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It’s really hard to beat Middle Eastern food that’s from Michigan. Of course, Dearborn has some great choices, as does the rest of the state. Going to Michigan State University, I was lucky to have places like Woody’s Oasis and The Sultan’s available for my Middle Eastern food cravings.

The crew at Yelp.com has put together a list of the best Middle Eastern food in the U.S., and one Michigan spot was picked to have the best in the entire state. “Shawarma, kafta, falafel, kibbeh, tabbouleh, and more!” Yelp states in the study. “The fresh, healthy, and aromatic dishes originating in the Middle East are worth indulging in and to help you plan your next feast, we pulled a list of the top dining spots in the U.S. Never explored Middle Eastern cuisine before? You can’t go wrong by starting with a spread of hummus, baba ganoush, and fluffy pita bread.”

For methodology, Yelp calls this an “all-time list of the best Middle Eastern restaurants in every state according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the Middle Eastern category on Yelp then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total vlume and ratings of reviews. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of March 29th, 2022. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of March 29th, 2022.”

So, which spot is No. 1 in Michigan? Al Tayeb Restaurant in Garden City. It’s garnered 109 reviews on Yelp. On Yelp, the owner states, “With 20 years of culinary experience, our chef is a master in the kitchen and prepares your meal with the utmost of care to ensure that your meal not only tastes better but is also healthier since everything is prepared from scratch.” Find the full list of Middle Eastern restaurants across the U.S. here.

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Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!