Don't underestimate this little grocery store—it's been featured in various magazines, newspapers and even on the radio. What's so special about Middle East Bakery and Grocery? "Everything we make here is fresh!" says the owner, Hisham Khalifeh. And while that might not stir up feelings of wonderment in you, one look at that freshness will have you antsy and eager.
You'll immediately see piles of breads—pita, kabul and challah the length of a really long arm—made right in the store, supported by a bakery tucked in the back that hocks pie pockets of spinach, meat, broccoli, artichokes, olives, eggplant and others, for about $1.50. There's also an extensive collection of tasty, fresh homemade dips like hummus and tzatziki.
The store has every spice you can think of, every nut you can name and every dried fruit from every corner of everywhere. It also has Middle Eastern ingredients like tahini (sesame seed paste), peanut oil, grape leaves and orange blossom water. The items in this grocery are reasonably priced and definitely cheaper than Whole Foods, who the grocery supplies in bulk.
Centerstage Reviewer: Steph Yiu