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Detroit restaurant hummus-where/how is it produced?

Where/how is Detroit restaurant hummus produced? Detroit restaurants must serve tons--literally--each year. Where is it all coming from? Imported, or locally made by processors from chick peas and tahini? Or restaurant made??

May 23, 2014
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Metro Detroit delis serving Detroit's own Sy Ginsberg corned beef?

True.

Mar 26, 2014
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Metro Detroit delis serving Detroit's own Sy Ginsberg corned beef?

I've been eating at Mati's for many years, including today. Great corned beef.

Mar 26, 2014
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Metro Detroit delis serving Detroit's own Sy Ginsberg corned beef?

Thanks!

Mar 26, 2014
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Metro Detroit delis serving Detroit's own Sy Ginsberg corned beef?

My list culled from newspapers and blogs is
Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor,
Hygrade in Corktown,
Mudgie’s in Corktown,
Bread Basket (10 metro Detroit locations),
Bronx (Detroit, Farmington Hills),
Russell Street in Eastern Market,
Louie’s in two Detroit locations,
Siegel's in Commerce Township.
Did I miss anyone?

Mar 24, 2014
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Det/Mich Peruvian food

I would love to know too. I've looking for awhile.

Mar 24, 2014
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Bourdain in Detroit: Coneys at Duley’s. Oxtail at Full Belly’s. BBQ at Vickies.

Thanks for the correction ak994.

Nov 11, 2013
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DTW: Best Italian Sub

Hi Mom. Glad to see Alcamo's > Gonella's (any location). Alcamo's Italian dressing makes the difference. Gonella's is bland in comparison.

Nov 10, 2013
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Hygrade Deli in Detroit: you win some, you lose some...

I have to admit, Boagman, that I agree with you. I eat at Hygrade at least once every other week, and it is not (Southfield's) Star Deli. But the problem is not the corned beef (same source as Stage Deli in West Bloomfield) nor the pickle. The problem is the mundane rye bread.

Nov 10, 2013
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Bourdain in Detroit: Coneys at Duley’s. Oxtail at Full Belly’s. BBQ at Vickies.

It seems Bourdain will be visiting this gem tonight. I approve. Despite the curb view.

Nov 10, 2013
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Fusion cuisine in Detroit?

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Jul 29, 2013
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Fusion cuisine in Detroit?

I stopped by and had an excellent $3.18 corned beef and swiss cheese egg roll. The corned beef was what one could expect in a good Reuben--in fact the whole experience was like a Reuben without kraut or dressing. The swiss cheese was evidently subtle--I wasn't 100% sure it was there. The Vietnamese owner said it is their most popular item. Cabbage is another popular filler.

I asked her where the idea for a corned beef egg roll originated, and she replied she likes to cook and found it through experimentation. Apparently it is popular enough that a second location is open on 7 mile.

Jul 29, 2013
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Fusion cuisine in Detroit?

It looks like I have a lunch spot tomorrow.

Jul 28, 2013
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Detroit dining downtown

At any price? Roast. Let us plebeians know how it goes. I read Bourdain was there recently.

Jul 27, 2013
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Fusion cuisine in Detroit?

I did have a pizza sub and a taco sub at Ricky's Sub Shop. I guess that counts too.

Jul 27, 2013
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Fusion cuisine in Detroit?

One of the wonderful aspects of Detroit is our abundance of immigrant communities: Mexican in SW Detroit, Arabic in Dearborn, Polish in Hamtramck, etc. Plus African-Americans in Detroit who brought us their southern cooking. But where is the uniquely Detroit *fusion* cuisine? Maybe I've been watching too many Food Channel shows glorifying Korean tacos in Los Angeles. Greek tacos at the local coney--is that it?

Jul 27, 2013
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Pastitsio in the Dearborn area

amandaqtpie always has good recommendations, in my experience.

Jul 27, 2013
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Haifa Falafel (Ann Arbor/Ypsi)

Ah--the best chicken shawarma sandwiches don't use fresh vegetables. Pickled vegetables in garlic sauce rule in chicken shawarma sandwiches. However, fresh onions and tomatoes in tahini are typically used in meat (lamb/beef) shawarma sandwiches.

Jul 27, 2013
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Haifa Falafel (Ann Arbor/Ypsi)

Chicken shawarma is indeed very authentic to Arabic food in the Middle East. Turkey shawarma, however, is a different matter.

Jul 27, 2013
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Pastitsio in the Dearborn area

http://gusandusgrill.com interesting find. Very close to Dearborn too.

Jul 26, 2013
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Pastitsio in the Dearborn area

Plz report your findings.

Jul 25, 2013
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Pastitsio in the Dearborn area

We have a local Greek chain Red Olive which has a restaurant in Dearborn and which has pastitsio ($8.95) on the menu. I've never had it so I count vouch.

Leo's Coney Island is another local chain which has a restaurant in Dearborn and which has pastitsio ($7.49) on the menu. Never had that item either at Leo's.

I think you would be safer to head to Greektown unless some wiser chowhounder thinks otherwise.

Jul 25, 2013
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Dearborn during Ramadan

Since none of the famous eateries on Warren have liquor licenses, "festive" is a relative term. Dearborn is no New Orleans. But it is indeed nice seeing all the families with all the many kids smiling together.

Jul 23, 2013
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Dearborn during Ramadan

I concur with VTB--all of the well-known eateries keep regular hours. On the plus side, the restaurants are open but much less crowded before sunset during Ramadan. On the minus side, dining before sunset on Warren Ave during Ramadan is less festive than after sunset. It's like dessert tasting in the French Quarter during Lent.

Jul 23, 2013
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Detroit report

I've never been to Leon's despite working in Dearborn for three decades. I will put it on my list. I have to admire any restaurant that can survive within yards of Miller's Bar.

Jul 22, 2013
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Red tahini in metro Detroit?

My contact at the Gaza-based food site Palestine Food explained to me today why red tahini is red: "Red Tahini is made of roasted sesame seeds , white tahini is made from raw sesame seeds ." No mention of sumac or any other red spices. Roasted sesame seed tahini is readily available in East Dearborn markets, but it is not red to my eye. It is brown. Nevertheless, the flavor differs from the more common white variety.

Jul 22, 2013
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Red tahini in metro Detroit?

Don't forget to get sumac in the spice section.

Jul 21, 2013
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Red tahini in metro Detroit?

My understanding is that red tahini is made from slow roasted sesame seeds. In contrast the much more popular traditional white tahini is made from soaking or boiling the seeds which leaves them colorless or pale. Some food brands (e.g. Arrowhead Mills distributed by Walmart) offer a tahini made from roasted seeds, but do not call it red. In fact they all have a peanut butter color--the same color as familiar roasted sesame seeds. I am perplexed how Gaza Palestinians can produce a red color from roasting the seeds. I wonder if they just add sumac to make it red? Sumac, of course, is the sour cherry-red spice that is commonly sprinkled on sesame-based hummous.

Tahini is very simple to make--sesame seeds + olive oil + food processor. I would be tempted to make it myself, toasting the seeds in the oven.

Jul 20, 2013
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Haifa Falafel (Ann Arbor/Ypsi)

Nice writeup, trapani.

Jul 17, 2013
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Haifa Falafel (Ann Arbor/Ypsi)

Is their shawarma "real"? i.e. shaved off broasting chicken or lamb vertical rotisserie spits, or is it just grilled chicken/lamb pieces? ...I just hate fake shawarma.

And fake shawarma is so common outside Dearborn I just avoid buying it outside the vicinity unless I know otherwise.

Jul 17, 2013
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