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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.