A good Mediterranean restaurant isn't just the perfect place to practice close-up magic on unsuspecting patrons—it's also a great spot to meet friends and share Burton Gilliam gossip. Start your tongue wagging with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 (or $35 if redeemed Monday–Thursday) worth of authentic Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Chaldean fare and drinks at Sahara Mediterranean Grill in Shelby Township.
The menu at Sahara overflows with the Mediterranean's refreshing aromas and colorful flavors, which come together to create a bevy of fresh, distinctive dishes for dinnertime noshing. To start off a meal, diners can select from herbivore-friendly appetizers such as falafel ($6) and a small portion of baba ghanouge ($5), or cater to their inner meat-eater with six sautéed chicken wings ($7). Guests can choose a main course from a vast array of chicken, beef, lamb, and seafood options, including lamb kabob tika ($15) and chicken shawarma ($14), or dine on stuffed grape leaves ($12) and various other house specialties. To stop brains from sending mixed thirst-signals to your mouth, Sahara serves delicious raw-fruit juices ($4) and prepares alcoholic options at the full-service bar.
Sahara Mediterranean Bar & Grill
The kitchen crew at Sahara Mediterranean Bar & Grill shaves tender layers of their popular chicken shawarma from the spit of a traditional vertical broiler, helping them earn the title of Detroit’s Best Middle Eastern restaurant from Local 4 viewers in summer 2011. Vegetarian options range from a falafel sandwich to the smoothly textured adas lentil soup, with beans that chefs carefully crush with an announcement that none of them made their high school’s baseball team. The menu also includes house specialties such as the potato chop—seasoned beef stuffed inside a golden-brown, deep-fried potato shell.
Sips from specialty drinks and smoky hookahs add a sweeter dimension to meals as diners perch on dark hardwood seating. The furnishings contrast visually with butter-yellow walls on which murals appear to emerge from behind crumbling stone.