Hidden Gems: Middle Eastern Bakery & Grocery

My last post was about a Gem of a restaurant in Andersonville that I just recently tried.  I figured it was also about time I wrote about another gem in the neighborhood that I’ve been frequenting for over a year now!

Just around the corner from Andersonville’s main Clark Street strip, and with a fairly non-descript store-front, I had lived a few blocks away from this store for months before I noticed it.  After my first shopping trip here, I was so excited about my discovery, I made several phone calls on the short walk home because I simply had to tell my friends and family about this neat shop… Middle Eastern Bakery & Grocery!

 

This small store’s shelves are overflowing with a huge variety of things that I love: a perfect mix of Authentic Middle Eastern Foods and Super Foods (and in many cases, those two categories overlap).  

The shelves below are overflowing with various types of Legumes, Grains, Nuts, and Seeds: Red, Yellow, or Green Lentils.  At least three different sizes of Cous Cous. Fava Beans.  Pistachios.  Almonds – Raw, or covered in chocolate.  Other similar shelves are full of Coffees, Teas, Spices, and Candies.

 

How many other small stores carry the super foods Chia Seeds and Goji Berries along with exotic Pomegranate Syrup and Date Syrup (and at very reasonable prices too)?

 

Where else can you stock up on Steel Cut Oats, Ground Flax Seeds, and Organic Quinoa…

  

…and also buy the spices Za’atar (one of my favorites!) and Sumac in bulk?  And have you ever had Green Wheat before?

  

It’s quite common for something interesting from this shop to make it into the boxes I send to my Foodie Pen Pals.  Like the Hazelnut-Wafer candy bar I sent to Xenia, and the Green Barley I sent to Dara.

Unfortunately, for Foodie Pen-Pals I was only able to send the non-perishable goodies, because this store has an amazing cold-case full of homemade goodies.

Good luck deciding which flavor of hummus to try (Black Olive, Fresh Dill, Ginger, Pesto, Roasted Red Pepper, Sun-dried Tomato…) – a decision complicated even further when you also consider the array of sauces, dips & spreads (Olive tapenades, Parsley-Tahini Sauce, Marinated Fava Beans…) 

And in the bakery, you’ll find ample fresh pita or pita chips for dipping, along with treats like the beautiful Spanikopita below.

 

There are so many yummy goodies there, it’s impossible to pop in for ‘just one thing’ without buying a dozen more…

Here’s a peek into one of my shopping hauls: candied lemon zest & candied kiwis, frozen fava beans & artichokes, coconut date rolls, canned hummus (pretty tasty!), Lentil Soup, and the pastries, chips, & dips pictured immediately above)

I’d love to hear from you!

What product would you want to try from this store?

Do you have any interesting grocery stores in your area?