to supposedly Polar Vortex levels of cold again next week. Will spring and summer ever arrive? The answer is yes, but they're a long ways away. Therefore, the newest Eater Detroit Mini Map is summer themed, featuring some of the most warm-weather foods, drinks, activities, and views in the city.

A mini map is a hyper-focused map that's meant to give just a taste of a category or neighborhood, not the whole picture. This one includes five of the most summery culinary experiences in the city, within reason of course. We left off one of your favorites, guaranteed, but that's okay. Let us know what we missed in the comments and this could become a full fledged map in the future.

Have an idea for a mini map? Let us know! Maybe it's best cheap restaurants in the city, Downtown's greatest coffee, can't miss restaurants in Corktown, or the biggest margaritas in Mexican Town. Don't be shy, make a suggestion!


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Melt

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4160 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
Summertime is frozen dessert time, but why wait until June to try Melt's assortment of gelato flavors? They change regularly, and they serve warm beverages too so go ahead and have both.[Photo]

2. Food Trucks At Eastern Market

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2934 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 833-9300
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Eastern Market is busiest in the warmer months, but the market condenses, moves inside, and keeps going all winter. The food trucks gather inside of Shed 5 (which is heated) so have a pseudo-food truck picnic with El Guapo, Beignets 2 Go, and The Mac Shack. [Photo]

3. Vicente's Cuban Cuisine

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1250 Library St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-8800
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Warm up with some Salsa dancing and drink something summery like a Mojito or Sangria, or even better, a Caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil.[Photo]

4. Joe Muer Seafood

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400 Renaissance Ctr
Detroit, MI 48243
(313) 567-6837
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The RiverWalk is one of the best parts of Detroit summer, and seafood brings to mind warm beaches and waves. Splurging on a dinner at Joe Muer overlooking the water is a perfect winter way to combine those two elements. [Photo]

5. Slows Bar-B-Q

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2138 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-9828
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Backyard barbecue on a hot summer night is the best, especially with cornbread and lemonade to wash it all down. The backyard part is less than advisable considering all of the snow, but the delicious food is within reach at Slows. [Photo]

1. Melt

4160 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Summertime is frozen dessert time, but why wait until June to try Melt's assortment of gelato flavors? They change regularly, and they serve warm beverages too so go ahead and have both.[Photo]
4160 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

2. Food Trucks At Eastern Market

2934 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207
Eastern Market is busiest in the warmer months, but the market condenses, moves inside, and keeps going all winter. The food trucks gather inside of Shed 5 (which is heated) so have a pseudo-food truck picnic with El Guapo, Beignets 2 Go, and The Mac Shack. [Photo]
2934 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

3. Vicente's Cuban Cuisine

1250 Library St, Detroit, MI 48226
Warm up with some Salsa dancing and drink something summery like a Mojito or Sangria, or even better, a Caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil.[Photo]
1250 Library St
Detroit, MI 48226

4. Joe Muer Seafood

400 Renaissance Ctr, Detroit, MI 48243
The RiverWalk is one of the best parts of Detroit summer, and seafood brings to mind warm beaches and waves. Splurging on a dinner at Joe Muer overlooking the water is a perfect winter way to combine those two elements. [Photo]
400 Renaissance Ctr
Detroit, MI 48243

5. Slows Bar-B-Q

2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Backyard barbecue on a hot summer night is the best, especially with cornbread and lemonade to wash it all down. The backyard part is less than advisable considering all of the snow, but the delicious food is within reach at Slows. [Photo]
2138 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

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