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A Whole New World (of Food)

By: Toni Cunningham | October 8, 2012

While eating out can be a treat, it can also be mundane. Frequenting the same restaurant each and every weekend can become tiresome and monotonous on the taste buds. While we all have our favorite Mexican cantina or Italian bistro close to home, it’s likely that many of us haven’t stepped out of our comfort zone to expand our culinary palates. Next date night, explore one of the following delectable cuisines in Metro Detroit:

Signs you’ve got a hankering for Ethiopian food…

The Blue Nile, 545 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale: Looking to surprise your honey with something other than the cliché dinner and a movie? The Blue Nile sticks to traditional Ethiopian customs, like eating off the same plate and sharing bread. The perfect place to dine for two, The Blue Nile serves up both meat and vegetarian dishes.

Mediterrano, 2900 State St., Ann Arbor: If you’re looking for authentic flavors made with only the freshest ingredients, this is the place for you. Indulge in one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, including Butternut Squash Ravioli and Herb and Mustard Roasted Rack of Lamb.

A Vietnamese meal might hit the spot…

Saigon Garden, 1220 South University Ave., Ann Arbor: Skip the phone and make a dine-in reservation online, or order your entire meal via the Web and have it delivered to your door. Popular items include Sesame Crispy Chicken, Shrimp in Curry Fried Rice, and Vietnamese Deluxe Beef Noodle Soup.

You could be secretly longing for Japanese food…

Shiro, 43180 W. 9 Mile Rd., Novi: Open for lunch and dinner, Shiro features a menu full of starters, sushi, sashimi and more. The restaurant’s specialty rolls range from the tame Crunchy California Roll to the more exotic Crunchy Eel Roll.

Indian food may be what you’re pining for…

Raja Rani, 400 South Division St., Ann Arbor: A menu chock full of exotic tastes and delectable flavors, Raja Rani serves up meals featuring blends of specially prepared spices. Try their authentic lunch buffet or Tandoori delicacies.

Middle Eastern fare could fit the bill…

Jerusalem Garden, 307 South 5th Ave., Ann Arbor: Head over to Ann Arbor’s oldest Middle Eastern restaurant for genuine fare including Chicken Shawarma, Shish Kabob plate, Falafel and more.

Perhaps you’re yearning for a Greek dish…

Pegasus, 558 Monroe St., Detroit: If an unforgettable meal is what you desire, head to Greektown. Be sure to try the restaurant’s tried and true favorite, Saganaki, for an appetizer, as well as popular entrees like Pastitsio and lamb chops for the main course.

Polish cuisine might fit your fancy…

Dobski’s, 6565 Cooley Lake Rd., Waterford: For over 50 years, Dobski’s has been dishing up traditional Polish meals to locals. In addition to the regular cuisine of Pierogi, stuffed cabbage and meatballs, there are several vegetarian and gluten-free items on the menu.

You may have an appetite for Thai…

Little Bangkok, 545 Forest Ave., Plymouth: A family owned restaurant located in the center of Downtown Plymouth, Little Bangkok serves up authentic Asian dishes like Sesame Chicken, Yum Apple and Potato Curry. Whether you dine in or take out, Little Bangkok is a casual restaurant with nothing but traditional flavors.

No Thai, 1317 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor: Craving rice and spice but can’t bear to tear yourself away from the TV? No problem. Get No Thai delivered straight to your doorstep. Choose from a variety of stir-fries, noodles and fried rice, then add your protein and spice level, and you’ve got a delicious meal to accompany your lazy night at home.