Review: Aladdin's is cozy, affordable
Aladdin's Middle Eastern Restaurant is located at 300 N. Clippert St. in the Frandor Shopping Center on Lansing's east side. Photo from the Aladdin's website
By Jonah Unger
Aladdin's Middle Eastern Restaurant is located at 300 N. Clippert St. on Lansing’s east side, and has been a family-owned restaurant for 26 years.
The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It closes at 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Aladdin’s has great and friendly service. The staff is willing to answer any questions regarding food and restaurant history. Although it does not claim to have the fanciest of dining areas, it is an overall comfortable environment.
There is a wide variety of food, ranging from smoothies and pastries to chicken and lamb. Certain dishes may be an acquired taste, but for me it did not disappoint.
To start off with, I ordered hummus and pita bread. I was given nine large pieces of pita and a plate of hummus decorated with spices for $4.99. That was enough to fill me up, and it was just a starter.
I then ordered a lamb kabob sandwich, which was $7.99. I will say it was not my favorite. That being said I did enjoy it, and I believe the sandwich was high quality, just not for my taste.
When I was finished I boxed up my leftovers and bought a few pieces of baklava on my way out.
It was a comfortable eating experience and my waitress was very kind. I felt as if I could have stayed as long as I wanted instead of being rushed. Aladdin’s is not a high-class restaurant, and doesn’t try to be. The staff knows where it stands, and it stands strong.
If you enjoy trying new things and not burning a hole in your wallet, then I recommend Aladdin’s.