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Looking for fab Middle Eastern Markets...

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Someone help!
When I lived in North Jersey there was a plethora of small, family owned Middle Eastern food markets with fresh fresh spices, halal meats, veggies, pastries, and more.

We've been in the B'more for a while now, and though I've found those great Asian mega-stores, and a few comparable Indo-Pak shops, I've struck out on Middle Eastern and Greek markets.

The gas back ot NJ is killing me!!! Any ideas??

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  1. If you're in Baltimore or south, you might try Sizar's Food Mart in Columbia. It is a 13-year-old store with an amazing variety of stuff from Greece to the Middle East. Much of the shelves are packaged goods, spices, canned goods, etc. There is also breads, a display of pastries, a tiny produce selection, and a bunch of freezers with meat, prepared foods, pastries, etc. There are also smaller places in Ellicott City (Caspian Supermarket) and in Laurel (Aladdin).

    If you do to Sizar's, definitely try the pistachio nougat. Not cheap, but delicious.

    This is a link to posts about Sizar's (with the profile at the bottom): http://howchow.blogspot.com/search/la...

    This is a link to a list of ethnic and organic markets in Howard County and has links to Aladdin and Caspian: http://howchow.blogspot.com/2008/01/b...

    1. Lebanese Taverna Market on Lee Hwy. in Arlington, VA has lots of middle eastern ingredients. They could lead you to markets in that area. There is a halal market in Falls Church, but I don't have any more details. The new Lebanese Taverna restaurant in Harbor East might be able to give you ideas and sources, too. Good luck!

      1. Baltimore Halal Meat and Grocery -- 2024 N. Charles Street (I have not been, but have heard good things about it). There's also a place just west of the Waverly Farmers Market on 33rd Street, though possibly that's one of the Indo-Pak places you mentioned.

        Greek is whole different kettle of fish, no pun intended. Many speak highly of Prima Foods, on the east side in Highlandtown. I have had food from there (it has a wholesale as well as a retail operation), but have never been personally.

        Perhaps you could report back on the results?

        As for Greek,

        1. Baltimore Ethnic food stores from Univ of Balt

          http://www.ubalt.edu/template.cfm?pag...

          Greek

          * Atlantic Foods -- 7810 Harford Road, 410-668-9722
          Greek and Italian cheeses, olive oil, Kalamata olives, pastas and breads.
          * Greek Town Bakery and Deli -- 47 Eastern Avenue, 410-276-8052
          Greek, Italian and Spanish olives, breads, pastries and cakes.
          * Greek Village Bakery -- 4 711 Eastern Avenue, 410-675-8155
          Greek, Italian and Spanish rum flavored cakes, baklava and cheeses.
          * Prima Foods -- 51 Kane Street, 410-633-5500
          Array of cheeses and olives, fresh breads and pastas, spices from Greece, frozen phyllo pies and pastries.

          Prima foods pg

          http://www.primafoodsinc.com/index.asp

          retail food store
          Prima Foods Inc., located in Baltimore, MD, sells retail food products at wholesale prices. We daily serve quality foods to the general public and are known as the best Greek food store in town.