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The Hottest Restaurants in Detroit Right Now, March 2015

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Welcome to the March 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. 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. Check their Facebook page for regular updates on live music.

2. Brew Detroit

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1400 Abbott
Detroit, MI
Brew Detroit’s taproom opened quietly in Corktown January. 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]

3. 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.

4. Republic

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1942 Grand River
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 446-8360
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This long anticipated G.A.R. Building restaurant was finally revealed last month and is already earning praise for its historic tavern feel and menu composed of small plates and “feasts.” While chef Kate Williams' food is often described as “meat-centric” there are plenty of vegetarian options and the craft cocktails are worth a trip. [Photo]

5. Selden Standard

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3921 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Since opening last fall, Selden Standard has received the A+ approval of diners, critics, and chefs alike. It was recently named Best Restaurant of 2015 by The Detroit Free Press. Chef Andy Hollyday is also in the running for the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef in the Great Lakes award. [Photo]

6. Torino

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201 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 247-1370
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Named to Eater’s National 38 and an across-the-board critical favorite, Torino is worth a visit if you can manage to snag a coveted reservation. Chef Garrett Lipar’s innovative seasonal tasting menu has put him in line for the James Beard Foundation's Rising Star of the Year award. [Bill Addison]

7. Freshii

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1001 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
This healthy fast food chain debuted its first Detroit location last month in the Campus Martius area. Freshii is a card-carrying member of the juice bar club, but there are plenty of salads, wraps, bowls, burritos, and soups on the menu as well. [Photo]

8. ‎Batch Brewing Company

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1400 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48216
Batch’s owners and supporters alike gave a sigh of relief when this project was finally completed. The 2013 Hatch Detroit winner offers nano-brewed beers in a cozy Corktown pub atmosphere. Check their Facebook page regularly for kitchen specials. [Photo]

9. Cafe 78

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4454 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
This new space in MOCAD features a cocktail list inspired by the Pantone color palette. The eatery, located in a former garage, transitions from a café with Zingerman’s pastries and Anthology coffee in the morning to a bar and bistro at night. [Photo]

10. Wright & Co.

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1500 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-7711
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Chef Mark Djozlija’s downtown gastropub's excellently executed dishes, craft cocktails, and comfortable atmosphere earned the number three spot on critic Sylvia Rector's list for best new restaurants. Now Djozlija is vying for Best Chef in the Great Lakes alongside Selden’s Andy Hollyday. [Photo]

11. Krema Pastry Shop

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Trappers Alley Shopping Center, 531 Monroe Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
313-963-9603
Kremnuts? Bougatsa? Gelato? This new Greektown pastry shop owned by the people behind Astoria Bakery sounds like the perfect option for breakfast or a late-night snack. Maybe both. [Photo]

12. Azul Mexican Cantina (in the DIA beginning March 15)

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5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-7900
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For those planning on visiting the DIA for the “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit” exhibit opening March 15, the Azul cantina pop-up will be a must-try. Decorated with wares from Southwest Detroit vendors, the pop-up will offer tacos, chips and salsa, guacamole, beans, and rice as well as Mexican beers, wines, and margaritas. [Photo]

13. El Asador Mexican Steakhouse (Frida Kahlo Menu)

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1312 Springwells St
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 297-2360
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In honor of the Detroit Opera’s production of “Frida,” El Asador’s chef Luis Garza will offer special menu items, including moles, pulled straight from the personal recipes of artist Frida Kahlo. [Photo]

14. El Barzon Restaurante (Frida Kahlo Menu)

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3710 Junction St
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 894-2070
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Chef Norberto Garita will explore the recipes of Frida Kahlo at his Mexican-Italian restaurant, El Barzon, this month. Garita is part of a team of local chefs bringing Kahlo’s legacy to life in their respective kitchens. [Photo]

15. La Terraza (Frida Kahlo Menu)

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8445 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 843-1433
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Artist Frida Kahlo was known for her raucous dinner parties as much as her art. As part of the celebration of the Detroit Opera’s production of “Frida,” chef Israel Rocha of La Terraza will prepare Kahlo’s seafood dishes and a posole stew at his Southwest eatery this month. [Photo]

1. 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. Check their Facebook page for regular updates on live music.
240 W 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

2. Brew Detroit

1400 Abbott, Detroit, MI
Brew Detroit’s taproom opened quietly in Corktown January. 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

3. 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

4. Republic

1942 Grand River, Detroit, MI 48226
This long anticipated G.A.R. Building restaurant was finally revealed last month and is already earning praise for its historic tavern feel and menu composed of small plates and “feasts.” While chef Kate Williams' food is often described as “meat-centric” there are plenty of vegetarian options and the craft cocktails are worth a trip. [Photo]
1942 Grand River
Detroit, MI 48226

5. Selden Standard

3921 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
Since opening last fall, Selden Standard has received the A+ approval of diners, critics, and chefs alike. It was recently named Best Restaurant of 2015 by The Detroit Free Press. Chef Andy Hollyday is also in the running for the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef in the Great Lakes award. [Photo]
3921 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

6. Torino

201 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220
Named to Eater’s National 38 and an across-the-board critical favorite, Torino is worth a visit if you can manage to snag a coveted reservation. Chef Garrett Lipar’s innovative seasonal tasting menu has put him in line for the James Beard Foundation's Rising Star of the Year award. [Bill Addison]
201 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

7. Freshii

1001 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226
This healthy fast food chain debuted its first Detroit location last month in the Campus Martius area. Freshii is a card-carrying member of the juice bar club, but there are plenty of salads, wraps, bowls, burritos, and soups on the menu as well. [Photo]
1001 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226

8. ‎Batch Brewing Company

1400 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48216
Batch’s owners and supporters alike gave a sigh of relief when this project was finally completed. The 2013 Hatch Detroit winner offers nano-brewed beers in a cozy Corktown pub atmosphere. Check their Facebook page regularly for kitchen specials. [Photo]
1400 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48216

9. Cafe 78

4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
This new space in MOCAD features a cocktail list inspired by the Pantone color palette. The eatery, located in a former garage, transitions from a café with Zingerman’s pastries and Anthology coffee in the morning to a bar and bistro at night. [Photo]
4454 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

10. Wright & Co.

1500 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48226
Chef Mark Djozlija’s downtown gastropub's excellently executed dishes, craft cocktails, and comfortable atmosphere earned the number three spot on critic Sylvia Rector's list for best new restaurants. Now Djozlija is vying for Best Chef in the Great Lakes alongside Selden’s Andy Hollyday. [Photo]
1500 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48226

11. Krema Pastry Shop

Trappers Alley Shopping Center, 531 Monroe Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226
Kremnuts? Bougatsa? Gelato? This new Greektown pastry shop owned by the people behind Astoria Bakery sounds like the perfect option for breakfast or a late-night snack. Maybe both. [Photo]
Trappers Alley Shopping Center, 531 Monroe Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226

12. Azul Mexican Cantina (in the DIA beginning March 15)

5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
For those planning on visiting the DIA for the “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit” exhibit opening March 15, the Azul cantina pop-up will be a must-try. Decorated with wares from Southwest Detroit vendors, the pop-up will offer tacos, chips and salsa, guacamole, beans, and rice as well as Mexican beers, wines, and margaritas. [Photo]
5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

13. El Asador Mexican Steakhouse (Frida Kahlo Menu)

1312 Springwells St, Detroit, MI 48209
In honor of the Detroit Opera’s production of “Frida,” El Asador’s chef Luis Garza will offer special menu items, including moles, pulled straight from the personal recipes of artist Frida Kahlo. [Photo]
1312 Springwells St
Detroit, MI 48209

14. El Barzon Restaurante (Frida Kahlo Menu)

3710 Junction St, Detroit, MI 48210
Chef Norberto Garita will explore the recipes of Frida Kahlo at his Mexican-Italian restaurant, El Barzon, this month. Garita is part of a team of local chefs bringing Kahlo’s legacy to life in their respective kitchens. [Photo]
3710 Junction St
Detroit, MI 48210

15. La Terraza (Frida Kahlo Menu)

8445 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
Artist Frida Kahlo was known for her raucous dinner parties as much as her art. As part of the celebration of the Detroit Opera’s production of “Frida,” chef Israel Rocha of La Terraza will prepare Kahlo’s seafood dishes and a posole stew at his Southwest eatery this month. [Photo]
8445 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

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