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Fahsah and flatbread from Sheeba Restaurant in Dearborn.
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Where to Eat Yemeni Food in Metro Detroit

Fill up on big pieces of crispy flatbread, tender lamb haneeth, and bubbly fahsah

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Fahsah and flatbread from Sheeba Restaurant in Dearborn.
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Despite often being paired with Lebanese dishes on metro Detroit restaurant menus, Yemeni food has a distinctive taste and presentation that sets it apart from other Middle Eastern cuisines. Yemeni dishes often feature stewed vegetables and meats — frequently fork-tender lamb — served over rice or with a side of elephant ear-sized flatbread baked in a tanoor oven. Items like saltah and fahsah are served sizzling in a clay pot with sides of sauce like hilbah and spicy zhug. Yemen is also the birthplace of coffee culture, too, and Detroiters are fortunate to have a hookup for beans and sweet treats locally. In short: It’s high time everyone get acquainted with the region’s many excellent Yemeni restaurants.

A word of caution: Remember that no matter how normal it may feel to go out and eat again, dining right now is not the same. Takeout is generally considered by health experts to be lower-risk than in-person service, and drinking can lower people’s inhibitions, so be careful. Whenever possible (or required) it’s essential that customers wear a mask and wash their hands regularly. This is a tough time for the restaurant industry and its staff, too, so please, if you do choose to grab a bite, be kind and remember to tip well — even if you’re doing to-go drinks. From beloved Yemeni diners to coffee bars serving honeycomb cake, here’s where to find Yemeni food in metro Detroit.

A number of metro Detroit restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the state of Michigan’s coronavirus tracker. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Yemen Cafe

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This local favorite is known for its Yemeni cuisine served until 1 a.m. daily in a diner-style atmosphere. Expect platter-sized pieces of fresh flatbread and fiery zhug sauce paired with dishes like chicken ghallaba and tender lamb. The restaurant accepts orders for takeout and offers delivery via Postmates.

Lamb on saffron rice, a plate of rice mixed with chicken and vegetables, and a large piece of Yemeni flatbread next to a silver dish of garlic paste. Brenna Houck

Sheeba Restaurant Hamtramck

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Not to be confused with the Dearborn chain of restaurants with an identical name, Sheeba Restaurant stands on its own, sharing a block with Yemen Cafe in Hamtramck. The restaurant, whose exterior displays a mural celebrating Yemeni culture, features popular dishes like agdah (a mix of stewed vegetables with a choice of protein), tanoor flatbreads, and fahsah (stewed, shredded lamb with potatoes) served in a clay pot with sauces. Call in to place orders for carryout or get delivery through Caviar, Doordash, or Uber Eats.

Remas Restaurant

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This spot, which debuted in the former Clock Restaurant along Joseph Campau Avenue in late-2017, serves a mix of Yemeni food and other Middle Eastern dishes. Choose from options like lamb ghallaba (a mix of sliced meat and chopped vegetables sauteed in spices), mandi (an eastern Yemeni dish featuring tender meat and rice), and masoob (a banana-based pudding made from a mixture of dairy, bread, dates, and honey) for dessert. Call in to place orders for takeout.

Haneeth House

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This relatively new addition to Dearborn’s collection of Middle Eastern restaurants was co-founded by the owner of the celebrated Yemen Cafe in Brooklyn, New York. The menu features a mix of dishes from the Levant region and the Arabian Peninsula, such as manakish (flatbread seasoned with meat, za’atar, or cheese), fall-off-the-bone tender lamb haneeth, and saltah with stewed vegetables and hilbah (a fenugreek sauce). There’s even honeycomb bread for dessert. Call in to place an order for pickup.

Qahwah House

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Qahwah House is a Dearborn staple specializes in high-end coffee from Yemen. The coffee bar serves drinks brewed and in latte form and also sells beans, honey, and cardamom. Customers can also snack on Yemeni pastries including honeycomb bread and layered sabaya honey cake.

Sana’a Yemeni Cuisine

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Find all the Yemeni classics at this Michigan Avenue restaurant. Sana’a serves popular dishes like ghallaba (chicken, lamb, or shrimp), kebdah (lamb liver), fassolia (a breakfast dish with kidney beans stewed with onions and tomato), and two styles of flatbread — maloog or rashosh. Call in to place orders.

Alnawras Restaurant

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Established in 2016 by Yemeni-born chef and restaurateur Abu Senan, Alnawras restaurant offers a variety of Middle Eastern dishes with a section devoted to cuisine from Yemen. Find options here like bormah (a lamb stew), stuffed grape leaves, and roast chicken haneeth. Phone in an order for carryout or get delivery via Doordash.

Arabian Village Restaurant

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Like so many restaurants in metro Detroit, Arabian Village’s menu is pan-Middle Eastern, but takes special care with its Yemeni cuisine. Try the Yemeni combo platter for a little bit of everything from tender lamb haneeth to bubbling saltah with fenugreek and spicy zhug sauce. Call in to place an order or get delivery through Postmates.

Sheeba Restaurant

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For Yemeni food, Sheeba Restaurant is a go-to place with dishes such as saltah (root vegetables with whipped fenugreek) and fahsah (shredded lamb and potatoes) — both of which come to the table bubbling hot in a clay bowl. The lamb haneeth is the most popular dish with slow roasted lamb over basmati rice. The Yemeni flatbread is perfect for sopping it all up.

Aden Restaurant

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This small Yemeni restaurant in Dearborn is a favorite spot for zerbian, a rice dish cooked with lamb and saffron. Call ahead to place an order for takeout.

Yemen Cafe

Lamb on saffron rice, a plate of rice mixed with chicken and vegetables, and a large piece of Yemeni flatbread next to a silver dish of garlic paste. Brenna Houck

This local favorite is known for its Yemeni cuisine served until 1 a.m. daily in a diner-style atmosphere. Expect platter-sized pieces of fresh flatbread and fiery zhug sauce paired with dishes like chicken ghallaba and tender lamb. The restaurant accepts orders for takeout and offers delivery via Postmates.

Lamb on saffron rice, a plate of rice mixed with chicken and vegetables, and a large piece of Yemeni flatbread next to a silver dish of garlic paste. Brenna Houck

Sheeba Restaurant Hamtramck

Not to be confused with the Dearborn chain of restaurants with an identical name, Sheeba Restaurant stands on its own, sharing a block with Yemen Cafe in Hamtramck. The restaurant, whose exterior displays a mural celebrating Yemeni culture, features popular dishes like agdah (a mix of stewed vegetables with a choice of protein), tanoor flatbreads, and fahsah (stewed, shredded lamb with potatoes) served in a clay pot with sauces. Call in to place orders for carryout or get delivery through Caviar, Doordash, or Uber Eats.

Remas Restaurant

This spot, which debuted in the former Clock Restaurant along Joseph Campau Avenue in late-2017, serves a mix of Yemeni food and other Middle Eastern dishes. Choose from options like lamb ghallaba (a mix of sliced meat and chopped vegetables sauteed in spices), mandi (an eastern Yemeni dish featuring tender meat and rice), and masoob (a banana-based pudding made from a mixture of dairy, bread, dates, and honey) for dessert. Call in to place orders for takeout.

Haneeth House

This relatively new addition to Dearborn’s collection of Middle Eastern restaurants was co-founded by the owner of the celebrated Yemen Cafe in Brooklyn, New York. The menu features a mix of dishes from the Levant region and the Arabian Peninsula, such as manakish (flatbread seasoned with meat, za’atar, or cheese), fall-off-the-bone tender lamb haneeth, and saltah with stewed vegetables and hilbah (a fenugreek sauce). There’s even honeycomb bread for dessert. Call in to place an order for pickup.

Qahwah House

Qahwah House is a Dearborn staple specializes in high-end coffee from Yemen. The coffee bar serves drinks brewed and in latte form and also sells beans, honey, and cardamom. Customers can also snack on Yemeni pastries including honeycomb bread and layered sabaya honey cake.

Sana’a Yemeni Cuisine

Find all the Yemeni classics at this Michigan Avenue restaurant. Sana’a serves popular dishes like ghallaba (chicken, lamb, or shrimp), kebdah (lamb liver), fassolia (a breakfast dish with kidney beans stewed with onions and tomato), and two styles of flatbread — maloog or rashosh. Call in to place orders.

Alnawras Restaurant

Established in 2016 by Yemeni-born chef and restaurateur Abu Senan, Alnawras restaurant offers a variety of Middle Eastern dishes with a section devoted to cuisine from Yemen. Find options here like bormah (a lamb stew), stuffed grape leaves, and roast chicken haneeth. Phone in an order for carryout or get delivery via Doordash.

Arabian Village Restaurant

Like so many restaurants in metro Detroit, Arabian Village’s menu is pan-Middle Eastern, but takes special care with its Yemeni cuisine. Try the Yemeni combo platter for a little bit of everything from tender lamb haneeth to bubbling saltah with fenugreek and spicy zhug sauce. Call in to place an order or get delivery through Postmates.

Sheeba Restaurant

For Yemeni food, Sheeba Restaurant is a go-to place with dishes such as saltah (root vegetables with whipped fenugreek) and fahsah (shredded lamb and potatoes) — both of which come to the table bubbling hot in a clay bowl. The lamb haneeth is the most popular dish with slow roasted lamb over basmati rice. The Yemeni flatbread is perfect for sopping it all up.

Aden Restaurant

This small Yemeni restaurant in Dearborn is a favorite spot for zerbian, a rice dish cooked with lamb and saffron. Call ahead to place an order for takeout.

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