On 11 February 2018, I've read an article by "Detroit Free Press" recognizing Sameer Eid the owner of a Lebanese Restaurant called Phoenicia as one of the best restaurateurs in Michigan. He's been in the business since 1971 four years before the start of the war in his country of origin Lebanon. When I woke this morning one of the first things that popped while checking my Facebook page a status by one of my hometown relatives. A very talented cook Dina Bayoud Kohl writer of "The Taste of Marjeyoun." Talked about her pride & honor for meeting Mr. Eid.
It's always a pleasure & moment of pride when a Lebanese shines outside and we have many. With Sameer, it's extra special for me because he's from my hometown and because food business is a passion of mine. Being a restaurateur been one of my dreams in the last ten years. What makes Mr. Eid an interesting personality in the food & hospitality business is that after 47 years he's still hands-on when managing his restaurant. As per the short video filmed by Detroit Free Press, it's all about having the perfect products for his place and it can only happen if he personally attends to it. As per his statement having a successful business especially in the hospitality sector you need to be yourself attending to the details. As quoted by Mr. Sameer Eid "I've been married for 41 years I have a mistress at home and a wife called Phoenicia." The latter statement might seem extreme and unfair to his wife but to succeed in a business and become synonymous with a city of the stature of Detroit it's not easy. One of the market owners where Sameer Eid picks his goods stated that Eid is a special treasure to Detroit.
It's been really amazing to know and write about the certain personality of the stature of Sameer Eid. He's not only a treasure to Detroit and Michigan, but to Lebanon and my hometown Marjeyoun. I hope the next time I visit the United States I could be able to go to Detroit and try Phoenicia myself as it seems an amazing restaurant.
Baby back ribs are an unusual menu item for a Lebanese restaurant but are the most popular dish at the Phoenicia in Birmingham. Restaurateur Sameer Eid created the dish for himself after being disappointed with the region's barbecue options. They were added to the menu after a regular customer noticed Eid and his family enjoying them one day at the restaurant. By Detroit Free Press (Photo: Marvin Shaouni, Special to the Free Press)