When walking into a Middle Eastern restaurant, the first thing to take note of is the smell. Everything the chefs are cooking should smells delicious. Better than smell is the taste of the food. Many dishes have lots of spices making the food burst with flavor. Foods prepared with lamb, vegetables, rice, hummus and pita are common in these types of restaurants. Whether trying a type of shawarma (made with lamb, beef, chicken or vegetables wrapped in a pita) or a kabob (cubed squares of meat separated by large grilled vegetables on a stick), the food is delicious to anyone willing to eat food with lots of spices and flavor.
Bucharest Grill
2040 Park Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 965-3111

Bucharest Grill is best known for their fast lunches and reasonable prices. Their food is handmade with original recipes. They have a great location downtown close to the ballpark and night scene, so food is ready anytime. If it is your first time here it is highly recommended you try the Bucharest Shawarma, made with grilled chicken, tomatoes, pickles, cabbage, garlic sauce and wrapped in a pita — it will leave your mouth watering for more wonderful food.

Sheeba Restaurant
10327 Dix Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48120
(313) 841-9900

The Sheeba Restaurant is known for serving both Middle Eastern dishes as well as Arabic food. Choose the size of the meal you would like to have — whether going to the restaurant for a dinner or having them cater food at a special event such as a wedding reception, dinner party or birthday event, they are here to meet your dining needs. From breakfast dishes such as Mathloth (eggs mixed together in a bowl with fassolia and foul topped with tahini and olive oil), a basic house salad, a sandwich (chicken, lamb, eggs, or liver), or having a popular entree such as Lamb Haneeth (slow roasted lamb that is perfectly seasoned and comes with basmati rice) the food will never leave you in the wrong.

Royal Kabob
3236 Caniff Ave.
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 872-9456

The Royal Kabob is a restaurant that caters to everyone. Whether coming to the restaurant for a business lunch-in presentation, celebrating a special occasion, or coming for a family meal, any type of food desired can be found here. If looking for an all-natural drink, start with a Royal’s Power (orange, apple, celery, beet, etc. flavors). For an appetizer try the Hommous Topped Lamb (sauteed lamb with toasted pine nuts and garlic). End the meal with Lamb Chops (char-broiled, tender meat marinated in peanut butter). Whatever dish chosen, it will be enjoyed by all.

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Shish Palace
15801 Southfield Road
Allen Park, MI 48101
(313) 908-2666

Shish Palace is a restaurant that honors cooking traditions. With a creative-cooking-vision and a twist to how they interpret food, chefs add a blend of spices giving each dish a unique flavor. Only seasonal ingredients are used in each entree, and this helps with the natural Mediterranean flavor and style. Try the rice almond salad (lettuce, rice pilaf, and almonds). The crushed lentil soup is a favorite among guests, and if you are in the mood for a traditional meal then order the Mjadra (cracked wheat and lentils cooked in olive oil with onions.)

Ollie’s Lebanese Cuisine
Meadow Fairlane
16351 Ford Road, Suite 100
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 253-1010

Middle Eastern traditions are met when a great atmosphere and great food all in one place. These traditions are found at Ollie’s Lebanese Cuisine. The chefs only use fresh and healthy ingredients and never compromise the entree. If you are looking for a smaller-sized meal, try the chicken shawarma sandwich (the chicken is rolled in pita bread with lettuce, pickles and garlic sauce). If you are in a lighter vegetable mood, taste the flavors in the vegetable ghallaba (sauteed natural herbs and spices with fresh vegetables and rice). End the evening with an apple tart for dessert.

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