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Bistro 222 in Dearborn, MI

Thank you. We have so many alternatives. La Pita is definitely mediocre.

Aug 19, 2010
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Next food network star... and the winner is.... (spoilers, obviously)

Some dishes take longer than others. How can you prep and cook chicken in under thirty. That is difficult. Anyway, she was a star from day one.

Aug 19, 2010
MRPMRP in Food Media & News

Next food network star... and the winner is.... (spoilers, obviously)

Give her a break. She had thirty minutes to come up with a dish, prep for it, cook it, then plate it. That has to be nearly impossible.

Aug 18, 2010
MRPMRP in Food Media & News

Bistro 222 in Dearborn, MI

Al Sultan in Inkster has delicious food. So does Al Ameer. But, you must go to the Al Ameer in Dearborn, not Inkster/Dearborn Heights. It is located on Warren Ave. The fattoush at Al Sultan and Al Ameer is phenomenal. Once you eat fattoush at either of these places, you will never eat LaPita again! I promise! The hummous at Al-Sultan is the best hummous I have ever eaten. And I have had a lot of hummous. Another restaurant, Beirut By Night, has decent fattoush. They have flavorful grape leaves and great rice. They also have delicious tabouli. It is located in Dearborn Heights on Ford Rd. and Outer Drive. Try any of these places. Like I said, once you have Al-Sultan or Al Ameer's fattoush, you will never go back to LaPita. LaPita is American cuisine with Middle Eastern decor.

I must repeat again... Al Sultan is my favorite Middle Eastern restaurant. The atmosphere is a bit coney-ish, but the food and service make up for it. The prices are cheap, as well.

Try it. Let me know how it compares to LaPiss.

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Al Sultan Restaurant
425 Inkster Rd, Garden City, MI 48135

Aug 18, 2010
MRPMRP in Great Lakes

Bistro 222 in Dearborn, MI

What is all the hype about LaPita? I have lived in Dearborn my entire life, and there are plenty of Middle Eastern restaurants better than LaPita. I would not even classify LaPita as a Middle Eastern restaurant. They have Americanized all of their dishes. Sure, they have decent baba ghanouj and tabouli, but the true test lies in other dishes -- fattoush, hummous, falafel, etc. Their fattoush cannot be called fattoush. It tastes like a leftover Greek salad with no feta. Their fattoush does not even have sumac or pita chips in it -- two of the most important ingredients in fattoush. I repeat, it is not fattoush. It is simply a garden salad. Secondly, their hummous is terrible. Simply put, it has no flavor at all. Finally, their falafel is inedible. When I tasted it, I spit it out on my plate. Bleach was the first word I could think of. My mouth tasted of this nasty chemical for hours. Dearborn has the largest Arabic population outside of the Middle East. Please choose better restaurants than LaPita, a commerical chain for Christ's sake. Not to mention, sky-high prices. Peruse the east sides of Michigan Ave., Ford Rd., and Warren Ave. Al-Ameer has great authentic Middle Eastern Food. As does Al-Sultan in Inkster.

Aug 18, 2010
MRPMRP in Great Lakes

Next food network star... and the winner is.... (spoilers, obviously)

I agree that all three pilots were phenomenal. Although I had been rooting for Aarti early in the season, Herb did impress me later in the season. I have to say, I was a bit worried that Herb was going to win. Aarti and Herb both have very unique culinary viewpoints. More unique than any other FNS, in my opinion. Herb cooks authentic Cuban cuisine with a healthy twist. Aarti uses Indian spices and condiments to enhance American dishes. As for Tom... He has a charming personality and a creative mind. While his creativity in the kitchen is applaudable, his culinary point of view is too vague. How many seasons can one chef cook with "big ideas?" Aarti and Herb will go a long way in their culinary careers. I also hope to see Herb on television. He should tour Central and South America and bring some interesting international cuisine to The Food Network. Check out Aarti's blog and personal cooking show episodes. (www.aartipaarti.com)

Aug 18, 2010
MRPMRP in Food Media & News