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Tried Sindibads in Madison Heights, MI last week...

boagman | Sep 17, 201509:55 PM     1

...and never will again. It's right over by 14 Mile and John R, and man, is it pretty stinking lousy. I try not to let things like guys waving big old "$6.99 LUNCH SPECIAL!!!!" signs keep me from trying places, but in this case, I really should have listened to that particular instinct of mine.

Truly: the best part of my lunch was the Coke. The Coke was fine. All food items were lackluster at best, and crappy at worst. *Nothing* got me sick. It wasn't rotten/spoiled food, it was just lousy and unsatisfying. I had the staple of chicken shawarma, and it was dried out and tasteless, with the addition of the semi-weird garlic sauce adding nothing. The rice that came with it was also nothing special, and very dry as well. In fact, the whole thing was very dry, and I ended up getting several refills of Coke just for that reason.

They also served me a white bean stew with it that was, I kid you not, at *room temperature*. It was pretty stinking gross. Full disclosure: I'm not much of a bean guy. Even so: this was really not good, at all.

It was the kind of very rare food that warranted a "No." answer from me when asked if I wanted a to-go box. I'm a single guy, and if I'm turning down food to go, it's pretty much a loss. Don't say I didn't warn you.

The room itself is pretty poor, too. It used to be 14th Street Saloon, and it shows in many different, poorly-tended-to ways. It's not that I care that much about such things, but I fully acquiesce to the idea that such things are magnified when the food is as bad as it is. Which it is.

And no, I didn't spell their name incorrectly. At least they got the "bad" part of it correct. What I truly don't get is why they'd give it a go at all in such a poor, lackluster fashion when this is an area *teeming* with respectable, if not terrific, Middle Eastern fare, all over the place, in most every community. This may be the worst I've had. That's saying something.

Save your money, kids. This place isn't worth a penny of it, and I honestly wouldn't eat there again even if it was on someone else's dime. That should tell you all you need right there.

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