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Arabic Restaurants in Detroit Metro -- Another Inquiry

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I'll be in the Detroit area next month, can anyone tell me what are currently the best arabic restaurants and bakeries --- hopefully near each other for an all in one eveing.

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  1. If you drive down Michigan Avenue in east Dearborn you'll see fifteen (at least) Arabic restaurants, all good, all very cheap. West Dearborn is heavily Arabic so that's really all you'll see. If you are in west Dearborn you'll find La Shish, the mother of all Arabic restaurants. It's also one of the few in that area that serves wine.

    I will try to get the name of the restaurant where I last ate in Dearborn - it was stunning food and heaps, MOUNDS of food. Cheap and delicious. It was on a corner.

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    1. re: CestMoi

      Thank you, I would really appreciate the name

    2. Al-Aimeer on West Warren at Miller Road. Delicious, authentic, cheap.

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        1. re: nance

          I second the vote for Al Ameer. IMHO, best in Dearborn. And quite a value....

      1. Whenever I visit my family in Dearborn I have to visit La Sheesh. It's a local chain and I can't attest to it's authenticity, but they have great kebabs and pita and hummus and you get lots of food.
        I've found that the best outpost is the one in downtown Dearborn on Michigan Ave.

        1. Hello,

          You did not mention what part of Detroit you will be visiting so I will give you some other choices. The Detroit area has a large Middle Eastern population. The Dearborn area is said to have the largest population of Middle Eastern citizens anywhere outside of the Middle East. Another suburb of Detroit to the north is Sterling Heights which has the largest concentration of Middle Eastern citizens outside of the Middle East. So back to the food.

          As stated above Dearborn has many fine choices but that is not my side of town. If you go north of Detroit at 15 mile and Dequinder NE corner is the Beirut Palace very authentic and a supurb bakery next door with every imaginable treat. If you hit this plaza go towards the back of the building another bakery with stone ovens makes Cheese Bread that is to die for.

          For a more upscale experience at 19 mile and Garfield NW corner behind Ernies Kings Mill is a small place called Bridgets very nice place with good food.

          As far as La Shish goes they have had some legal problems and is not somewhere I would give my buisness to. They have several restaurants throughout the Detroit area. I will add a link to an article or search "La Shish Law" to find your own.


          Enjoy your stay,


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          1. re: firestalker

            Totally agree with your assessment of East Detroit mid-east eats. I'm of Marinite Lebanese decent and the food of east detroit (Bridgets, Beirut palace) is more akin to North Lebanese food of my granmother than dearborn food is. Definately suggest the bakery on Dequinder for the most amazing zatar and cheese breads you can buy as well as the sweet shop around the corner for uber baklava mania.

          2. New Yasmeen Bakery & Deli on W. Warren in Dearborn
            La Shish on Michigan Ave in Dearborn
            Jerusalem Garden in Ann Arbor for lunch

            1. If you're out Ann Arbor/Ypsi way, there are lots of good places, including the local La Shish at Washtenaw and Carpenter, near U.S. 23 (not connected to the Dearborn branch). Also try Al-Noor on Washtenaw in Ypsilanti. Zero atmosphere (it's in a former Taco Bell), but the food is consistently top-notch. Try the tropical salmon.

              1. Shatila Bakery, 14300 W.Warren Dearborn,.MI IMO THE only bakery for middle Eastern style pastry. About a mile west of the Al Amir


                1. Thank you everyone, it makes me want to spend a week in Detroit just visiting the restaurants

                  1. I recommend checking out the zabihah.com site (detroit page linked below). It was very helpful to me in Cols. Ohio. Tho its primary focus is on locating proper halal restaurants the participants are very knowlegeable about the foods, which makes it a great resource. Also like the maps.


                    1. If you are in a car , which you probably will be , ( Detroit )as crazy as it sounds check out Mr. Kabob , in Berkley at 12 Mile and Coolidge . It's in a gas station ( !?!) , but people love it , and I must confess , for carry out middle eastern chow , it's pretty damn good . They have a few tables , but sitting down and eating INSIDE a gas station is , well , gross . No raw kibbie , but hello carryout . You should really head to Dearborn for kibbie . Personally , I don't have any problem with eating at La Shish , but to each his or her own . I've heard great things about Al-Aimeer from some of my Lebanese friends , I love any of the Beirut Palace locations , there are also literally hundreds of awesome middle eastern markets worth visiting all over metro Detroit , while not restaurants as such , most have a dizzying array of take out treats . I could spend a year or two trying to figure out who makes the best tourshy . A great food town , don't tell anyone else !

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                      1. re: GoalieJeff

                        I grew up around 10 and Coolidge and went to Berkley HS, so I know exactly where Mr Kaob is. I'll put that on the list, too.

                        1. re: GoalieJeff

                          Based on you rec. I tried Mr. Kabob today. The chicken shawarma sandwich was as good as good as any I've had in Dearborn --La Shish, New Yasmeen, Al Ameer, etc.. And the hummous was perfect, with the right amount of olive oil and seasoning. I've worked for over 20 years in Dearborn and my wife is Palestinian, so you can imagine I've eaten a lot of shawarma in my life, but this was exceptional. And from a gas station, no less. Thanks for the rec.

                        2. Dearborn's two-mile stretch of Warren Rd between Greenfield Rd and Wyoming Rd is the heart of the local Lebanese district. It has many exceptional restaurants, including Al-Ameer (12710 W. Warren), New Yasmeen Bakery (13900 W. Warren) and for desserts Shatila Bakery (14300 W. Warren). I heartily concur with their recommendations posted above. The concentration of Middle Eastern shops and eateries on this two-mile section of Warren Road provides a richer and more colorful experience than dining at any of the scattered but good Middle Eastern restaurants elsewhere in Dearborn or Detroit. Besides, unlike downtown Dearborn near La Shish, parking is plentiful and free.