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May Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Flowers are blooming, so 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 May map is once again heavy on the classic places this month, as new stories and renewed interest have made them buzzy.

The May map features among others, the highly underrated Jefferson House, the newly renovated Urban Soul, the new iteration of Southern Fires, and Rock City Eatery, who is bringing brunch to Hamtramck in a big way.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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]

2. Forest Grill

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735 Forest Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 258-9400
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With a new focus on dinner, Forest Grill is also secretly hosting lunches, with diners happily making reservations (4 tables a day) and putting themselves completely in chef Nick Janutol's capable hands. [Photo]

3. Rock City Eatery

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11411 Joseph Campau St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(248) 633-3072
Chef/Owner Nikita Santches is starting to shake things up in Hamtramck once again, this time by adding Sunday brunch, starting on May 11th, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. each week. [Photo]

4. The Painted Lady

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2930 Jacob St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 874-2991
A dive bar and definitely not a restaurant, bartender Timmy has still become infamous for his street-style tacos, served only on Wednesdays until they run out. [Photo]

5. The Zenith

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3011 West Grand Boulevard, New Center Place Shopping Center
Detroit, MI 48202
After a successful opening, The Zenith is bringing new life and some energy back into the Fisher Building with their fusion cuisine and bright art-filled interior. [Photo]

6. Urban Soul

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1535 East Lafayette Street
Detroit, MI 48207
While Southern Fires, the beloved soul food restaurant, appears to be closed for good, the family has opened a new spot with the same adored food, and they're ready for business in Lafayette Park. [Photo]

7. The Jefferson House

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2 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 965-0200
With a spot on Eater's most underrated list, and a similar mention in Hour Detroit, chef Justin Vaiciunas's cuisine is starting to get some of the press diners insist he very much deserves. [Photo]

8. Pupusería y Restaurante Salvadoreño

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3149 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 899-4020
With a recent Molly Abraham review in print, it seems that Salvadorian cuisine, and this very much loved restaurant in particular, are getting a chance to shine even more. [Photo]

9. 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 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

2. Forest Grill

735 Forest Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
With a new focus on dinner, Forest Grill is also secretly hosting lunches, with diners happily making reservations (4 tables a day) and putting themselves completely in chef Nick Janutol's capable hands. [Photo]
735 Forest Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009

3. Rock City Eatery

11411 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Chef/Owner Nikita Santches is starting to shake things up in Hamtramck once again, this time by adding Sunday brunch, starting on May 11th, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. each week. [Photo]
11411 Joseph Campau St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

4. The Painted Lady

2930 Jacob St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
A dive bar and definitely not a restaurant, bartender Timmy has still become infamous for his street-style tacos, served only on Wednesdays until they run out. [Photo]
2930 Jacob St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

5. The Zenith

3011 West Grand Boulevard, New Center Place Shopping Center, Detroit, MI 48202
After a successful opening, The Zenith is bringing new life and some energy back into the Fisher Building with their fusion cuisine and bright art-filled interior. [Photo]
3011 West Grand Boulevard, New Center Place Shopping Center
Detroit, MI 48202

6. Urban Soul

1535 East Lafayette Street, Detroit, MI 48207
While Southern Fires, the beloved soul food restaurant, appears to be closed for good, the family has opened a new spot with the same adored food, and they're ready for business in Lafayette Park. [Photo]
1535 East Lafayette Street
Detroit, MI 48207

7. The Jefferson House

2 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
With a spot on Eater's most underrated list, and a similar mention in Hour Detroit, chef Justin Vaiciunas's cuisine is starting to get some of the press diners insist he very much deserves. [Photo]
2 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

8. Pupusería y Restaurante Salvadoreño

3149 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48210
With a recent Molly Abraham review in print, it seems that Salvadorian cuisine, and this very much loved restaurant in particular, are getting a chance to shine even more. [Photo]
3149 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48210

9. 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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