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By Isaac Robinson on December 15, 2014

The Country Chicken Restaurant is one of the best spots for Middle Eastern food in the Detroit area. The menu includes great salads, chicken dishes (Tawook, Shawarma, and boneless chicken) and raw juices.

I have been going there for over 20 years. The cozy spot in east Dearborn, Michigan with the freshly baked warm bread was a favorite of the late Marty Slobin, legendary University of Michigan-Dearborn political science professor. A number of Slobin’s students at U of M-Dearborn loved the place back in the day too including the Al-Awamleh brothers, Masoud, Caled and Ashraf. To this day, I meet up from time to time with Masoud at the Country to discuss political affairs. The boneless chicken still tastes as good as it did when we were students of the great Marty Slobin in the 90s.

Yesterday, my mother Detroit State Representative Rose Mary C. Robinson enjoying the Country's golden brown fries declared, “the Country has the best fries, consistently the best.” Mom’s typical order includes a bowl of lentil soup, meat grape leaves and the fries.

She commented, “they use the highest quality potatoes. Cut them the right way. This takes me back to my roots in Philadelphia. The way my father would cook them.”

From the Wing Ding appetizers, to the Tilapia, to their Falafel, all of the Country's food is delicious.

As Rep. Robinson and I finished our meal at the Country on Saturday night, Masoud and his youngest son Abraham appeared from the other room. Masoud gave us his analysis of the mid-term elections. We laughed about past political campaigns. We set up a date in January to discuss preparation for the 2016 elections, at the Country of course. Political strategy sessions are always more fun with the Country's top-notch garlic sauce (it can go on almost anything).

If your travels take you to southeastern Michigan, add Country Restaurant to your list.


Country Restaurant is located at
5131 Schaefer Road, Dearborn, MI 48126 between Ford Road and Michigan Avenue.

By Angelo Lopez on December 10, 2014

A few weeks ago the Progressive Christian facebook group had an interesting discussion on the progressivism in the Bible. Someone asked the members of the group what they thought were the most progressive books in the Bible, also what were the least progressive books in the Bible. His question elicited a lot of enthusiastic responses from the group. Among the responses for the most progressive Biblical chapters in the New Testament were James, the gospel of Luke and John, Revelations and Paul's early writings. In the Old Testament, the various members recommended Amos, Isaiah, and the prophets and the Wisdom literature as being the most progressive. There was a general agreement that Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Numbers were the least progressive Old Testament chapters. Timothy and Paul's later writings were considered the least progressive New Testament passages. When I have the time I enjoy reading the discussions of the group, as I learn a lot of stuff that I didn't know before. Since Christmas is coming up, I thought I'd explore the gospel of Luke and see what makes it so progressive in many progressive Christian minds.

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