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November Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Winter is just around the corner, but there is plenty of heat in the Detroit and Metro Detroit dining scene.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 November's map is full of newbies and some old standbys with new tricks.

November's map features Detroit's newest darling, La Feria was a clear choice for the list, but Detroit's pickings were overall slim compared to October as many anticipated restaurants (think Mo Better Blues and Rubbed) are still waiting to open. Fortunately the 'burbs stepped it up as Birmingham offered up the brand new Market North End and Ferndale's standbys took advantage of the lull to elbow their way onto the list or at least hang on to their spot.

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. The Stand Gastro Bistro

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34977 Woodward Avenue
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 220-4237
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The Stand's chef, Paul Grosz, is getting rave reviews and restaurant of the year rumors are circulating around the Birmingham restaurnant which features seasonal and local carnivore, vegetarian, and even vegan fare. [Photo]

2. Market North End

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474 N Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009
The newest Birmingham hot spot just opened two weeks ago, but the owners are veterans with strong ties (both professional and familial) to Salvatore Scallopini and Luxe. Their "inventive" American food had Molly Abraham offering a solid 3 of 4 stars already. Not bad for such a new spot. [Photo]

3. Public House

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241 West 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 850-7420
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People still won't stop talking about Ferndale's newest classic with an edge restaurant and bar serving up new takes on comfort food and lots and lots of booze, including grown-up milkshakes. [Photo]

4. Imperial

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22828 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 850-8060
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Imperial and their Mexican cuisine is back on the hot list after their recent Dia de los Muertos party and auction proved that sister restaurant Public House hasn't stolen all of their thunder. [Photo]

5. Torino

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201 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 247-1370
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With recent rave reviews from both Hour Detroit and the Detroit Free Press, it's clear that Torino's tasting menu continues to earn this Ferndale restaurant a spot on the list of hottest places to eat right now. The Restaurant Of The Year rumors sure aren't hurting either.[Photo]

6. Rock City Eatery

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11411 Joseph Campau Avenue
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(248) 633-3072
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This Hamtramck joint has added a lunch menu, they're talking about brunch, and throwing lots of special events. They've definitely upped their game, and diners love them for far than just their awesome pies. Diners appreciate the low-key vibe and creative comfort food, served with a lot of soul and no pretension. [Photo]

7. (revolver)

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9737 Joseph Campau Avenue
Hamtramck, MI 48212
Hamtramck's Revolver is keeping it fresh with different chefs each weekend, and the space seems to encourage inventive and thoughtful cuisine. The concept restaurant features communal tables, local ingredients, and a rotating cast of chefs who never serve the same meal twice. This reservation only spot is currently open on Friday and Saturday nights with limited seating, and dinners sell out fast. [Photo]

8. La Feria Spanish Tapas

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4130 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
The brand spanking new Spanish Tapasnrestaurant La Feria in Midtown was long anticipated and has been warmly welcomed by locals and metro-Detroiters alike. With a positive Sylvia Rector review already on their side things can only get better. [Photo]

9. Marais

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17051 Kercheval Street
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
David and Monica Gilbert's Franco-American baby might be pricey, and it might even be pretentious, but people love the food and wine and the prix-fixe menu all the same, and critics and yelpers alike can't say enough! [Photo]

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1. The Stand Gastro Bistro

34977 Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, MI 48009
The Stand's chef, Paul Grosz, is getting rave reviews and restaurant of the year rumors are circulating around the Birmingham restaurnant which features seasonal and local carnivore, vegetarian, and even vegan fare. [Photo]
34977 Woodward Avenue
Birmingham, MI 48009

2. Market North End

474 N Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
The newest Birmingham hot spot just opened two weeks ago, but the owners are veterans with strong ties (both professional and familial) to Salvatore Scallopini and Luxe. Their "inventive" American food had Molly Abraham offering a solid 3 of 4 stars already. Not bad for such a new spot. [Photo]
474 N Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009

3. Public House

241 West 9 Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220
People still won't stop talking about Ferndale's newest classic with an edge restaurant and bar serving up new takes on comfort food and lots and lots of booze, including grown-up milkshakes. [Photo]
241 West 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220

4. Imperial

22828 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220
Imperial and their Mexican cuisine is back on the hot list after their recent Dia de los Muertos party and auction proved that sister restaurant Public House hasn't stolen all of their thunder. [Photo]
22828 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI 48220

5. Torino

201 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220
With recent rave reviews from both Hour Detroit and the Detroit Free Press, it's clear that Torino's tasting menu continues to earn this Ferndale restaurant a spot on the list of hottest places to eat right now. The Restaurant Of The Year rumors sure aren't hurting either.[Photo]
201 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

6. Rock City Eatery

11411 Joseph Campau Avenue, Hamtramck, MI 48212
This Hamtramck joint has added a lunch menu, they're talking about brunch, and throwing lots of special events. They've definitely upped their game, and diners love them for far than just their awesome pies. Diners appreciate the low-key vibe and creative comfort food, served with a lot of soul and no pretension. [Photo]
11411 Joseph Campau Avenue
Hamtramck, MI 48212

7. (revolver)

9737 Joseph Campau Avenue, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Hamtramck's Revolver is keeping it fresh with different chefs each weekend, and the space seems to encourage inventive and thoughtful cuisine. The concept restaurant features communal tables, local ingredients, and a rotating cast of chefs who never serve the same meal twice. This reservation only spot is currently open on Friday and Saturday nights with limited seating, and dinners sell out fast. [Photo]
9737 Joseph Campau Avenue
Hamtramck, MI 48212

8. La Feria Spanish Tapas

4130 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
The brand spanking new Spanish Tapasnrestaurant La Feria in Midtown was long anticipated and has been warmly welcomed by locals and metro-Detroiters alike. With a positive Sylvia Rector review already on their side things can only get better. [Photo]
4130 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

9. Marais

17051 Kercheval Street, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
David and Monica Gilbert's Franco-American baby might be pricey, and it might even be pretentious, but people love the food and wine and the prix-fixe menu all the same, and critics and yelpers alike can't say enough! [Photo]
17051 Kercheval Street
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

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