$9.99 for $20 Worth of Lebanese Food at Al Shallal Restaurant and Café

Dearborn Heights

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Dining out is one way to explore your town, along with clinging to the back of a bus and borrowing a police horse. Try something new with this Groupon.

$9.99 for $20 Worth of Lebanese Food

The extensive menu includes boiled fava beans mashed with garlic and lemon juice ($6.95), a sautéed lamb tongue sandwich ($3.25), and chicken or meat shawarma slowly cooked on a roller broiler and served with garlic sauce ($6.95 for lunch; $11.95 for dinner).

Several of the menu’s dishes include the Middle Eastern staple falafel. Check out Groupon’s examination of falafel to understand what makes this concoction so iconic.

Falafel: Middle Eastern Energy on the Go

Falafel is fast food in its purest sense. In a flash, the chef scoops out a ball of chickpeas (or in some areas, fava beans) ground with herbs and spices and drops it in a fryer until it turns golden brown. Influencing this swift process may be old family recipes, national traditions, and abundant variations, but all appetites agree on a unified ideal: a hot, crunchy crust and a moist interior. On a sandwich or a meze platter, the spheres are packed with protein and ready to pair with fresh toppings.

Most food historians trace falafel’s origins to Egypt, but that hasn’t ended a longstanding controversy over its proper home. Israelis have appointed the kosher-friendly meal their national dish, which has drawn the ire of those who see it as an essentially Arab food. In 2008, the Association of Lebanese Industrialists even filed a lawsuit against Israel for promoting what it considers a Lebanese trademark.

Reviews

Their service is helpful, genuine and not overbearing. The falafels are great... The kafta and kabobs are flavorful and juicy.

Yasmin K., Yelp, 7/7/12

The GARLIC SAUCE is out of this world! Everything was perfectly cooked, service was awesome...a great experience.

John C., Yelp, 7/18/12
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    Dearborn Heights

    24402 Warren Ave.

    Dearborn Heights, Michigan 48127

    313-563-4242

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In a Nutshell

Classic Lebanese dishes such as grape leaves, shawarma, hummus, and kebabs with lamb, beef, or shrimp

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Not valid on holidays. Not valid on lunch special or dinner combinations. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.