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Jul 11, 2011 09:55 PM

Best lamb/goat dishes dtw

im taking nominations for best lamb/goat dish in the dtw area. I live in RO, but is willing to drive ~30 min for a good resto.

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  1. Have you tried Zayeqa in Farmington Hills on Orchard Lake Road? Not too shabby with the goat *at all*.

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    1. re: boagman

      Spicy, complex, overall one of my favorite goat curries in town: Namaste Flavours in Farmington Hills.

      Haleem, the richest, most divine 24hr-stewed mutton dish, where the fat and flesh just melt on the tongue: Kababish in Canton

      1. re: jjspw

        anything non-stewed? just curious...

        1. re: gan911

          Well,'re changing the question, then, aren't you? A "dish" would be different from, say, a singular presentation, wouldn't it? It's sort of vague...are you wanting lamb chop recommendations? Shank? What, exactly?

          1. re: boagman

            Oh no, I'm just curious, that's all...I moved here two weeks ago and don't know what's around. Both recs were stews, and I'm just trying o stimulate a few more opinions. Anything with that delicious lamb/goat flavor counts.

            1. re: gan911

              El barzon in corktown. A very excellent goat shank and/or goat tacos.


              1. re: donbui82

                awesome! keep em coming!
                supposedly there's a good northern indian place somewhere in sterling heights - supposedly they have good lamb vindaloo...i might try and see what i get.

                1. re: gan911

                  In terms of Indian food, including lamb, my favorite Indian restaurant is Rangoli.

                  They have two locations: Auburn Hills (which is the one I go to) and Sterling Heights (which I have not been to).

                  The Auburn Hills location is a nice sit-down restaurant with beer and wine.

                  The Sterling Heights location is more casual.



                  1. re: gan911

                    Vindaloo is a Goan (southwestern India) dish. A north Indian restaurant will not be the best place to get such a dish. However, if you are fine with an Anglicized version of the dish, any north Indian restaurant will do.

                    I personally haven't noticed one north Indian restaurant stand out over the rest, throughout the metro area--they all seem to have pretty much identical menus and tend to be very heavy-handed with the ghee and easy on the spices, as they think Americans like that style of cooking.

      2. You're focusing on India but don't forget the Caribbean. For instance, Trinidad is famous for it's goat curry. If you are in the right area, get a roti with goat curry!

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        1. re: Muchlove

          Hmm. That might be an excellent point you have there, but in fairness, there does appear to be a dearth of Caribbean restaurants about the whole Detroit area. I really can't think of any off the top of my head except, say, Jamaican Jerk Pit in Ann Arbor, and that's not what I'd consider DTW (but there are others who'd disagree with my boundaries).

          Any good "Trinidadian" recommendations you know of? Heck, I'd settle for any "authentic" Caribbean choices! And no, Red Lobster's Caribbean Fest (or whatever they call it, whenever they have it) does *not* count. Ever. ;)

          1. re: boagman

            There was something on yelp about some caribbean places in dtw...except they also advised to get it to go

            1. re: boagman

              I was just brainstorming :) I saw someone asking for recommendations for goat and i didn't want them to miss out. If there are no restaurants, I guess you need to make friends with some nice West Indians!

              1. re: boagman

                There are a couple of Caribbean places in Detroit proper:

                Jamaica Jamaica
                17550 W 7 Mile Rd
                Detroit, MI 48235
                (313) 534-3226
                ** this one is the best of them all, run by a Trini couple, so you can get Trini-style goat curry and roti

                Udeon Jamaican Patties
                15744 W 7 Mile Rd
                Detroit, MI 48235
                (313) 493-4045
                ** specializes in patties, but also offers wider menu

                Caribbean Citchen
                10500 W McNichols Rd
                Detroit, MI 48221
                (313) 345-3746
                ** Jamaican food, expensive for very sub-par food, would never go back

                Rono's Carry Out
                20211 W McNichols Rd
                Detroit, MI 48219
                (313) 531-0660

                Rono's Family Dining
                14001 W McNichols Rd
                Detroit, MI 48235
                (313) 862-1295

                The last two (both Rono's) are ALWAYS closed when I go by... so I'm not sure if they're closed for business, or I just happen to go at off-hours. Given the way businesses come and go so quickly in those neighborhoods, I really don't know what to think about them.

                The only one of these places I'd give a strong recommendation to is Jamaica Jamaica. Really friendly owners, and the food is very good. Cash only, all of these places.

                Caribbean Citchen
                10500 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221

                Rono's Carry Out
                20211 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48219

                1. re: jjspw

                  There's also Ramlogan's Roti Shop in downtown Windsor. Closer than AA, but somehow further. We're going there this evening for carryout, will be getting goat if available, will report back.

                  Ramlogan's Hot & Spicy Roti Shop
                  397 Wyandotte Street East
                  Windsor, ON N9A 3H7
                  (519) 252-6060

                  Ramlogan's Roti Shop
                  397 Wyandotte St E, Windsor, ON N9A 3H6, CA

                  1. re: missmind

                    Good call. There are a handful of Caribbean places on the Windsor side of the border. Another is Paulette's. Unfortunately, I've had microwave food at both Paulette's and Ramlogan's. I wouldn't recommend either--even the worst I've had in Detroit (Caribbean Citchen) is freshly-made not throw in the microwave.

                    1. re: missmind

                      I've had the best doubles of my life at Ramlogan's. Their shark-n-bake on weekend mornings is pretty good, too.

                      Just be sure to call ahead before heading over from the US-- the actual hours he's open are almost random.

                      Does anyone offer doubles on the Detroit side of the river?

                    2. re: jjspw

                      Jamaica Jamaica it was for my goat curry fix before venturing to Windsor. Not quite the same experience as the old Erie in Canton, MI and subdued in flavor. Rice/beans and plantains; goat was very well cooked but missed something special. Friendly folks and pretty busy if you can get past the standard Detroit plexi windows/ lazy susan interface. I'm still deciding if this is a go to or just another one but the effort by the owners is refreshing.