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La Shish

jimmymack99 Feb 19, 2007 08:07 AM

Headed from Detroit Airport to Flint. I would like to eat a La Shish. Are they open in the afternoon and which location would be my best bet? Thanks.

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    Jim M RE: jimmymack99 Feb 19, 2007 08:10 AM

    Shoot right on over to U.S. 23 in Ann Arbor and go one exit north to Washtenaw. Take the eastbound (first) exit, and turn right at the end of the ramp. Immediately at the first corner you will come to Charlie's La Shish. Excellent food, open afternoons, right by the freeway, and now unconnected with the other La Shish restaurants, which have run into controversy.

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      dearborn barkis RE: Jim M Feb 20, 2007 08:27 AM

      There was a good article in the Detroit News http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/... about how this franchise (Charlie's La Shish) and one in West Bloomfield have distanced themselves from the La Shish chain and its owner Talal Chahine. My family ate at the West Bloomfield La Shish on New Years Eve, before it changed its name to Mezza. It was nearly empty, presumably due to the perceived association with Chahine. I hope their business has picked up--the food was excellent.

    2. Phaedrus RE: jimmymack99 Feb 19, 2007 09:44 AM

      Never eaten at any other La Shish. This one is excellent. Great lamb dishes, especially the lamb chops.

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        xman887 RE: jimmymack99 Feb 19, 2007 04:01 PM

        never had a bad meal at any of the three la shish's that i have been to (west dearborn/talal's), east dearborn, troy. i absolutely love their fatoush - the sumac dressing puts it over the top. and i almost always get a cup of crushed lentil soup and a mango smoothie.

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          jimmymack99 RE: xman887 Feb 20, 2007 05:23 PM

          Wow, crazy story. I feel for the franchisees if their business is off that much. I will try the one in Ann Arbor, then head up to Flint.

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          jimmymack99 RE: jimmymack99 Mar 5, 2007 07:16 AM

          We went to Charley's La Shish in Ann Arbor. It was packed but we got a table right away. The carrot/apple juice was very good, the hummus was great, salad was really good. I didn't care for the fried kibbee and we got a stir fry that had lamb, rice, mushrooms, carrots, garlic sauce, etc which was pretty good, but I wouldn't go back for it.
          Service was very good, I just wish I would have ordered a different entree and no fried kibbee.

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            Geo8rge RE: jimmymack99 Mar 3, 2008 05:09 PM

            La Shish is closed.


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              Jim M RE: Geo8rge Mar 5, 2008 10:47 AM

              Note that the Ann Arbor La Shish is still open.

              Another good replacement for hommous freaks: I've been several times to Falafel House on Orchard Lake in West Bloomfield, W side of road, south of Maple, N of Northwestern Hwy., and each time the food has been a cut well above the rest and the service extremely friendly.

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                momskitchen RE: Jim M Mar 5, 2008 04:28 PM

                I *love* Al Ameer in Dearborn.

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                  willygreen RE: momskitchen Mar 7, 2008 08:24 AM

                  Pita Cafe in Oak Park is better than La Shish. They also have a location in Birmingham.

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                    Summerfield RE: momskitchen Mar 7, 2008 08:38 AM

                    Moms, what do you know? I get to second your rec. I like the one on Warren, too.

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