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The Detroit Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Of all the things that Eater Detroit can provide, the monthly Heatmap is one of the more exciting elements. This compendium of where to eat right now mixes the hottest new restaurants with some tried but true favorites to give a fairly buzzy picture of the city's food scene at this very moment. Every quarter, we can give you the old faithful 38, but the heatmap is newer, more urgent and — dare we say it — hipper than that old so-and-so.

Check out the very first Eater Detroit Heat Map, and let us know what you think. And get eating, already!


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Rodin

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15 E Kirby St
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 285-9218
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This secretive little French bistro made our last map, but their brand-new-and-improved lunch service menu and continued good word of mouth are more than enough to keep this small plates palace punching above its weight. [Photo]

2. Bronx Bar

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4476 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-8464
The Wayne State University hangout might be regularly crawling with hipsters and their beery brethren, but it's also full of fantastic burgers, fries and other divey desires. There's a reason Midtown locals of all stripes know to order a burger at the corner of Second and Prentis. [Photo]

3. Motor City Brewing Works Inc

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470 W Canfield St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-2700
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The Midtown brewery may be one of many local beer makers getting national attention for their craft brews, but their food is worth a gander as well. The Detroit News' Molly Abraham called the space both "industrial" and "nontraditional" in a review last month but raved about their vegetarian chili and creative pizza choices, including roasted pear and fig, artichoke heart and other doughy surprises. [Photo ]

4. Slows To Go

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4107 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(877) 569-7246
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Don't feel like standing in line for untold hours to score a seat at Phil Cooley's popular Corktown eatery? Just don't, then — his Midtown take-out outpost features all the best bits of the original Slow's Bar BQ, and the takeout format is perfect for a summer evening in a backyard or a park, or even for supplies while waiting in the never-ending Corktown queue. [Photo]

5. Great Lakes Coffee

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3965 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 831-9627
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Midtown's "Institute For Advanced Drinking" has just turned one, which is a perfect time to put down the coffee and check out some of their edible options. Creative cheese plates, one killer banh mi and a rotating cast of seasonable soups makes for a perfect accompaniment for a caffeinated concoction. And if beer or wine is on the brain, the lengthy and alcohol list offers some surprising choices. [Photo]

6. Supino Pizzeria

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2457 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 567-7879
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Supino's is the kind of place that can throw out a curveball: sometimes weekday waits for a delicious margherita pizza are more than hour, and sometimes they're only 10 minutes. The Eastern Market staple is set to expand this year, so don't miss out on the original Supino's experience while it lasts. [Photo]

7. St. CeCe's Pub

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1426 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-2121
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The regular fare at this Corktown gastropub is all well and good and worth several visits. But what really makes this more than year-old place groove are its weekly chef outreach programs on Tuesdays. Every Tuesday, the St. CeCe's kitchen becomes someone else's domain, as do the evening's receipts. It's an ingenious way to give a would-be chef a kick of confidence, and it's often fantastic. [Photo]

8. Le Petit Zinc

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1055 Trumbull St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 963-2805
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Swift service is often merely a suggestion at this casually chic Corktown creperie, but the food is far from it. Innovative takes on French cuisine join superb coffee and desserts in a heady swirl of taste and temperament. Now that summer's finally here, the outdoor garden is a perfect place to order a bowl of ratatouille and sop up your worries with some of Le Petit Zinc's baguettes. [Photo]

9. Green Dot Stables

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2200 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 965-1523
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Green Dot Stables is the kind of restaurant that people talk about. And then talk about. And then talk about again. The West Side Industrial hangout has made it on our last two Heat maps, but surveys show that the sizable menu of sliders available at these stables — Bacon-Cucumber-Roasted Tomato, Gyro, and even Mystery Meat — should keep it in the top ranks of eateries for months to come. [Photo]

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1. Rodin

15 E Kirby St, Detroit, MI 48202
This secretive little French bistro made our last map, but their brand-new-and-improved lunch service menu and continued good word of mouth are more than enough to keep this small plates palace punching above its weight. [Photo]
15 E Kirby St
Detroit, MI 48202

2. Bronx Bar

4476 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
The Wayne State University hangout might be regularly crawling with hipsters and their beery brethren, but it's also full of fantastic burgers, fries and other divey desires. There's a reason Midtown locals of all stripes know to order a burger at the corner of Second and Prentis. [Photo]
4476 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

3. Motor City Brewing Works Inc

470 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201
The Midtown brewery may be one of many local beer makers getting national attention for their craft brews, but their food is worth a gander as well. The Detroit News' Molly Abraham called the space both "industrial" and "nontraditional" in a review last month but raved about their vegetarian chili and creative pizza choices, including roasted pear and fig, artichoke heart and other doughy surprises. [Photo ]
470 W Canfield St
Detroit, MI 48201

4. Slows To Go

4107 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Don't feel like standing in line for untold hours to score a seat at Phil Cooley's popular Corktown eatery? Just don't, then — his Midtown take-out outpost features all the best bits of the original Slow's Bar BQ, and the takeout format is perfect for a summer evening in a backyard or a park, or even for supplies while waiting in the never-ending Corktown queue. [Photo]
4107 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

5. Great Lakes Coffee

3965 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Midtown's "Institute For Advanced Drinking" has just turned one, which is a perfect time to put down the coffee and check out some of their edible options. Creative cheese plates, one killer banh mi and a rotating cast of seasonable soups makes for a perfect accompaniment for a caffeinated concoction. And if beer or wine is on the brain, the lengthy and alcohol list offers some surprising choices. [Photo]
3965 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

6. Supino Pizzeria

2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207
Supino's is the kind of place that can throw out a curveball: sometimes weekday waits for a delicious margherita pizza are more than hour, and sometimes they're only 10 minutes. The Eastern Market staple is set to expand this year, so don't miss out on the original Supino's experience while it lasts. [Photo]
2457 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

7. St. CeCe's Pub

1426 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216
The regular fare at this Corktown gastropub is all well and good and worth several visits. But what really makes this more than year-old place groove are its weekly chef outreach programs on Tuesdays. Every Tuesday, the St. CeCe's kitchen becomes someone else's domain, as do the evening's receipts. It's an ingenious way to give a would-be chef a kick of confidence, and it's often fantastic. [Photo]
1426 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216

8. Le Petit Zinc

1055 Trumbull St, Detroit, MI 48216
Swift service is often merely a suggestion at this casually chic Corktown creperie, but the food is far from it. Innovative takes on French cuisine join superb coffee and desserts in a heady swirl of taste and temperament. Now that summer's finally here, the outdoor garden is a perfect place to order a bowl of ratatouille and sop up your worries with some of Le Petit Zinc's baguettes. [Photo]
1055 Trumbull St
Detroit, MI 48216

9. Green Dot Stables

2200 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216
Green Dot Stables is the kind of restaurant that people talk about. And then talk about. And then talk about again. The West Side Industrial hangout has made it on our last two Heat maps, but surveys show that the sizable menu of sliders available at these stables — Bacon-Cucumber-Roasted Tomato, Gyro, and even Mystery Meat — should keep it in the top ranks of eateries for months to come. [Photo]
2200 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48216

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