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April Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Baseball, sunshine, and an uptick in events suggests that spring might grace Detroit with its presence this year after all, which means it's time for a brand new Eater Detroit Heatmap. Restaurants are celebrating with openings, renovations, and new interest as people emerge from hibernation and ask "what's for dinner?". Unlike that more stable of standbys, the Eater 38, the Heatmap aims to be more current as it catches wind of the newest, most popular places to eat and drink each month. The April map is heavy on the classic places this month, as new stories and renewed interest have made them buzzy once again.

The April map features among other Red Hot's Coney Island in Highland Park, the newly renovated Park Grill in Grosse Pointe, and Buddy's Pizza, hot off the heels of Pizza Week.

Had a less-than happy experience at one of these places? Been somewhere else that feels worthy of high praise and popular approval? Drop us a note on our tipline or leave your thoughts below.



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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Stand Gastro Bistro

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34977 Woodward Ave.
Birmingham, MI 48009
The third Young Guns Dinner takes place at The Stand this month, and it supposedly sold out completely in less than half an hour. This is only the beginning though, as they're working on a solid event line up to keep themselves in the news. [Photo]

2. The Bird & The Bread

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210 S Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009
This new Birmingham restaurant just opened, but the comforting European-influenced food and carefully curated children's menu are already drawing local attention. [Photo]

3. Falling Down Beer Company

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2270 E 10 Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48091
(586) 799-2739
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The brewery just turned one, and they're celebrating by beginning distribution ahead of schedule. They're still serving great beer and simple but tasty food at the bar all week though, and that's what customers are really there for anyways. [Photo]

4. Buddy's Pizza

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17125 Conant St
Detroit, MI 48212
(313) 892-9001
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Pizza week might be over, but the overwhelming love and support for the original Detroit Deep Dish pizza has carried over into April. [Photo]

5. Victor Red Hot's Coney Island

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12 Victor St
Highland Park, MI 48203
(313) 868-0766
With a spot on the news and a great write up in Hell Yeah Detroit, this little coney is in the spotlight for their homemade chili and a community atmosphere that Detroiters seem to love. [Photo]

6. Park Grill Mediterranean

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15102 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
(313) 264-1997
They just expanded and revamped the entire interior, making well-received menu changes to boot. With lots of good press Park Grill is one of GP's most buzzed-about spring spots. [Photo]

7. The Old Shillelagh

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349 Monroe St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 964-0007
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The luck of the Irish must have helped The Old Shillelagh win the title of "Best Opening Day Party" according to Eater Detroit readers, and they're sure to stay busy all season. [Photo]

8. El Asador Mexican Steakhouse

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1312 Springwell
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 297-2360
The Eater Detroit inbox has been blowing up with readers asking about this spot, which is a new take on the usual Mexicantown classics, adding inventive yet traditional cuisine that everyone is talking about. [Photo]

1. The Stand Gastro Bistro

34977 Woodward Ave., Birmingham, MI 48009
The third Young Guns Dinner takes place at The Stand this month, and it supposedly sold out completely in less than half an hour. This is only the beginning though, as they're working on a solid event line up to keep themselves in the news. [Photo]
34977 Woodward Ave.
Birmingham, MI 48009

2. The Bird & The Bread

210 S Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
This new Birmingham restaurant just opened, but the comforting European-influenced food and carefully curated children's menu are already drawing local attention. [Photo]
210 S Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009

3. Falling Down Beer Company

2270 E 10 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48091
The brewery just turned one, and they're celebrating by beginning distribution ahead of schedule. They're still serving great beer and simple but tasty food at the bar all week though, and that's what customers are really there for anyways. [Photo]
2270 E 10 Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48091

4. Buddy's Pizza

17125 Conant St, Detroit, MI 48212
Pizza week might be over, but the overwhelming love and support for the original Detroit Deep Dish pizza has carried over into April. [Photo]
17125 Conant St
Detroit, MI 48212

5. Victor Red Hot's Coney Island

12 Victor St, Highland Park, MI 48203
With a spot on the news and a great write up in Hell Yeah Detroit, this little coney is in the spotlight for their homemade chili and a community atmosphere that Detroiters seem to love. [Photo]
12 Victor St
Highland Park, MI 48203

6. Park Grill Mediterranean

15102 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
They just expanded and revamped the entire interior, making well-received menu changes to boot. With lots of good press Park Grill is one of GP's most buzzed-about spring spots. [Photo]
15102 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

7. The Old Shillelagh

349 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226
The luck of the Irish must have helped The Old Shillelagh win the title of "Best Opening Day Party" according to Eater Detroit readers, and they're sure to stay busy all season. [Photo]
349 Monroe St
Detroit, MI 48226

8. El Asador Mexican Steakhouse

1312 Springwell, Detroit, MI 48209
The Eater Detroit inbox has been blowing up with readers asking about this spot, which is a new take on the usual Mexicantown classics, adding inventive yet traditional cuisine that everyone is talking about. [Photo]
1312 Springwell
Detroit, MI 48209

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