Top Five Restaurants for Middle Eastern Food in Metro Detroit


Metro Detroit is known for having a large Arab American population, so it comes as no surprise that the area is home to hundreds of Middle Eastern restaurants. With so many choices, it may be difficult to pick one for dinner, so I will try to help with that. Here is my list of the top five Middle Eastern restaurants in the Detroit area.

1. La Shish (Dearborn)​
La Shish is the name of a former Metro Detroit fixture that closed in 2008 because of the legal troubles of its owner, who fled the country. The chain reopened at its original Dearborn location in 2011 under different ownership, and the quality that locals had come to expect of La Shish returned in full force.

2. Bucharest Grill​
Named for the capital of Romania, Bucharest Grill serves much more than just Middle Eastern food. The menu contains Middle Eastern, Eastern European and American cuisine. However, customers rave about the shawarma, falafel and hummus. This is one of the most popular restaurants in Downtown Detroit. With all of its success, it recently opened a new location in Corktown.

3. Al-Ameer (Dearborn)
Dearborn is the Arab American center of Metro Detroit, and Al-Ameer is one of its best restaurants. It has an excellent variety of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food at both its original location in East Dearborn, and its second location in Dearborn Heights. It also features an enticing array of fresh raw juice drinks.

4. La Pita
La ​Pita has locations in Dearborn, Midtown Detroit, Canton and Southfield. It has an excellent menu of traditional Middle Eastern food, and the Dearborn location features "Lebanese Night Club," a Beirut-style party, every Saturday night.

5. Hamido​ (Dearborn, Dearborn Heights)
Hamido, which has locations in East Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, has very good food at reasonable prices. It is also one of the few Middle Eastern restaurants in the area that serves breakfast; try the fava beans.

Andrew Hillebrand has lived in the Detroit area for 24 years. He works as a freelance writer and copy editor.