Restaurants and bars surround the Woodward Avenue and 9 Mile Road intersection in Ferndale, a Detroit suburb about 11 miles from the Motor City’s downtown. One of those restaurants is Anita’s Kitchen, a family-owned Lebanese eatery.

Knowing my love of Lebanese cuisine, my friend Monica suggested we meet at Anita’s Kitchen for lunch. Hoping to miss some of the Friday lunch crowd, we planned to meet at 1 p.m. Yet, we arrived to find the dining room full and the tiny waiting area jam-packed. Despite the crowd, we were seated shortly after arriving, and I dare say our meal was well worth the brief wait.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience at Anita’s Kitchen and hope to eat here again. The flavors seemed true to traditional Lebanese fare though the restaurant has a more contemporary vibe. The menu features the quintessential favorites like kibbeh, kabobs, and shawarma. It also includes quite a few vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Restaurant Review: Anita’s Kitchen Serves Tasty Lebanese Food In Ferndale, Michigan

Anita's Kitchen Chicken Shawarma (Erin Klema/The Epicurean Traveler)

Anita’s Kitchen Chicken Shawarma (Erin Klema/The Epicurean Traveler)

Anita’s Kitchen: The Food

Once we were seated in dark wicker-like chairs in view of a large map of Lebanon and a case of delicious-looking desserts, Monica and I both began our meals with cups of soup. Monica selected the black bean soup topped with feta cheese. I had to try their lemon lentil. On a cold January day, a cup of flavorful soup had just the right amount of warmth and zest.

Chicken shawarma pita sandwiches each with a slice of pickle on the side came next. The lunch special of any pita sandwich paired with a cup of soup is a filling meal. All for under $10, too. The shawarma was a little greasy, but, in my opinion, that is to be expected. I really appreciated that it was just chicken and pickles — a shawarma pita really does not need extra veggies.

Though the menu reflects Lebanese flavors, there are also dishes — such as the salmon filet served with dill tahini sauce — that less adventurous diners may find appetizing. For vegetarians and diners who must eat gluten free, Anita’s Kitchen has plenty of options for you, too. In fact, the restaurant even lists its allergy menu on its website.

Anita's Kitchen chicken shawarma pita and Wango Tango smoothie (Erin Klema/The Epicurean Traveler)

Anita’s Kitchen chicken shawarma pita and Wango Tango smoothie (Erin Klema/The Epicurean Traveler)

Anita’s Kitchen: The Drinks

One of the features I like best about Anita’s Kitchen is the raw juice and smoothie menu. The menu lists some of the restaurant’s “favorites.” You can also create your own drink from a selection of fruits and vegetables. Monica’s Berries Over Beirut smoothie had strawberries, raspberries and blueberries in it. It looked tasty to me! I opted to add spinach to the sweet and refreshing Wango Tango smoothie mixed with strawberries, banana, raspberries and mango. So refreshing!

Anita's Kitchen Wango Tango smoothie (Erin Klema/The Epicurean Traveler)

Anita’s Kitchen Wango Tango smoothie (Erin Klema/The Epicurean Traveler)

Anita’s Kitchen: The Service

To be honest, we didn’t have all that much interaction with our waiter. However, the service was quite satisfactory. We ordered our meals without any issues, and they arrived in a timely fashion. After our plates were cleared, the bill arrived and disappeared without me even noticing.

Things To Know Before Dining At Anita’s Kitchen

  • Location: 22651 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220
  • Parking: No private parking lot. Limited number of metered spaces on the side street. Free two-hour parking in the neighborhood.
  • Price: Moderate
  • Kids’ menu available
  • Great for vegetarians, gluten-free diners, families, couples, friends
  • Halal meats available
  • Free WiFi
  • Soup & sandwich and soup & salad lunch specials for under $10 served until 4 p.m. daily
Restaurant Review: Anita's Kitchen in Ferndale, Michigan | The Epicurean Traveler

Restaurant Review: Anita’s Kitchen in Ferndale, Michigan | The Epicurean Traveler

I’d love to dine here again. Perhaps I’d split the vegetarian mezze platter and a bottle of wine with friends on the patio. Afterwards, we could walk to the nearby bars on 9 Mile. Sounds like a fun night in Ferndale, right?

Who is up for some baba ghanoush?