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The Hottest Restaurants in Detroit Right Now, February 2015

The hottest places to dine and drink in Metro Detroit right now.

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Welcome to the February Eater Detroit Heatmap, which invites diners to experience something new across the city's 143-square-miles. Unlike the stalwart collection captured by the Eater 38, the Heatmap aims to pinpoint the most popular places to eat and drink each month.

Did we miss your favorite new restaurant? Been somewhere else that feels worthy of high praise and popular approval? Drop us a note on our tip line or leave your thoughts below.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Eli Tea Bar

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108 S Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009
(866) 567-1988
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Eli Tea Bar is serving up hot beverages in Birmingham. The bar also offers tea tasting events. [ Photo]

2. Cafe Con Leche Nord (New Center)

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2990 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48202
Southwest's Café Con Leche owners Jordi Carbonell and his wife Melissa Fernandez opened a new sit-down cafe in New Center in late December and after some irregular popup hours the shop is now following more predictable hours from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Stop in for a one of their famous hot chocolates or a simple, satisfying sandwich. [ Photo]

3. Zeke's R&R BBQ

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240 W 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
Zeke’s Rock & Roll BBQ is already receiving positive reviews from local media and diners. The restaurant serves a standard selection of barbecue paired with several special sauces alongside unexpected items like Sriracha coleslaw and fried cheese curds.

4. Brew Detroit

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1400 Abbott
Detroit, MI
Brew Detroit’s taproom opened quietly in Corktown last month. With more than 40 seats, the space offers a comfortable atmosphere to grab a beer and watch a game (the bar boasts six televisions). While customers are encouraged to order-in or bring food from local dining spots, Brew Detroit is also hosting food trucks Delectabowl and The Mean Weenie on Fridays and Saturdays. [ Photo]

5. Craft Breww City

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27843 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Farmington Hills’ Craft Breww City offers a rotating beverage menu packed with more than 40 local and international beers. In terms of non-liquid assets the pub offers tacos, mac and cheese, sandwiches, burgers, and pizza. [ Photo]

6. Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles

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19345 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221
Former pro-football player Ron Bartell opened Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles following more than two years of anticipation. The menu features 11 different chicken and waffle combinations as well as Southern favorites like shrimp & grits.

7. Falafill

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4206 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 338-3574
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A Chicago transplant, Falafill opened it’s first Detroit location in January on Woodward Avenue. The menu offers pita sandwiches with several different filling options as well as a mezza bar. [ Photo]

8. POP at Checker Bar

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124 Cadillac Sq
Detroit, MI 48226
With the introduction of a new pop-up venue, Checker Bar earns a space on February’s Heatmap. From Detroit Delhi to CHOPS to Offworld Arcade, the bar is drawing in a diverse crowd with gaming, food, and art. Stop by on Thursdays for affordable and delicious prix fixe menus prepared by local chefs. [ Photo]

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1. Eli Tea Bar

108 S Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
Eli Tea Bar is serving up hot beverages in Birmingham. The bar also offers tea tasting events. [ Photo]
108 S Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009

2. Cafe Con Leche Nord (New Center)

2990 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48202
Southwest's Café Con Leche owners Jordi Carbonell and his wife Melissa Fernandez opened a new sit-down cafe in New Center in late December and after some irregular popup hours the shop is now following more predictable hours from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Stop in for a one of their famous hot chocolates or a simple, satisfying sandwich. [ Photo]
2990 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48202

3. Zeke's R&R BBQ

240 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220
Zeke’s Rock & Roll BBQ is already receiving positive reviews from local media and diners. The restaurant serves a standard selection of barbecue paired with several special sauces alongside unexpected items like Sriracha coleslaw and fried cheese curds.
240 W 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

4. Brew Detroit

1400 Abbott, Detroit, MI
Brew Detroit’s taproom opened quietly in Corktown last month. With more than 40 seats, the space offers a comfortable atmosphere to grab a beer and watch a game (the bar boasts six televisions). While customers are encouraged to order-in or bring food from local dining spots, Brew Detroit is also hosting food trucks Delectabowl and The Mean Weenie on Fridays and Saturdays. [ Photo]
1400 Abbott
Detroit, MI

5. Craft Breww City

27843 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Farmington Hills’ Craft Breww City offers a rotating beverage menu packed with more than 40 local and international beers. In terms of non-liquid assets the pub offers tacos, mac and cheese, sandwiches, burgers, and pizza. [ Photo]
27843 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

6. Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles

19345 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221
Former pro-football player Ron Bartell opened Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles following more than two years of anticipation. The menu features 11 different chicken and waffle combinations as well as Southern favorites like shrimp & grits.
19345 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

7. Falafill

4206 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
A Chicago transplant, Falafill opened it’s first Detroit location in January on Woodward Avenue. The menu offers pita sandwiches with several different filling options as well as a mezza bar. [ Photo]
4206 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

8. POP at Checker Bar

124 Cadillac Sq, Detroit, MI 48226
With the introduction of a new pop-up venue, Checker Bar earns a space on February’s Heatmap. From Detroit Delhi to CHOPS to Offworld Arcade, the bar is drawing in a diverse crowd with gaming, food, and art. Stop by on Thursdays for affordable and delicious prix fixe menus prepared by local chefs. [ Photo]
124 Cadillac Sq
Detroit, MI 48226

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