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Downtown/Midtown T.O. Middle Eastern Market?

GGTO2 Jan 26, 2008 05:16 PM

Any suggestions as to where to buy Middle Eastern ingredients/food without having to travel to Scarborough or North York? Thanks.

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    bogie Jan 26, 2008 05:31 PM

    There is a good little store on Balliol, 1/4 block in from Yonge. It's called Friends. They have a good selection of grocery, deli, dairy and bakery items from the Middle East at VERY reasonable prices. The people there are all super friendly too.

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      The Goddess Jan 27, 2008 08:14 AM

      Ararat, Avenue Rd @ Melrose, just BORDERline North York!

      1800 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

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        GGTO2 Feb 10, 2008 07:55 AM

        Apparently, no one in the core of the city cooks Middle Eastern cuisine! I guess those that are predicting Middle Eastern to be the "next big thing" in dining might be premature in their assessment.

        Thanks for the suggestions, though. Obviously I need to continue my treks to Scarborough.

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          s0rce Feb 10, 2008 12:40 PM

          Iqbal's is great.

          Iqbal Halal Foods
          51 Esandar Dr, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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            s0rce Feb 10, 2008 12:42 PM

            I actually meant this place

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              s0rce Feb 10, 2008 12:43 PM

              here is the link

              Iqbal Kebab
              2 Thorncliffe Park Dr, Toronto, ON M4H, CA

              1. re: s0rce
                JamieK Feb 10, 2008 02:14 PM

                There was actually an already existing Chow Place link for Iqbal's -

                Iqbal Kebab
                2 Thorncliffe Park Dr, Toronto, ON M4H, CA

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              GGTO2 Feb 12, 2008 11:07 PM

              Thanks for the input...although my recollection is that Iqbal specializes in Pakistani products, not Middle Eastern.

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