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So, what IS the best Middle Eastern in Dearborn? [DTW]

IndyGirl Apr 21, 2012 08:54 PM

I always thought it was La Pita, but then I read some questionable stuff on this board, I guess after a change in location.

Are there other better options? Or do people still believe in La Pita? Do tell!


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    VTB RE: IndyGirl Apr 21, 2012 09:11 PM

    What do you like best about middle eastern food? The kabobs, the salads/spreads, the bread, the raw or braised lamb?

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      tokyo RE: VTB Apr 23, 2012 07:27 AM

      I have the same questions as VTB - I have yet to find a restaurant that surpasses others with ALL of those components. For me, hommous is important, and so are the salads, shish tawook, and pita. For my husband, the shawarma is important. He likes Al Ameer, me not so much.

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        VTB RE: VTB Apr 23, 2012 09:01 AM

        Cedarland is great for getting mass quantities of Lebanese-approved recipe food*, at modest prices. *Not to say it is GREAT food, but it is good.
        +1 for Al Ameer and Super Greenland.

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        boagman RE: IndyGirl Apr 21, 2012 10:14 PM

        I still love La Pita, but individual tastes vary.

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          Goneril RE: IndyGirl Apr 22, 2012 07:42 AM

          I've yet to try the new La Shish, but I do like La Pita. (I really do need to hit La Shish one of these days.)

          For dessert/sweet things, my vote goes to Masri Sweets.

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            missmind RE: Goneril Apr 22, 2012 07:15 PM

            I went to the new La Shish in East Dearborn...very mediocre, sadly to say. My hopes were high. I like Pita Cafe in Oak Park quite well (their shish tawook sandwiches *kill*, and their baba ghannouj comes close), and Al Makan on 14 Mile in Clawson has great lamb. Not Dearborn, but I've been underwhelmed lately.

            Back to Dearborn...if you're in the mood for a snack, try the little restaurant/carryout counter at the back of Super Greenland on Warren @ Miller. They have terrific pre-made pide, 75 cents each. Spinach with lots of sumac, spinach and cheese, and za'atar are all fantastic. Actually, everyone should go to Super Greenland anyway. It's a huge, clean, friendly, well-organized store with produce prices so cheap you will cry. And lots and lots of very cool stuff.

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            worldwarz RE: IndyGirl Apr 22, 2012 09:21 PM

            i stick with my old standby of Al-Ameer, lunch is usually a shawarma salad with grilled chicken and dinner is usualy the stuffed lamb with laban.

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              1sweetpea RE: worldwarz Apr 24, 2012 03:52 PM

              Al-Ameer does a very nice spinach and chickpea salad and yummy baba ganouj. I have tried chicken shawarma there and found it only okay. I was most disappointed when my order of falafel arrived and the balls were clearly pre-fried then refrigerated. They had been heated, either in the fryer or the microwave, but were cold and dried out inside. Unacceptable. Who is frying falafel fresh to order? Also, whose raw kibbee is made with fresh lamb leg and worth trying?

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              vniemo RE: IndyGirl Apr 25, 2012 11:54 AM

              Not in Dearborn, but my favorite place is Malek Al Kabob in Taylor, Rminds me very much of La Shish back in the day.

              1. jjspw RE: IndyGirl Apr 26, 2012 02:51 PM

                I'm surprised no one has yet mentioned Hamido, which has two locations in Dearborn & D. Heights. It's an extremely casual place, where the focus is on the shawarma, made the REAL way sliced off a hunk of meat rotating on a spit. They make sandwiches, or serve the shawarma with hummus and New Yasmeen pitas, but there isn't too much more to their menu. So if you want a cup of lentil soup, puffy pitas, cream chop, falafel, or the typical Lebanese-leaning standbys, this isn't the best place. But for shawarma, it's excellent. Original location is on Warren Ave near Schaefer; second location on Ford Road near Beech Daly.

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                  momskitchen RE: jjspw Apr 29, 2012 04:52 AM

                  Al Ameer is still the best....but I also like Ollie's on Ford Rd. at Mercury Drive. Just tried a new joint called "Shawarma Place" in LaPita's old spot by O'Sushi. It's a diner type place - my husband dubbed it a "coney island of Middle Eatern food". LaPita at one time was just all right, but it has really gone downhill. Thos recommending it - have you been there lately?

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                    boagman RE: momskitchen Apr 29, 2012 03:00 PM

                    Not within the last year or so. What's gone downhill about it?

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