For several years I have enjoyed Haifa Falafel, an economical, friendly place on the border of Ypsilanti & Ann Arbor. While the menu overlaps with the many Lebanese places, Haifa Falafel distingushs itself with a few touches. For example, a lovely pickled red cabbage garnish. My favorite dishes are the majjdarrah, fattoush & kefta. My friends and family have all enjoyed a range of meals.
Tonite I tried something different: Sholbata, described as a spicy bulgher dish. Sholbata was that and so much more, An ample mound of warm cracked wheat, cooked in a savory tomato sauce, and laced with soft chunks of carrot, melting onion, and green pepper. And it was spicy, with an almost smokey flavor. All topped with some tahini & the fresh vegetable garnish.
With two decades in SE Michigan, I have eaten alot of Middle Eastern food. The sholbata came as a total surprise. According to the counterman, the recipe is unique to Haifa Falafel.
Would I drive to Washtenaw County just to try Haifa Falafel? Maybe not, but if you find yourself on US-23, exit at Washtenaw (Ypsilant-bound); within a mile, you can enjoy your own plate of sholbata.
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