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May 22, 2008 02:16 PM

Middle Eastern and Greek markets in SF?

Just moved to SF. Looking for good Middle Eastern and Greek markets for spices (sumac, ras el hanout, zatar) and other basics - olives, phyllo, feta - the usual stuff.

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  1. The two Middle Eastern markets I know of are within a couple of blocks of each other in the Tenderloin. There's a Greek market on Mission near 19th and another way down Mission in Daly City. If you're ever in Berkeley, check out Indus Foods.

    Hellenic American Imports
    2365 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Greek Imports
    6524 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014

    Indus Village Restaurant
    1920 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

    Queen of Sheba
    1100 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA

    Salama Halal Meat
    604 Geary St, San Francisco, CA

    1. Samiramis has a lot of good Greek and Middle Eastern foods. Haig's Delicacies has them to a lesser extent (it does not identify as a specifically Greek or Middle Eastern store).

      Samiramis Imports
      2990 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Haig's Delicacies
      642 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

      1. Welcome! I agree with Robert's suggestions, but Hellenic American Imports and Greek Imports in Daly City don't have a ton in the way of food and spices. But if you're looking for Greek CDs or movies, they are pretty good choices! ;-)

        I get almost all my Middle Eastern and Greek spices/fbasics at two markets in the Sunset District - Parkside Market on Taraval and 16th, and 22nd & Irving Market.

        For feta, you can't beat the price at Costco for good French feta, but the markets mentioned above carry Greek, domestic, Bulgarian and French at good prices.

        I get my ras el hanout from Bi-Rite in the mission - a great independent market you should know about.

        Other good markets that are not specifically Middle Eastern or Greek but have much of what you're be looking for include Rainbow Grocery and Andronico's.