2941 Street Food Where to find "delicious" on a map
2941 Street Food
4219 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201
- Neighborhood: Midtown
- Price Level:
- Vegetarian Options
- Cards Accepted
- Website: http://2941streetfood.com/
If you wanted to find “delicious” on a map, you’d follow the 29th parallel until you found yourself precisely 41 degrees east of the Prime Meridian.
It’s from this location, approximately in northern Saudi Arabia, where the new Midtown eatery 2941 Street Food gets its name. Opening today, the fast-casual restaurant serves Mediterranean and Middle Eastern grub with a focus on humble street food.
It’s not just one type of cuisine served at 2941. The coordinates put you smack in the middle of a region which includes Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Libya and Egypt. And the menu here takes inspiration from each of these countries. Although they might sound exotic, the flavors are very approachable (think mild grilled chicken, fluffy rice and salads splashed with zesty, light vinaigrettes). At the same time, if you want to branch out and try something new there’s plenty to choose from.
You build your own meal from a customizable selection of salads, sandwiches and rice bowls (“honest bowls”). Seriously, there are a lot of choices. We could eat here every day for weeks without getting bored.
The sandwiches are actually made with samoon, an Iraqi bread that’s baked in a stone oven like a pizza crust. It can be loaded up with herb and bubbly, melted cheese, or split open and made into a perfect little sando picket. You can also get the samoon as chips which are excellent for dipping into some freshly made hummus.
If you want to sample a little of everything, go for the Bazaar Meal which is a nine-compartment platter. This is a good size for sharing. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, order a mini bowl which is a smaller portion that’s just right for a quick lunch.
Once you’ve decided on your vessel, choose a protein. We’re fans of the zataar paprika skirt steak, marinated in a herb blend before sizzling on the grill. The flavors of sumac, thyme and sesame permeate the meat. You could also choose from five-grain falafel – with its crispy exterior and soft, warm middle – grilled tandoori chicken, marinated Aleppo pepper pork, or their signature lamb sausage seasoned with ras-el-hanout then sauteed with peppers and onions.
Then, you drizzle on the sauce. The sauces are really what make this place awesome. Choose from chili tahini, sweet and spicy harissa, garlic sauce, red pepper chutney, tandoori, date-cardamom BBQ, lemon basil labne (yogurt sauce), and an amba aioli made with tangy pickled mangoes. We’re suckers for a good garlic sauce, but you really can’t go wrong with any of 2941’s flavor-packed condiments.
Finish off your sammy, bowl or salad with a sampling from the smorgasbord of pickled veggies, called torshi. Our favorite is the Persian cucumber salad. The sweet, seedless little cukes have a thin skin similar to an English cucumber. Feel free to add on more than one veg if you can’t decide. Then stop by the next day and create something completely new. Eat and repeat.
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