I’ve been told Hamido is the “OG” spot for Arabic food in the area so I was excited when I finally went. I’ve been to my fair share of Arabic restaurants and Hamido doesn’t compare. Dearborn, MI is the mecca for Middle Eastern cuisine, and yet Hamido stands out. It’s casual, small, but not too small, and when you walk in, you get this enlightening vibe that you are about to experience something amazing. Theres this buzz happening at Hamido, the guys in the kitchen are cooking and preparing every ticket with consistent perfection and the servers are bringing out plate after plate of aromatic meals. I scanned the room and noticed each table really enjoying themselves, conversing with each other between bites of delicious, authentic, comfort food. I felt as though I was a part of Dearborn’s best kept secret, only it’s not a secret.
Hamido Special Plate (for 2 people): This appears on the menu as: Meat and Chicken Shawarma, Shish Kabab, Shish Tawook, Kafta, hommous, rice, and salad. But we order it with all meat and chicken shawarma, rice, pickles, tabouli, hommous, and all the garlic sauce and tahini you can dream of. Now, this heaping platter comes out containing a more than generous portion of meat and chicken, rice, and veggies. It’s rather obnoxious, but in the best way. My favorite is the beef. It’s tender, juicy and flavorful. The chicken is juicy as well and sliced super thin. The almond rice is different than other spots, it has an almost subtle sweetness that just works with the rest of the flavors.The best part? You get all this food for around $25. Oh, the leftovers!
I have two techniques for devouring this platter. When it first comes out, I just dig in. Taking fork fulls of juicy meat and onions, dipping each one into garlic sauce, scarfing it down. I am far too excited and anxious when the food is delivered and just have to taste it right away. Next, I take a piece of pita, open it up, and spread on a dollop of hommous, then layer on hefty portions of meat, onions, pickles, turnips, rice, tabouli, wrap it up and dip each bite into garlic sauce. I love Hamido’s garlic sauce because it’s fresh, but doesn’t punch you in the face with strong garlic taste. And the tabouli. It’s super fresh, bright, and healthy. You just feel good after eating this whole meal.
I’ve eaten Hamido twice since my first visit a few weeks ago and it gets better every time. It’s one of those places where the servers know every guest because everyone comes back. When a restaurant has repeat customers and regulars it speaks volumes to the kind of place it is. Hamido offers authentic Lebanese cuisine, quality ingredients, and good service. It’s a family operation, and they treat everyone that comes in like family. I’ve heard the rotisserie chicken is one of the best things on the menu. I plan on trying it one of these times, but it’s hard to deviate away from the Hamido Special Plate.
A big thank you to Joe for showing me this gem!!
Hamido•13251 W Warren Ave, Dearborn, MI•(313) 582-0660