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Updated August Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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134111232008_10_hasmaps%20%283%29%20%281%29.jpg Now that Eater Detroit is approaching the ripe old age of one month, it's high time to update that fundamental feature, the Eater Heatmap.

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.

In the slowly dripping dog days of summer, newcomers like Corktown's still-in-progress Ottava Via and the reformated revolutionaries from Torino in Ferndale join a crop of regular reliablies on this late-season eatery compilation.

Had a less-than happy experience at one of these places? Been somewhere else that feels worthy for 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. Local Kitchen & Bar

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344 W 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 291-5650
While they still seem to be proud of their glowing Hour Detroit review earlier this year, summer at Local is exceedingly busy. With a constantly-creative bar and seasonal surprises on the menu, Local is still making waves. [Photo]

2. Torino

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201 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 247-1370
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With a positively buzz-worthy new tasting menu format and tons of local love, this former coffee shop-turned culinary hot spot is the one restaurant that everyone agrees is worth checking out immediately this season. [Photo]

3. La Dolce Vita

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17546 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48203
(313) 865-0331
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For proof of their popularity, just try to sneak in for brunch on a weekend morning. If you don't call well ahead, you won't get inside. That's due to their ongoing media love affair, and one tasty Eggs Benedict. [Photo]

4. Rodin

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15 E Kirby St
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 285-9218
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There's more than a few angry commenters who might not think Rodin deserves a spot on this list, but their recent forays into Taco Tuesdays down the avenue show they are invested for the long haul in the city's food scene. [Photo]

5. Motor City Brewing Works Inc

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470 W Canfield St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-2700
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Now that craft beer month is past us, maybe the crowds at this Midtown staple will fade. Still, the fact that the Detroit News' Molly Abraham called the space both "industrial" and "nontraditional" in a review in June might mean a continuation of new and longtime customers in the brewery's dining room. [Photo ]

6. Great Lakes Coffee

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3965 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 831-9627
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Just when we thought we would slide the coffee house of New Yorker-approved fame out of the list, they dream up a summer of Taco-Tequila-Turntable Tuesdays. Even during heavy rain (which has been frequent this summer), the place is jam packed with diners, drinkers and supposed-do-gooders. [Photo]

7. Supino Pizzeria

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2457 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 567-7879
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Still no word on when Supino is finishing up their long-awaited and eagerly-anticipated expansion (with promised Italian pasta stables and simple but exciting alcohol menu), but while we all wait, why not eat more pizza? [Photo]

8. Ottava Via

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1480 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI
They still haven't officially opened yet, in terms of Grand Opening and fireworks style opening, but their small soft opening approach is drawing raves both official and not. Molly Abraham at the News thought the reduced current menu was big and bold enough to include it in a recent rave review. [Photo]

9. Green Dot Stables

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2200 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 965-1523
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This West Side Industrial hangout has made it on our last three 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. Their recent graffiti-related sadness aside, the patio is nearly open as the weather heats up. [Photo]

10. Moo Cluck Moo

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8606 N Telegraph Rd
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
(313) 562-9999
The meme-tastic marketing campaign and original approach to fast-food style cuisine shows that this Dearborn Heights newbie is winning hearts and minds quickly. And why not? Fun time, fun food and one terribly fantastic place to eat. [Photo]

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1. Local Kitchen & Bar

344 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220
While they still seem to be proud of their glowing Hour Detroit review earlier this year, summer at Local is exceedingly busy. With a constantly-creative bar and seasonal surprises on the menu, Local is still making waves. [Photo]
344 W 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

2. Torino

201 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220
With a positively buzz-worthy new tasting menu format and tons of local love, this former coffee shop-turned culinary hot spot is the one restaurant that everyone agrees is worth checking out immediately this season. [Photo]
201 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

3. La Dolce Vita

17546 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203
For proof of their popularity, just try to sneak in for brunch on a weekend morning. If you don't call well ahead, you won't get inside. That's due to their ongoing media love affair, and one tasty Eggs Benedict. [Photo]
17546 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48203

4. Rodin

15 E Kirby St, Detroit, MI 48202
There's more than a few angry commenters who might not think Rodin deserves a spot on this list, but their recent forays into Taco Tuesdays down the avenue show they are invested for the long haul in the city's food scene. [Photo]
15 E Kirby St
Detroit, MI 48202

5. Motor City Brewing Works Inc

470 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201
Now that craft beer month is past us, maybe the crowds at this Midtown staple will fade. Still, the fact that the Detroit News' Molly Abraham called the space both "industrial" and "nontraditional" in a review in June might mean a continuation of new and longtime customers in the brewery's dining room. [Photo ]
470 W Canfield St
Detroit, MI 48201

6. Great Lakes Coffee

3965 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Just when we thought we would slide the coffee house of New Yorker-approved fame out of the list, they dream up a summer of Taco-Tequila-Turntable Tuesdays. Even during heavy rain (which has been frequent this summer), the place is jam packed with diners, drinkers and supposed-do-gooders. [Photo]
3965 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

7. Supino Pizzeria

2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207
Still no word on when Supino is finishing up their long-awaited and eagerly-anticipated expansion (with promised Italian pasta stables and simple but exciting alcohol menu), but while we all wait, why not eat more pizza? [Photo]
2457 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

8. Ottava Via

1480 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI
They still haven't officially opened yet, in terms of Grand Opening and fireworks style opening, but their small soft opening approach is drawing raves both official and not. Molly Abraham at the News thought the reduced current menu was big and bold enough to include it in a recent rave review. [Photo]
1480 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI

9. Green Dot Stables

2200 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216
This West Side Industrial hangout has made it on our last three 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. Their recent graffiti-related sadness aside, the patio is nearly open as the weather heats up. [Photo]
2200 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48216

10. Moo Cluck Moo

8606 N Telegraph Rd, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
The meme-tastic marketing campaign and original approach to fast-food style cuisine shows that this Dearborn Heights newbie is winning hearts and minds quickly. And why not? Fun time, fun food and one terribly fantastic place to eat. [Photo]
8606 N Telegraph Rd
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

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