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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.

The Stand Gastro Bistro

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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]

The Bird & The Bread

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

Falling Down Beer Company

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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]

Buddy's Pizza

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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]

Victor Red Hot's Coney Island

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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]

Park Grill Mediterranean

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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]

The Old Shillelagh

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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]

El Asador Mexican Steakhouse

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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]

The Stand Gastro Bistro

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]

The Bird & The Bread

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

Falling Down Beer Company

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]

Buddy's Pizza

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

Victor Red Hot's Coney Island

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]

Park Grill Mediterranean

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]

The Old Shillelagh

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]

El Asador Mexican Steakhouse

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]

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