Markouk, esfiha, and other elusive Lebanese eats
- Raoul Duke
Anyone know of any Lebanese bakeries (or any other kind of bakery, for that matter) that sells markouk? It's a very thin flatbread, usually well over a foot in diameter. In some places it's known as marouk.
I'm also curious if anyone knows of a bakery or restaurant that sells esfiha (sometimes aka "sfiha"), a kind of Lebanese meat pie. This may be a stretch, but, double bonus points if anyone knows of any places that also have stuffed cousa (aka kousa, coosa, etc.).
I'm primarily looking for places in or around the city, if possible, since I don't have a car. I just googled the boards and didn't find much promising info. Hopefully somebody's got some new leads.
You might want to check out Fattoush on Church Street in Noe Valley. I know that the chefs or owners were/are Lebanese and served dishes that my Lebanese friend was very happy with. Their kanefe was very good. You might call them and ask if they have what you're looking for: (415) 641-0678
In the City, you might want to call Haig's Deli at 415-7526283 or visit them at 642 Clement.
On the Peninsula, I'm pretty sure that Al-Hana Foods has sfeeha and some of the other things you seek. The owners are Lebanese and have a very well-stocked deli-grocery. Tel. 650-3493300. They're at 25 37th Avenue, San Mateo. You can take the train down to the Hillsdale station and it's only a few blocks away--about 2 blocks south of the Barnes and Noble bookstore almost across the depot, and 1 block west. Incidentally, the glaceed apricots they sell are delicious, and even better with some cheese.)