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Sterling Heights: Near Lakeside Mall?

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So, it's time for my quarterly haircut, for which I make the 4 hour trek to Metro Detroit (yes, it's worth it) and marathon-shop/eat. The salon is near Lakeside Mall and I'm usually too hungry to travel very far for good food after my appointment. I can't seem to think of a great place to stop for lunch or dinner in the area. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance...

PS -Love Middle Eastern, good pizza, great sandwiches, or anything else that I can't get up north. :)

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  1. For a pizza lunch (or maybe even dinner), certainly the best place in that area is Tivoli's, on Van Dyke, just north of Hall Road. Very nice wood fired oven!

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    1. re: vtombrown

      Ah! I didn't realize Tivoli's is so close! Duly noted, thanks.

    2. I highly recommend La Saj for Lebanese food..it's along the mall perimeter by Kohls. ...went there last night with my parents (it's their new favourite restaurant) and have to say that everything - i mean everything- was superb. My lebanese mom says it beats making it herself and i have to agree (though nothing can ever compare to my mom's cooking, this takes a pretty close run up)

      La Saj
      13776 Southcove Drive
      Sterling Heights, MI 48313
      www.Lasaj.com

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      La Saj
      13776 Southcove Dr, Sterling Heights, MI 48313

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      1. re: sixelagogo

        On my list, thank you! What are your thoughts on Palm Palace? I seem to remember one near the mall. Is La Saj comparable, better, or just different?

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        Palm Palace Restaurant
        2065 N Squirrel Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

        La Saj
        13776 Southcove Dr, Sterling Heights, MI 48313

        1. re: tokyo

          no idea- i'm a NJ resident but, after asking my mom she said she said she won't go since she claims it's owned by the former la shish dude (under an assumed name) whom she says sold his wife down the river on some sort of scandal (i think she's in jail now, though i'd have to check the papers)...mama don't like that, regardless of how silky their hummous may or may not be.

          1. re: sixelagogo

            So, Talal Chahine fled to Lebanon years ago. Is he supposedly running Palm Palace remotely from Beirut? Apart from the rumors and innuendo, I've been there a couple times and wasn't too impressed.

            I like Lebanese Grill, across Hall Rd from the mall, near Costco, and second the rec for Tivoli's.
            www.lebanesegrill.com

            Also, according to their website, the new Lazybones Smokehouse location is now open, on Garfield N of 19 mile. www.lazybonessmokehouse.net

            1. re: gooddog

              That's right, I forgot about Lazybones' new location. Thanks, gooddog.

              Wow, love the conspiracy theories about La Shish! ;) There are several new La Shish-ish chains that have popped up in it's absence. Many of Chahine's former employees and family members still live here and it makes sense they would try to fill the La Shish void, though I have yet to sample one that truly fits the bill.

              Lebanese Grill is on my list, thanks.

              1. re: tokyo

                By far in that area for Lebanese is La Saj as mentioned. It is fantastic everything is made fresh to order even the Tabbouleh which is not mixed until it is ordered. Great attention to detail you can not go wrong here. Also their lunch menu is very affordable.

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                La Saj
                13776 Southcove Dr, Sterling Heights, MI 48313