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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.

The Stand Gastro Bistro

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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]

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]
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]

Polonia Restaurant

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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]

Polish Village Cafe

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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]
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]

The Old Shillelagh

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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]

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

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]

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]

Torino

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]

Polonia Restaurant

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]

Polish Village Cafe

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]

Marais

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]

The Old Shillelagh

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