THIS RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED.
I also had to try the oddly named Fordsun Burger. I was told it would include 2 kinds of cheese, peppers and onions. Around here when you’re told a burger will have peppers on it you expect to find jalapenos or maybe roasted red bell pepper but this was green bell pepper and there were also mushrooms. It was served on a large sesame seeded bun, a thin meat patty, nicely seared on both sides, and underneath the patty lettuce plus dollops of ketchup and mayo. I can abide a little bit of mayo on a burger but ketchup is a real no-no and if I had known it was going to be included I would have asked for it to be left off. With all the grease from the sauteed vegetables and the mayo and ketchup providing lubrication, this proved to be a very slippery-slidey burger. Next time I'll be sure about all the ingredients when ordering a burger. The Fordsun came with a generous side of french fries, perhaps as much as half a pound.
This burger perhaps gives a clue to the provenance of this little sandwich shop with the unique menu and breads. Googling for the name you’ll find yourself looking at several listings in Dearborn, MI, the home of Ford Motor Co., which once upon a time made farm tractors. In their later years of production they carried the Ford nameplate but in the beginning, in the early part of the last century, they were known as Fordsuns. There is a Fordsun High School in Dearborn and also a Fordsun Halal Meat Market and a Fordsun Bakery. Fordsun High was the subject of a documentary a few years back chronicling the exploits of its all Arab-American football team and another thing Dearborn is notable for is a huge population of Middle Eastern immigrants, said to be the largest outside of the Middle East. Dearborn is also said to be home to a bevy of good Middle Eastern restaurants. I Googled on some of the unusual sandwich names at Mido also and found a couple of small sandwich shops in Dearborn with similar menu items including Kamikaze subs but no Fordsun Burger.
Mido is a one man show but the man who runs it turns out the orders quickly and efficiently. There is a small, clean, well-lit dining area with four tables but otherwise pretty much bereft of adornment; most other customers I’ve encountered have been doing take-out. The rotisserie chickens have to be ordered in advance (allow forty minutes) and there is also a baked whole tilapia dish with ‘special rice,’ not listed on the menu but pictured on the menu board, which has to be ordered in advance. The store is open 7 days a week starting at 12 Noon.
The printed menu has some different spellings than the menu board - Mekane, for instance, becomes Mekanek, a reference to the Lebanese sausage. Some of the items, including most of the juices and smoothies, the Kishta plates and the ‘Liver Chicken’ sandwich are not being offered currently due to the perishable ingredients necessary and the as yet very small customer base.
Prices and dishes may, of course, differ at the restaurant.