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Apr 9, 2014 07:36 AM

Jerusalem Garden in A2 moving, I don't know how to feel

Big announcement on their FB page (and Mlive articles). They're moving to Seva's old location around the corner. My god will I miss that counter. You will no longer be able to see falafel balls being made, or your Turkish coffee bubbling away on the grill. No random conversations with total strangers. This ranks right next to losing Drake's for me.

On the plus side, the front deck will be nice.

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  1. I actually think this a positive thing---the deck will be great and more room. We do take out from Jerusalem Garden a lot because it's not really the most comfortable place to dine.

    1. I simply don't understand all the love for Jerusalem Garden. This would be a tasty, cheap option in many college towns. But JG's version of Middle Eastern food is sub-par for southeastern Michigan.
      That said, I get the reference to the loss of Drake's. Not unlike my nostalgia at the closing/move of Blimpy Burgers.

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      1. re: trapani

        It's cheap, and you can keep yourself going there for very little money and have food that's reasonably healthy and tasty. But I agree, if they raise their prices for the move they are going to be in trouble—there are just too many other places. BTW, try Canton Pita in the same strip with Neehee's on Ford Rd. Nothing fancy, but the standards are very well executed.

        1. re: trapani

          I'm no expert of this cuisine but I think the appeal is that it is very affordable and quite tasty. My husband has tried most of the falafals in the area and this JG's is best. I've liked everything I've had there in the past.

          Also, they are great for catering small parties or events.

          1. re: Elyssa

            I totally agree with your husband. No one in Ann Arbor or ypsi comes close to the quality of their falafel patties.

              1. re: trapani

                Yes, yes, yes, Haifa Falafel. I do think the falafel is the best thing on JG's menu.

                1. re: trapani

                  IMO Haifa has gone way downhill. I love all the veggies and Haifa sauce on their falafel sandwiches, but they changed their pita to something very inferior. Their falafel patties are subpar, always mushy and heavy as if not fried in hot enough oil. Their cinnamon scented rice is good but usually a little too dried out.

            1. re: trapani

              Although a2 is technically SE Michigan, I'm not driving to Dearborn for a falafel. JG is consistently good if not excellent. They've been open since 1987. I've been going there since 1989. At some points in the 90s I was eating there multiple times a week. And not once did I ever have a bad or even mediocre meal.

              When I worked in the kitchen at Seva, we often traded food with their kitchen crew. We felt we got the better deal of the trade.

              1. re: charlesbois

                CB: would you go there specifically for the falaffel itself, or is the rest of the menu as engaging?

                1. re: boagman

                  I like their falafel a lot but I actually don't order it all that often (my husband gets it each time either as a platter or a sandwich). Their hummus is very good, as is mjaddara with onions.

                  My usual order is either chicken schwarma plate with hummus as my side or chicken schwarma pita wrap. I really like their rice as well.

                  1. re: boagman

                    Lentil soup is great. Saffron rice is good. Turkish coffee is good. Falafel is great. Babaganouj is sublime. I like their chicken schwarma. But for me the beef kebab is INSANELY good. I really like their fattoush with fried pita, it's heavy on parsley but not overly so and has good balance with the other veggies and dressing.

                    I wish they had their old meat pies, but they've changed those and I'm not a fan.