Food & Drink

Lebanese restaurant in Dearborn, AlTayeb, earns a national salute

October 14, 2021, 8:03 AM

(Photo: Yelp/Faten B.)

AlTayeb prepares Lebanese staples that "stand out in a Detroit metro area teeming with them," says The New York Times. It honors the "convivial" Dearborn restaurant as one of "the 50 most vibrant and delicious restaurants ... [that] reflect the rich mosaic of American dining."

The West Warren Avenue restaurant opened five weeks before last year's Covid lockdown. (Photo: Facebook)

AlTayeb, which means "the delicious" in Arabic, appears first on this week's unranked, alphabetical list. No other Michigan spots make the cut.

New Orleans food journalist Brett Anderson writes:

The all-day menu includes breakfast dishes like fatteh and makanek sausages with sunny-side-up eggs, along with versions of Levantine staples (cheese-stuffed baby eggplants, 10 varieties of foul and hummus, hot-to-the-touch batata harra).

Owner Ali Hamade and his son-in-law, Ahmad Sanji, opened the first AlTayeb four years ago as a sub shop, the brief blurb notes. "That original location, in nearby Garden City, dropped the sandwiches after it became locally famous for its weekend-only Lebanese breakfasts," Anderson adds.

Sanji was a chef in Lebanon for decades before moving here, his wife, Mirna Hamade, tells the Detroit Free Press. The Dearborn site opened five weeks before the March 2020 Covid lockdown, she says.

(Photo: Yelp/Magy S.)

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