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Feb 13, 2009 03:00 AM

ISO Local Great Food West Bloomfield

I will be traveling to Michigan in May and I am trying to find out what the locals recommend for affordable local foods. Sandwiches, pizza, etc.

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  1. I haven't been in a couple of years, but there is a Middle Eastern place on Orchard Lake Road, the Sheik, which is good. They bake their own pitas, IIRC.

    Stage Deli for sandwiches and the usual deli stuff

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    1. re: coney with everything

      The Sheik on Orchard Lake Rd near Pontiac Trail unfortunately closed after losing much business following certainly false rumors of staff celebrating on 9/11. An independently-owned franchise of La Shish opened there, but the franchise too lost business when La Shish owner Chahine fled the country with tax evasion problems. The unfortunate owner ended the association with La Shish and changed the name to Mezza Mediterranean Grille. You can get a 10% off coupon at its website . The chow is still excellent, and last I checked, the mural of the Shiek still welcomes customers at the entrance. There are four more locations apparently, but I can only vouch for the original on Orchard Lake.

      1. re: dearborn barkis

        Thanks, barkis. I knew it had been a LaShish but for some reason thought it had reverted to Sheik after the Shish-meltdown.

        1. re: coney with everything

          Judging by the number of locations opening, Mezza is filling in nicely for the void left by the closed La Shish stores. Chahine's original La Shish in east Dearborn had an amazing crushed lentil soup--there was nothing like it in Dearborn. The IRS should have traded the tax bill for the recipe. Mezza's lentil soup isn't at the same level, but I wish them the best.

    2. Steve's Deli on Telegraph and Maple ( ) is popular with hounds. It's located in the shopping center behind Andiamo Italia West restaurant, which was the site of Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance (when it was the Machus Red Fox).

      1. For good New York-style thin crust pizza I would consider Tomatoes Apizza with two locations in Farmington Hills.
        For traditional Detroit-style square deep-dish pizza, there is a Buddy's Pizza on Northwestern Highway.

        1. zinc on orchard lake just south of maple. brasserie with some good french and belgian dishes. owned bythe same people that own redcoat - so you can get a fantastic piedmontese burger there.

          1. Pizza: Crust (SW corner of Telegraph & Maple)

            Waaay upscale deli: Bonnie's Kitchen (SE corner of Telegraph & Maple)

            Eastern European: Fiddler (Orchard Lake, just south of Maple)

            My new eclectic favorite: Modern Food & Spirits (1535 Cass Lake Rd, Keego)