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Detroit is near the top when it comes to food, according to one of the best-known restaurant guides around.

Zagat restaurant guide named Detroit number three in a list of the nation's 10 "next hot food cities."

They asked industry insiders and avid diners around the country and came up with a list that put Motor City just behind Birmingham, Alabama, and the Oakland and Berkeley areas of California.

"Detroit's burgeoning culinary scene, fueled by a ballsy, DIY attitude, is ready to hold its own in the national arena," is what Zagat says about us. Zagat cites our pop-ups, distilleries, urban farms and Detroit's ability to attract celebrity chefs such as Michael Symon and Wolfgang Puck as reasons for ranking so high on the list.

The feature also name drops Hamtramck's Revolver pop-up space, Slows Bar BQ, Sugar House, Gold Cash Gold and calls out chefs Kate Williams (Republic) and Andy Hollyday (Selden Standard) by name.

The rest of the "Hot Food Cities" list is rounded out by Asheville, North Carolina; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; Nashville, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Durham, North Carolina; Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; and San Antonio.

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