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Middle Eastern Grocery in LA and San Diego

kellaz Sep 10, 2009 11:15 AM

Hey all... Where can I find some stores that sell middle eastern type food? preferably Egyptian - In both LA and San Diego? Looking for spices/dried food/cheeses as well as fresh produce.

Thanks in advance!

  1. honkman Sep 10, 2009 05:29 PM

    It is not specific for Egyptian food but you can get quite a lot of middle eastern items at Balboa International Market. I also like their hot food their which is very good:


    1. The Chowhound Team Sep 10, 2009 05:16 PM

      Please start a separate thread on the Los Angeles board to continue your quest for middle eastern groceries, so that locals in the L.A. area can help you out. We will be removing any L.A. focused replies from this thread.


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        stangoldsmith Sep 10, 2009 05:12 PM

        There's one on University Ave, I think this is the address:

        Arabic Produce Market

        Category: Grocery [Edit]
        Neighborhood: City Heights
        4869 University Ave
        San Diego, CA 92105
        (619) 283-4493

        They have all the basics and sometimes make fresh food (when I was there they were making some samboosa and kibbeh!)

        I don't know the exact address but found this one online and know that it's on university avenue near 40th or so, call them to be sure.

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        1. re: stangoldsmith
          stangoldsmith Sep 13, 2009 10:14 PM

          sorry, it's on el cajon blvd, the one I refer to above:


          Near East Foods
          4 star rating
          based on 1 review

          Categories: Grocery, Ethnic Food
          Neighborhood: City Heights
          4595 El Cajon Blvd
          San Diego, CA 92115
          (619) 284-6361

          1. re: stangoldsmith
            Ed Dibble Sep 14, 2009 06:48 AM

            OP should probably try this place along with North Park Produce. It doesn't have the range and selection of North Park (where there are like 8 types of feta), but is more focused on Near East products

        2. Divamac Sep 10, 2009 04:26 PM

          North Park Produce on El Cajon Blvd. in SD had a good selection of middle eastern foods including a good spice selection and about a dozen different feta cheeses. Their dried food selection is good as well (grains, nuts, dried fruits). Despite their name, I don't rely on them for produce except for fresh herbs. I find a lot of the produce to be past its prime, so you have to choose wisely. But the prices are excellent.

          There is another location in Poway that I have not been to. My favorite was Vine Ripe in La Mesa, but it has closed. I heard here that they were reopening, but no word on a date.

          Any specific items you are looking for?

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          1. re: Divamac
            kellaz Sep 11, 2009 10:15 AM

            awesome... thank you. No specific items. My husband and I are visiting San Diego. He's originally from Egypt and where we live now it is hard to find Egyptian/Lebanese type foods and ingredients. We were hoping to come across a store where he would see products he remembers his mom cooking with when he was a kid. She would be thrilled if we could find and bring back some items she used to use back in Egypt.

          2. j
            JeffSD Sep 10, 2009 04:13 PM

            Try Wholesome Choice in Irvine and Anaheim Hills. It's the Whole Foods of middle eastern groceries. A pretty amazing place.


            1. heredia76 Sep 10, 2009 12:14 PM

              there are plenty.. google Halal san diego and you will find...

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