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Metro Detroit Lebanese with great vegetarian options

Danimal Mar 23, 2010 09:25 AM

I've been looking at some of the Lebeanese spots mentioned on the boards and they all seem quite meat focused, except for cold spreads and mejadra. Are there any SE MI places with particularly solid veg options?

  1. jjspw Mar 26, 2010 02:14 PM

    I know this place isn't Lebanese, but they have a very good vegetarian selection for Middle Eastern food.

    La Marsa
    3720 Rochester Road
    Troy, MI 48083
    (248) 524-0300
    www.lamarsacuisine.com

    They do an excellent lentil soup, and have some harder-to-find North African vegetarian traditional dishes like fool and koshary (excellent!). There are other La Marsa locations, but the Troy one is the best.

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    La Marsa
    3720 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48083

    1. tokyo Mar 23, 2010 04:52 PM

      I always think of Lebanese food as particularly vegetarian friendly. In fact, I rarely eat meat when I go to a Lebanese restaurant, with the exception of chicken shawarma or tawook sometimes. A close friend of mine who is vegetarian never gets bored with the variety -between the numerous salads (with or without cheese), usually there is some kind of vegetarian soup (crushed lentil is my go-to), by the time you add baba or hommous, maybe some bread, you're stuffed!
      There are often several vegetarian sandwich combinations, which I love - tabbouli or (my favorite) fattoush & hommous, mujadara & hommous, etc.. - plus, I always add those gherkins and lots of garlic paste to mine. My husband loves the pickled turnips. Or I make my own sandwich by stuffing that lovely warm pita with whatever else I have on my plate
      I'm sure most places have a vegetarian ghallaba or kibbeh of some sort, which would be good with rice or potatoes (always on the menu). If not, even if you asked for an entree of grilled vegetables and rice I bet it would still be delicious. Especially if you eat it with more garlic paste!! And then wash it down with one of the fresh 'health' juices -can't get much more vegetarian than that!
      I would say the key to satisfying vegetarian Lebanese food is the QUALITY of ingredients, not the variety on the menu. Honestly, once you've enjoyed the fresh, lively flavors of a fattoush salad, good syrian cheese, comforting lentil soup, smooth tangy hommous, fresh pita, and garlic, garlic, garlic, you've found a good thing and won't easily tire of it.
      Mmmm... enjoy!

      1. JanPrimus Mar 23, 2010 02:43 PM

        Aside from Hoummos, Baba Ghannouj, Tabbouli, Grape Leaves & Falafel are you looking for something special.

        I am still a fan of Amani's (www.amanilebaneserestaurant.com) and will be for a long time. Sure they have meat and all but the veggies are just as good.

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