Bucharest - Detroit, Michigan
Chicken Shawarma. That is all. Even my mom still talks about it months later, even though we squeezed into uncomfortable bar seats in a sea of hipsters with lackluster service. Let’s deconstruct it for a moment: heavenly garlic sauce, a few fries, fresh pita full of flavored, tender chicken, cabbage and tomatoes. And something else- what is it? Something ordained and injected by Zeus himself? Whatever it is, it adds up to one damn good shawarma. Maybe the best. The line out the door is a great advertisement- but don’t be put off. This is a ‘to go’ line. It moves fast. And while the bar area is always busy, I’ve never once gone without a table within 10-15 minutes. Stumble into the take away line drunk or drive to the D just to go here- either way, you made the right choice.
Athens - Royal Oak, Michigan
Yes. It's a coney island. Yes. This is a standard gyro wrap, but Athens gyro is fresh and has thick cut lamb. don't know about anything else at this coney island, but I know I love getting this every time I go in. I'm sure there are better out there in the world. I'm not proclaiming this to be the best one I have ever had, but if you are in the mood for a gyro and find yourself on woodward stop on in and see what's up.
Kouzinas - Royal Oak, MI
A little bit of Greece in the mitten. Royal Oak is not widely known for excellent ethnic food, but there are a few restaurants that are creeping in under the radar. Kouzinas is a fast food kind of Greek street food restaurant that hits the mark in many ways. First and foremost, fluffy and delicious gluten-free pita (you can also get regular and whole grain). This is a deal... a big deal. I don't know any other ethnic food joint that does freshly baked gluten-free breads/pitas right on the spot. However, if you know of one, hit me up!
If you've been to Greece or Europe you will have stumbled upon the many different kinds of kebab/kebap/or other spellings of the sandwich. This is Europe's equivalent to McDonald's. It's a personal obesession of mine. Once upon a time I ate a kebap sandwich in a train station in Vienna and I fell in love. I've been looking for that same love at first sight feeling and alas have not found it.
Giving you a taste of what I taste. From gourmet to everyday. No pretentious bull - just good food.