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March Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Spring is nowhere in site, but restaurant news and openings are just starting to pick up, which is where the Heatmap gets its restaurants. 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 February map has both some new just open places, and some older restaurants back in the spotlight because of great Detroit holidays like Paczki Day and St. Patrick's Day.

The March map features The Bird & The Bread a brand new Birmingham restaurant, El Asador Steak House in Southwest, and Marais in Grosse Pointe and Torino in Ferndale because of their recent "Restaurant of the Year" wins. Classics like Polish Village Cafe and The Old Shillelagh are taking advantage of holidays to bring in old and new customers alike.

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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
As the site of the third Young Guns Dinner next month, The Stand is upping their local visibility and engaging the community in a whole new way. [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. Torino

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201 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 247-1370
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After earning the title of Detroit Free Press Restaurant Of The Year, Torino is squarely back on the list of buzziest restaurants in Metro Detroit. Better make those reservations in advance. [Photo]

4. Polonia Restaurant

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2934 Yemans St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 873-8432
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Fat Tuesday ushered in a huge crowd of folks eager to wash down their paczki with beer and pierogi, and now that everyone has remembered how good Polish food is, the buzz is likely going to continue for a bit. [Photo]

5. Polish Village Cafe

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2990 Yemans St.
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 874-5726
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It's either Polish Village or Polonia, each camp has a loyal following that's all stirred up after the Fat Tuesday shenanigans, so expect a steadier stream of hungry Hamtramck visitors eager to warm up with some dill pickle soup (don't knock it til you try it). [Photo]

6. Marais

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17051 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
(313) 343-8800
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They're steadily drawing people to the Pointes, and with their new Brunch Menu a whole new market is discovering Marais' special brand of French-inspired cuisine and fine dining. [Photo]

7. The Old Shillelagh

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349 Monroe St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 964-0007
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St. Patty's Day is just around the corner, so expect higher traffic at "Irish" places as green beer flows and partying commences. [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
As the site of the third Young Guns Dinner next month, The Stand is upping their local visibility and engaging the community in a whole new way. [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. Torino

201 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220
After earning the title of Detroit Free Press Restaurant Of The Year, Torino is squarely back on the list of buzziest restaurants in Metro Detroit. Better make those reservations in advance. [Photo]
201 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

4. Polonia Restaurant

2934 Yemans St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Fat Tuesday ushered in a huge crowd of folks eager to wash down their paczki with beer and pierogi, and now that everyone has remembered how good Polish food is, the buzz is likely going to continue for a bit. [Photo]
2934 Yemans St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

5. Polish Village Cafe

2990 Yemans St., Hamtramck, MI 48212
It's either Polish Village or Polonia, each camp has a loyal following that's all stirred up after the Fat Tuesday shenanigans, so expect a steadier stream of hungry Hamtramck visitors eager to warm up with some dill pickle soup (don't knock it til you try it). [Photo]
2990 Yemans St.
Hamtramck, MI 48212

6. Marais

17051 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
They're steadily drawing people to the Pointes, and with their new Brunch Menu a whole new market is discovering Marais' special brand of French-inspired cuisine and fine dining. [Photo]
17051 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

7. The Old Shillelagh

349 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226
St. Patty's Day is just around the corner, so expect higher traffic at "Irish" places as green beer flows and partying commences. [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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