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Middle Eastern with liquor in western Metro Detroit?

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Some friends are coming to visit next weekend, and I want to take them out for Middle Eastern food; there is none in their part of the country. However, I know they'll want to drink. Wondered if there was any good Middle Eastern place that served liquor. Would prefer to avoid Ann Arbor because it's Commencement weekend and everything will be packed. Anyhow, I don't think any of the places in AA serve liquor.

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  1. I know that La Pita in Dearborn has a bar...

    http://www.lapitadearborn.com/lounge.htm

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    La Pita
    22681 Newman St, Dearborn, MI 48124

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    1. re: JanPrimus

      And I *loved* my experience there. It was basically the best ME food I've ever eaten. I didn't partake of the bar offerings, but the food, start-to-finish, was fantastic.

      1. re: boagman

        After all the fabulous reviews about La Pita on this board I decided to give it a shot. I had only been to it at it's old location on Michigan Ave, when it used to be next to the Thai place. I took 4 of my coworkers from my Dearborn office and we all agreed it was "just okay". There's lots of better Middle Eastern to be had in Dearborn. If you are looking for a place that serves alcohol, this might be the only one I can think of, but it's not the best in our opinion, after many years of working and eating in Dearborn. I agree that the pita bread is great, but the hummus is only fair. My entree was bland, fattouch salad was tasty, though. It's always hard to find an Arabic restaurant that serves alcohol, so this may be your best bet if that's what you are looking for. I'd much rather go to my beloved al Ameer...best Middle Eastern food around, but no cocktails : (

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        La Pita
        22681 Newman St, Dearborn, MI 48124

        1. re: momskitchen

          Momskitchen: tell me more. Understand that hummus is just not my thing, though (don't care for the chickpea), so that's a non-factor in my thoughts about a place. Things that are most important: chicken shawarma sandwiches, garlic sauce, bread, fatoosh salad, lamb ghallaba, and a few other things. I'm willing to try more things, but I need to have at least a couple of standbys in case the other stuff isn't up to snuff.

          I thought that La Pita had *excellent* versions of the above. I'm more-than-open to other places you might suggest, but JanPrimus himself says that one of his favorite ME places majorly disappointed him the last time he went.

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          La Pita
          22681 Newman St, Dearborn, MI 48124

          1. re: boagman

            BTW, our plans have changed, and we're doing Sunday brunch somewhere instead. But I tried to go to La Pita last Sunday night and was faced with a 45-minute wait at about 8:15 p.m. I decided to go to Pineland, which I still like a great deal (had a superb lamb shank). But La Pita has to be doing something right. A lot of the people in line were Middle Eastern, too.

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            La Pita
            22681 Newman St, Dearborn, MI 48124

            1. re: boagman

              Could be my mistake was the special I ordered instead of my usual shawarma, but my colleague ordered the shawarma and she said it was just okay. I ordered a vegetable rice dish and it was bland. My other two colleagues ordered their soup of the day, which was something that had broccoli in it but not cream of broccoli and it was inedible. I liked the fattouch, the pita is great. To complete a true benchmark study, I should have ordered a chicken shawarma and baba ghanoush....but I didn't. Jim, the thing that La Pita is doing right is serving alcohol, which is verboten at most Middle Eastern restaurants. It's hard to find one that does it - largely because alcohol is frowned upon in Islam. Chaldeans (which are Middle Eastern Catholics) don't have that restriction.

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              La Pita
              22681 Newman St, Dearborn, MI 48124

              1. re: momskitchen

                I have to admit I was not to hot about the Shawarma on my visit...I did enjoy the hell out of the rice, Kibbie Nyeh, Hommous and the house salad. We did have some service issues but I don't blame the restaurants usually as much as a single waitperson (until it becomes a pattern).

                1. re: momskitchen

                  I'm sure that's part of it. But I saw quite a few clearly Islamic people there (women in hijab, etc.), who presumably weren't there for the booze.

                  I will eat at an off hour one of these days and contribute my $.02.

        2. Flairs Grille on Grand River near Meadowbrook in Novi has very good food and a full bar. Hope you enjoy it.