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Dining Out: Vegetarian Grape Leaves and Falafel Sandwiches

This weekend, we visited my parents and had take-out from Country Chicken Restaurant. Wait, I know what you’re thinking….why on earth would a vegan eat at a place called Country Chicken Restaurant? Country is actually a Middle Eastern restaurant so you can’t let the name throw you. I originally found out about the restaurant from my college professor Mr.Mustafa . He assured me they had vegetarian items and he was right! They have a small but delicious vegetarian selection. In my personal opinion, they have the best fattoush salad in all of Dearborn. I’ve mentioned this before, Dearborn has a large Arabic population and MANY Middle Eastern restaurants.

We each had some fattoush, a falafel sandwich, and we split an order of vegetarian grape leaves. My parents did not eat vegan food (except the fattoush) but since they were footing the bill, I’m not going to complain. LOL Although we had take-out this time, we’ve eaten there many times. They recently remodeled the restaurant too. I also like that Country is reasonably priced. Even my grandma thinks so. If a 95-year-old woman thinks it’s a good deal, you know it must be true!

You can tell we ate at my parents’ house because of Blue Willow dishes pictured.

Grape Leaves (we split them):

Vegetarian Grape Leaves

Rob’s Falafel Sandwich:

Rob's Falafel Sandwich

Country is located at 5131 Schaefer Rd. (between Michigan Ave. and Ford Rd.) in Dearborn, MI.

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  • Aurora's Mom October 9, 2006, 11:36 am

    Mmmm…that sammich looks yummy! What do they stuff grape leaves with?

  • rachel October 9, 2006, 1:12 pm

    I have had such a craving for stuffed grape leaves lately! This isn’t helping!

  • bazu October 9, 2006, 1:36 pm

    Emmy, your middle eastern meal sounds fantastic! What a coincidence- we had middle eastern this past weekend, too. We split a meze dinner of hummus, baba ganoush, grape leaves, felafel, and pita bread. Their baba ganoush is the best, but I wish I could have had some fatoush with you. I’m glad your parents and grandma love it too!

  • K October 9, 2006, 10:45 pm

    Names are sometimes deceiving, aren’t they? “Vegan Diva” and “KleoPatra” attest to that as well. You got a great meal, how fantastic, Emmy! And as always, your grandma ROCKS! 🙂 Love the dishware at your folks’ place as well… ~Karen

  • vicki October 10, 2006, 12:10 am

    i’ve never heard of fattoush salad — what’s it like? and the grape leaves & falafel look so good!

  • johanna3 October 10, 2006, 8:41 am

    they look extra yummy! that falafel looks so good!

  • vegandiva October 10, 2006, 8:50 am

    Aurora’s Mom, the grape leaves are stuffed with a mixture of rice, tomatoes, parsley, olive oil, a little bit of mint, and a few other spices I’m not sure about. I like the ones I get at this restaurant because they’re not super oily. Have you added any Fire King to your collection yet?

    Rachel, ha ha, that happens to me too, I’ve got a craving for something and someone always just happens to blog about it. Funny how that happens 🙂

    Bazu, I would have loved to shared some fattoush with you. Their fattoush is soooo good. Your Middle Eastern meal sounds so delicious…I love baba ganoush. I always dip my falafel into it. You’re going to love the post I do next month about the wedding celebration Rob and I had in 2003. It was 70 guests at a Middle Eastern restaurant (all vegan food). I will probably post about it during the first week of November as our anniversary is Nov. 5.

    Karen, you’re right on about names sometimes being deceiving. If it wasn’t for my college professor, I would have never stopped there. I’ll take the compliment on my mom’s dishes…we bought them for her as a gift several years ago 😀

    Vicki, Fattoush is like a Middle Eastern house salad. It’s usually a mixuture of lettuce, cucubmers, tomatoes, onions, and toasted pita bread in a fabulous dressing. It’s the only salad dressing I will eat. It’s bascially a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, sumac, somtimes garlic and mabye a few other spices/ingredients I’m not entirely sure about. I’ve tried several fattoush dressing recipes at home but still haven’t been able to recreate one that I like better than the restaurants.

  • Nikki October 10, 2006, 11:16 am

    I *LOVE* Middle Eastern food! We used to have the best place about a mile from my house. A good bit of their menu was veg and it was totally delicious. They had the best fattoush & red lentil soup EVER. Unfortunately the lease ran out on their location and they had to move…and they ended up moving to the MIT campus and only sell sandwiches and kababs now.

  • Sara October 10, 2006, 4:16 pm

    I had a falafel sandwich for lunch out this weekend. It had carrots, red peppers and pickled asparagus. Delicious.

  • Vivacious Vegan October 21, 2006, 1:35 am

    I really wish dolmas were easier to make because I love them. I used to work with this woman who would always bring them in and I just couldn’t get enough.