Detroit >Byblos Cafe & Grill
I may be spoiled by more authentic fare in my frequent haunts in Dearborn, but nonetheless, Byblos is sub-par Middle Eastern food. Been here a few times over a period of years and have only seen the food get worse. Though not awful, the only sell is the lassis made with mango and cheesecake (delicious, though expensive for the size). Furthermore, the food is highly Americanized (just look at the menu to see how much typical American food is incorporated with the "authentic" dishes!). Hummus is mealy, schwarma (which was once authentically garlicy) is now bland, and "authentic" dishes are strangely not (a dish of chicken tawook topped with a salty melted piece of swiss cheese? what?!). Price isn't steep but is certainly not worth the bang for the buck.
Service was decent, with a friendly waitress and man at the cash register. Still, I think this place is in business due to its prime location right off Wayne State's campus and nearby DIA. The frequent customers just don't seem to know good Middle Eastern food. The sure sign a restaurant is good and authentic? You'll see the ethnicity within the restaurant; the few such customers i've seen there have ordered burgers!
If you want good, authentic Middle Eastern for good prices, drive the 10 minutes to Amani's on Michigan Ave.!
TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE.
I can't say much about the food as the guy at the cashier turned me and my friend away almost as soon as we entered the establishment.......The restaurant closes at 9:00 PM according to the hours posted outside but apparently the guy working the desk changes the time based on his mood...
We came in at around 8:20 and just as we were getting in the door the man at the desk barked at me "carry out only!" I said to him "it says outside that you close at 9" He then changed his position and stated ?you can sit down as long as you finish before 9 but I'm only doing that as a FAVOR to you.? Logically, I left feeling somewhat shocked not to mention what that man said was nothing short of false advertising.
I THINK THESE GUYS NEED TO TAKE A CLASS IN CUSTOMER CARE before operating a business- I WILL NEVER SET FOOT IN THIS RESTAURANT AGAIN
Good in every respect!. We've been to Byblos several times in the past few years and we've always been very pleased. The food is delicious, the servings are *very* plentiful, the prices are extremely reasonable and the service is quite friendly. You can't ask for anything more than that!
Healthy, tasty, cheap: Middle Eastern food at its best, and breakfasts that break the mold..
Wayne State students rub elbows with Cultural Center employees in search of top-notch food at wallet-friendly prices. This restaurant mixes mostly Syrian dishes with American-style breakfasts; the hash browns should win a prize. Vegetarian platters of falafel, hummus and baba ghanoush (or all three) are generous, including salad and pita.
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