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Jan 30, 2008 04:56 AM

Crushed lentil soup in Detroit area?

Any recommendations for a great bowl of crushed lentil soup in the Detroit area? I've tried the lentil soup at a dozen different middle eastern restaurants. The only one which stands apart from the rest is La Shish in east Dearborn. I hope to find a good alternative.

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  1. Pita Pita on Washtenaw between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti has a really good one, with lots of hot curry powder in it.

    As for non-Arab versions: from time to time, the Liberty location of Le Dog in Ann Arbor sometimes has an Austrian-style lentil soup, Tiroler Linsensuppe. It's great, but there's no way to check in advance if they have it--it's just a soup and hot dog stand.

    1. RUN on over to Pita Cafe located in a small shopping center just South of the Greenfield Road exit of 696! They serve a large bowl of hearty, beautiful soup along with a basket of fresh baked bread with a slight touch of sesame... A heart warmer on a cold day.

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      1. re: North Oakland Gal

        Enthusiastic second for Pita Cafe. Also try Mr Kabob in the gas station at 12 & Coolidge.

        Anita's Cafe is good for Lebanese in general but I haven't tried their soup.

        1. re: North Oakland Gal

          Agree with NOG! Crushed or whole lentil is outstanding!
          Al-Berdouni in Dearborn is great as well.

          1. re: North Oakland Gal

            Pita Cafe is my FAV!!! Which I could make it @ home~~since i no longer live in MI.

          2. Grape Leaves (15 Mile and Cooldige) has excellent crushed lentil soup. In fact, everything I have tried is quite tasty.

            1. Not sure if you consider Ann Arbor part of the Detroit area, but the lentil soup at Ayse's is some of the best that I've ever had.

              Ayse's Turkish Cafe
              734-662-1711 1703 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

              1. I'm going to have to try some of these suggestions, especially twice-recommended Pita Cafe, as this cold winter is still young.

                Update: My coworker Summerfield suggested I try the lentil soup at my old favorite M&M Cafe in east Dearborn, which i happily did. Superb indeed! M&M's soup, while not "crushed" lentil and not exactly Lebanese style, is every bit as good as La Shish's, if not better, and definitely better than the typical fare served up in Dearborn. Sadly, Elaine and Maurice only serve it on Wednesday and Thursday.