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Wow! La Pita in Dearborn, MI! Good stuff!

How did I not hear much about this place before? I called my brother for a recommendation in Dearborn tonight, and he recommended La Pita. Let's just say that I have a new favorite Middle Eastern spot, and of course it *has* to be all the way down in Dearborn.

With the exception of the fried pita chips, I loved every single thing that they put in front of me, from the fattoush salad, to the bread (which is just an A+, period), to the absolutely fabulous garlic sauce that they charge extra for (and deserve it) that the bread ends up being a delivery system for, to the lamb ghalaba which, after I had already eaten most everything else, I probably finshed 1/3 of, but not for lack of trying! Everything on the plate was *great*, from the perfectly cooked vegetables (and a lot of them!), to the lamb, which I was honestly worried they'd overcook, but it turned out wonderfully. If I ate one solitary piece of the lamb, it tasted just right, and it was also great in conjunction with the other flavors present.

I took home enough food for another entire meal (yeah, that might not be uncommon, but trust me: it is for me), and I'm still looking forward to it. I am really, *really* looking forward to going back and trying some other menu items, too. Hommous doesn't interest me (the chickpea and I just don't mesh together well), but my brother insists that it's great, as is the chicken tawook, the fried kibbee, and other things.

It is so wonderful to come across a place that's brand new to me and have my expectations not only met, but exceeded by a great margin. I could eat at this place once a week and not get sick of it.

If you haven't been, go. If you have been, why didn't you tell me sooner? ;)

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  1. They do have great bread!

    1. Ok, you are making me drool!! Where is it precisely? I've read something about this place, though I can't remember where or what... I want to say there is also one downtown somewhere? Could it be a new local chain? My memory is quite foggy on the matter. In any case, I would go for lunch TODAY if I could, based on your description!

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      1. re: tokyo

        The address is 22681 Newman, Dearborn, MI 48124. If you're traveling westbound down Michigan Avenue toward Outer Drive, before you get to Outer Drive, there'll be a strip mall with an Ace Hardware on the south side of the road, sort of recessed from Michigan Avenue itself. The Ace Hardware is also on Newman (it runs in front of both Ace and La Pita), and La Pita is the next business after the strip mall, going west. It's pretty visible, since it's a restaurant and banquet center as well.

        They do, apparently, also have a satellite location down at the Wayne State University Campus, at 5056 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI. I asked about this, and the girl behind the register said that the Detroit location probably won't have as many menu items on offer.

        I also don't know if they're open on New Years Eve or not, but they probably are. The Dearborn phone number is 313-563-8056, if you want to check.

        Who has two thumbs and is having lamb ghalaba for lunch today? THIS GUY! ;)

        1. re: boagman

          I've been to the one at WSU. It's on Cass just north of Warren, by the Barnes & Noble bookstore's west end. Menu is basic, but it's tasty. Gotta try the Dearborn location!

            1. re: coney with everything

              CWE, I just called them to find out, and yes: they do. Beer, wine, and liquor. It's not listed on their menu, but they've got it!

              1. re: boagman

                awesome, thanks! My DH likes a beer with his lunch :)

                1. re: coney with everything

                  Sadly no ales....just bohemian/vienna lager varieties. Grrrrrr......this is one of my biggest pet peeves about many restaurants. I rest the blame at mainly distributors (I am sure the La Pita owners are non-drinking Muslims).

                  To me is is like a restaurant that only carries one kind of very entry level wine. I am sure wine drinkers would not like a menu that only consisted of various brands of Lambrusco.

        2. You're right, this is just a gem...moved to a bigger space in the same strip mall and feels more upscale by still great chow. I still really love Al-Bourdini on Chase Rd. The best fattoush I've ever had... little neighborhood rest. We're lucky we've got access to such good Middle Eastern chow --- light, flavorfu and fresh.

          1. Sounds wonderful! I'm actually looking to go to Dearborn this week with a date. He's vegetarian, and I know there are plenty of options for him in theory, but could anyone recommend a particularly veg-friendly Middle Eastern restaurant?

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            1. re: lemonfaire

              It's not just in theory; I think it's hard to find a Middle Eastern restaurant that's NOT veg-friendly. Check out their menu to see if it meets your particular needs:
              www.lapitadearborn.com

              1. re: lemonfaire

                Well? Did you go here? If not, where? And how was it wherever you went?

              2. So glad you loved it! It's my favorite. Has it really never been mentioned on this board before?!

                We were there last week for dinner. I thought this was funny: the bread came out, piping hot and fresh, as usual, but it was flat and very soft, not puffed and crispy as I'm used to there. The server said they'd forgotten to use yeast that day. Odd, but I wasn't complaining.

                The fattoush salad is amazing. One of my companions had the Greek and it looked wonderful.
                Their pricing is extremely fair, too. Be sure to try their sandwiches sometime.

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                1. re: amandaqtpie

                  In addtion to really great food, they are also very accommodating. I have diverticulitis and they are more than happy to make up a special batch of bread without sesame seeds, and are very careful to avoid seeds and nuts in anything that I order.

                2. Another visit to LaPita left me disappointed yet again. Half the restaurant reeked of tobacco smoke. Hubby got chicken shawarma - it was dull. I got something called Spicy Chicken Man-Ushi which was a rolled up sandwich that looked like chicken shawarma on steroids. Unfortunately, it tasted like cardboard. I had to get a side of the garlic sauce to make it even palatable. Even their garlic sauce is boring. Everything's overpriced, too. Can't say I'll give them another shot. Wish there were some other West Dearborn options

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                  1. re: momskitchen

                    I'll say it again.... Al Bourdini... Chase road, just about one block the other side of Michigan Avenue. Best Mid-east food I've ever had. Was recommended by my staff member who's a lifelong Dearborn-ite/Lebanese/Mid=East background. La Pita kinda declined once it moved to larger quarters. Drive from Southfield-xway to Al=Bourdini is about the same to La Pita, NO excuse not to go! :)

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                    La Pita
                    22681 Newman St, Dearborn, MI 48124

                    1. re: berkleybabe

                      I've never heard of it, but I will check it out.

                      1. re: momskitchen

                        Sorry mom, it's Al-Bourdouni...let us know if you stop in.

                        1. re: berkleybabe

                          Tried to go to Al-Bourdouni the other day....sadly, they went out of business. Another mid east spot took over the location, and that one went belly up, too.

                  2. Sorry, but we visited La Pita a while back in their newer location, anticipating that it would be over-the-top delicious the way that the old La Pita used to be, but we were very disappointed. There were three of us dining and we all ordered different entrees, and not one of us enjoyed any of the food. And what's with the decor?? Way too confused. And the prices were ridiculous for lunch. I'm not cheap, but I expect a fair price. This was mediocre, at best.

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                    La Pita
                    5056 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

                    1. La Pita fans—they're now opening in Ann Arbor on Liberty, a few doors down from the Michigan Theater. Have no idea how it will compare to the original, but the smoothies at the Detroit branch are great, and I assume they'll be the same here.

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                      La Pita
                      5056 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48202