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January Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Happy 2014 Everyone! It's a new year, and there are a few new places opening up just in time for the January Heatmap. 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, and the January map has both some new just open (or just opening) places, and some older restaurants with a new spring in their step.

The January map has the brand new West Village Craftwork, and the soon-to-open (preview is this weekend!) Alley Taco in Marcus Market. Hamtramck's Revolver and Rock City Eatery stepped up with more good press to reclaim spots on the list, and the duo Good Girls Go To Paris and Rodin are appearing one last time in their current states as in just two weeks one is going and the other is moving.

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. We know you will.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Market North End

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474 N Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009
It's been making lists of best new restaurants of 2013, and reviewers keep raving about the interesting menu-a departure from the usual Birmingham steakhouse routine. [Photo]

2. Rock City Eatery

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11411 Joseph Campau Avenue
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(248) 633-3072
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Like the little engine that could, Rock City keeps changing it up and raking in great reviews from both critics and normal folk alike. The low prices, and ever changing menu (they just totally revamped it again) keep customers coming back again and again. [Photo]

3. (revolver)

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(313) 757-3093
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With a fancy new article in Hour Detroit and a growing reputation for dinner-party like dining in a relaxed setting with increasingly stellar chefs, Revolver is back on the list this month in a big way. [Photo]

4. CRAFTWORK

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8047 Agnes
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 447-5418
It was long awaited, but Craftwork is finally open in West Village. Early signs are good, as the food is supposed to be fantastic according to early Yelp reviews. [Photo]

5. Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes

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15 E Kirby St
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 664-0490
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The buzz around Good Girls centers on the fact that in just a few weeks they are moving from their current location to the corner, taking over Rodin's old spot and adding a liquor license. This is the last chance to eat in the old location, which begs the question, will the movie posters be moving too? Let's hope so. [Photo]

6. Rodin

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15 E Kirby St
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 285-9218
It's only a year old, but Rodin is out and Good Girls is in. Rodin's doors are closing in just two weeks or so, and while Chef Kate Williams is long gone, there's still a little time to pay your respects. [Photo]

7. Alley Taco (in Marcus Market)

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4614 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-1191
Technically they're not officially open yet, but with pop-ups at Great Lakes Coffee every Tuesday and a preview party this Saturday (along with regular hours to come this month) the buzz is there and the customers are already loyal.[Photo]

8. La Feria Spanish Tapas

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4130 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
It's just so good, and people love it so much, that La Feria has yet again made the list. It's a little piece of Europe in Midtown, and the sangria is plentiful, so why not? [Photo]

9. Detroit Institute of Bagels

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1236 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 444-9342
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It's been anticipated for ages, and the new DIB is doing well, already becoming a vital part of the city. Freshly made bagels, plain, with homemade spreads, or as sandwiches, have the hipsters and everyone else happily lining up and sitting down in the bright interior. [Photo]

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1. Market North End

474 N Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
It's been making lists of best new restaurants of 2013, and reviewers keep raving about the interesting menu-a departure from the usual Birmingham steakhouse routine. [Photo]
474 N Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009

2. Rock City Eatery

11411 Joseph Campau Avenue, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Like the little engine that could, Rock City keeps changing it up and raking in great reviews from both critics and normal folk alike. The low prices, and ever changing menu (they just totally revamped it again) keep customers coming back again and again. [Photo]
11411 Joseph Campau Avenue
Hamtramck, MI 48212

3. (revolver)

Hamtramck, MI
With a fancy new article in Hour Detroit and a growing reputation for dinner-party like dining in a relaxed setting with increasingly stellar chefs, Revolver is back on the list this month in a big way. [Photo]

4. CRAFTWORK

8047 Agnes, Detroit, MI 48214
It was long awaited, but Craftwork is finally open in West Village. Early signs are good, as the food is supposed to be fantastic according to early Yelp reviews. [Photo]
8047 Agnes
Detroit, MI 48214

5. Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes

15 E Kirby St, Detroit, MI 48202
The buzz around Good Girls centers on the fact that in just a few weeks they are moving from their current location to the corner, taking over Rodin's old spot and adding a liquor license. This is the last chance to eat in the old location, which begs the question, will the movie posters be moving too? Let's hope so. [Photo]
15 E Kirby St
Detroit, MI 48202

6. Rodin

15 E Kirby St, Detroit, MI 48202
It's only a year old, but Rodin is out and Good Girls is in. Rodin's doors are closing in just two weeks or so, and while Chef Kate Williams is long gone, there's still a little time to pay your respects. [Photo]
15 E Kirby St
Detroit, MI 48202

7. Alley Taco (in Marcus Market)

4614 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Technically they're not officially open yet, but with pop-ups at Great Lakes Coffee every Tuesday and a preview party this Saturday (along with regular hours to come this month) the buzz is there and the customers are already loyal.[Photo]
4614 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

8. La Feria Spanish Tapas

4130 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
It's just so good, and people love it so much, that La Feria has yet again made the list. It's a little piece of Europe in Midtown, and the sangria is plentiful, so why not? [Photo]
4130 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

9. Detroit Institute of Bagels

1236 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
It's been anticipated for ages, and the new DIB is doing well, already becoming a vital part of the city. Freshly made bagels, plain, with homemade spreads, or as sandwiches, have the hipsters and everyone else happily lining up and sitting down in the bright interior. [Photo]
1236 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

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