August 20, 2021

20 Detroit area strip mall restaurants worth trying


When we turn into the strip mall to do our grocery shopping, mail a package or hit the salon, we hardly ever deviate from our plans and check out what else the strip has to offer.

These strip mall restaurants are all worth the double take while you're out shopping.

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Tienda Mexicana
31642 John R Rd., Madison HeightsHere, you'll find undoubtedly the best tacos outside of Southwest Detroit, and arguably in all of metro Detroit. The meats are magnificently marinated and then grilled and folded into two freshly made corn tortillas. While most taco places offer carne asada, carnitas, al pastor, chorizo, and chicken, it can be difficult to find other variety, like lengua (beef tongue) or tripa (tripe). The lengua here has that melts-in-your-mouth quality that fans of the stuff look for in beef tongue.
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Tienda Mexicana

31642 John R Rd., Madison Heights

Here, you'll find undoubtedly the best tacos outside of Southwest Detroit, and arguably in all of metro Detroit. The meats are magnificently marinated and then grilled and folded into two freshly made corn tortillas. While most taco places offer carne asada, carnitas, al pastor, chorizo, and chicken, it can be difficult to find other variety, like lengua (beef tongue) or tripa (tripe). The lengua here has that melts-in-your-mouth quality that fans of the stuff look for in beef tongue.

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Sahara Restaurant and Grill
24770 Coolidge Hwy., Oak Park; 248-399-7744; newsahara.com
Right at the corner of 10 Mile Rd. and Coolidge Hwy, Sahara Restaurant & Grill dishes out a taste of the Mediterranean. Try the Sahara fries which are fries draped in chicken or beef shwarma and topped with tahini or Shahara Ranch 
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Sahara Restaurant and Grill

24770 Coolidge Hwy., Oak Park; 248-399-7744; newsahara.com

Right at the corner of 10 Mile Rd. and Coolidge Hwy, Sahara Restaurant & Grill dishes out a taste of the Mediterranean. Try the Sahara fries which are fries draped in chicken or beef shwarma and topped with tahini or Shahara Ranch

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LoLo Potluck 
3950 Rochester Rd., TroyThe one place in metro Detroit that trades in Egyptian cuisine, LoLo Potluck is a small shop that holds a few tables and does a lot of carryout business. The menu holds plenty of the kebabs and shawarmas that you're used to seeing at metro Detroit's Lebanese restaurants. However there are slightly Egyptian twists in each one.
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LoLo Potluck

3950 Rochester Rd., Troy

The one place in metro Detroit that trades in Egyptian cuisine, LoLo Potluck is a small shop that holds a few tables and does a lot of carryout business. The menu holds plenty of the kebabs and shawarmas that you're used to seeing at metro Detroit's Lebanese restaurants. However there are slightly Egyptian twists in each one.

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Lao Pot
32707 John R Rd., Madison Heights; 248-689-9888; thekungfunoodlehouse.com
Opened in 2020, Lao Pot offers a selection of greatest hits from China's regional styles with a variety of broths at varying levels of spice levels. 
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Lao Pot

32707 John R Rd., Madison Heights; 248-689-9888; thekungfunoodlehouse.com

Opened in 2020, Lao Pot offers a selection of greatest hits from China's regional styles with a variety of broths at varying levels of spice levels.

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Veg-O-Rama
44930 Ford Rd., CantonAt this vegetarian international “street food” restaurant, the bulk of the items on the menu hold Indian flavors, but the restaurant gets a little more “international” with dishes like a Cuban sandwich and pierogi. All but four of the items on the menu are vegan, and the restaurant’s main attractions are its vegan burgers.
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Veg-O-Rama

44930 Ford Rd., Canton

At this vegetarian international “street food” restaurant, the bulk of the items on the menu hold Indian flavors, but the restaurant gets a little more “international” with dishes like a Cuban sandwich and pierogi. All but four of the items on the menu are vegan, and the restaurant’s main attractions are its vegan burgers.

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Chao Zhou
31682 John R Rd., Madison Heights; 248-588-6828; micasakb.com/chaozhoumadisonheights
Chao Zhou certainly has Americanized Cantonese dishes on its menu — cashew chicken, chow mein — and they are cheaper. But if you turn to the Chef's Special pages at the back, you'll also find more authentic Cantonese food options.
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Chao Zhou

31682 John R Rd., Madison Heights; 248-588-6828; micasakb.com/chaozhoumadisonheights

Chao Zhou certainly has Americanized Cantonese dishes on its menu — cashew chicken, chow mein — and they are cheaper. But if you turn to the Chef's Special pages at the back, you'll also find more authentic Cantonese food options.

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Athens Sovlaki
21738 W. 11 Mile Rd., Southfield; 248-356-6463; athenssouvlaki.comLocated in Harvard Row Mall, Athen's Souvlaki serves all of our Greek favorites. Saganaki, gyros, and chicken kebabs scratch the surface of this full menu.
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Athens Sovlaki

21738 W. 11 Mile Rd., Southfield; 248-356-6463; athenssouvlaki.com

Located in Harvard Row Mall, Athen's Souvlaki serves all of our Greek favorites. Saganaki, gyros, and chicken kebabs scratch the surface of this full menu.

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Ima
32203 John R. Rd., Madison Heights; 248-781-0131; imanoodles.com
With locations in Corktown, Midtown, and Madison Heights, you can get your Ima fix very readily and steam-ily. OK — that may not be a word, but Ima has an eclectic yet refined menu with things like spicy fried chicken — and tofu — sandwiches, Asian-inspired tacos, ramen, and pho. Oh, and yes, Ima offers vegan and gluten-free pho options.
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Ima

32203 John R. Rd., Madison Heights; 248-781-0131; imanoodles.com

With locations in Corktown, Midtown, and Madison Heights, you can get your Ima fix very readily and steam-ily. OK — that may not be a word, but Ima has an eclectic yet refined menu with things like spicy fried chicken — and tofu — sandwiches, Asian-inspired tacos, ramen, and pho. Oh, and yes, Ima offers vegan and gluten-free pho options.

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Jamaican Pot
14615 Eight Mile Rd., Detroit
At this vegetarian friendly restaurant that uses all fresh ingredients, you will find what could be some of the city's healthiest Jamaican fare. Notably, the Jamaican Pot’s steamed cabbage somehow remains crunchy and is complex for such a simple side. Among the top dishes are the curry goat and the fricassee chicken with veggies in a brown gravy of garlic, onions, scallions, and thyme. The restaurant also offers a full line of desserts like the Upside Down Pineapple Brownie, and fresh juices.
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Jamaican Pot

14615 Eight Mile Rd., Detroit

At this vegetarian friendly restaurant that uses all fresh ingredients, you will find what could be some of the city's healthiest Jamaican fare. Notably, the Jamaican Pot’s steamed cabbage somehow remains crunchy and is complex for such a simple side. Among the top dishes are the curry goat and the fricassee chicken with veggies in a brown gravy of garlic, onions, scallions, and thyme. The restaurant also offers a full line of desserts like the Upside Down Pineapple Brownie, and fresh juices.

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Phulkari Punjabi
27707 Dequindre Rd., Madison HeightsLocated on Dequindre Road just across the street from Davenport University, this newly renovated Indian eatery honors traditional Indian cuisine while providing a comfortable, modern environment to keep your eating experience bright and lively. Their extensive menu offers countless Indian dishes including vegetarian options.
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Phulkari Punjabi

27707 Dequindre Rd., Madison Heights

Located on Dequindre Road just across the street from Davenport University, this newly renovated Indian eatery honors traditional Indian cuisine while providing a comfortable, modern environment to keep your eating experience bright and lively. Their extensive menu offers countless Indian dishes including vegetarian options.

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