Middle eastern markets around Providence?
I think the colder weather makes me want food from warm climates, and I'm craving middle eastern food. I've been to Hallak on Mineral Spring Ave. in North Providence, and just noticed Helen's Bakery on Charles St. in North Providence. Are there other places to explore?
The Middle Eastern Market on Reservoir Ave is closed. It's now a Japanese market.
@ awurrlu: Rolfe Square is the intersection on Park Ave across from the Cranston Town Hall (about 2 blocks east of Reservoir ave).
And I can also recommend Sam's Bakery on Flint Street in Fall River. Tiny little place, but they make the best fresh pitas, spinach and feta pies, and meat pies (all on pitas from their brick oven). Also a fridge with nice cheeses, and a shelf of Lebanese spices, olive oil, grape leaves etc. They are closed on Mondays, and open every other day from 5am to 1:30pm.
Thanks for the tips on the stores in Norwood. I am definitely going to check those out.
Although not in Providence, if you are like me, you use these posts for ideas around you. Saed's is a great middle eastern market in New London, CT on Ocean Avenue, just south of L&M Hospital. Also, a new middle eastern deli and restaurant (The Pita Spot) opened recently on the Stonington side of Mystic, CT on Route 1 near Mystic Market (another great food and prepared food store!!). I haven't been to The Pita Spot, friends have said it has a great decore and good food.
re: Otto of Ledyard
So, I suppose I should have waited to make the above post, but I went to The Pita Spot tonight for dinner. Excellent middle eastern food!! I had the combination schwarma (chicken and lamb) and it was fantastic! Very tender, on a bed of rice, with a choice of sauces...I had the garlic sauce which wasn't easy on the garlic. My wife had the Kibbe which was very tasty, with a stronger hint of cinnamon than others I have had and was very enjoyable. The Pita Spot is BYOB (with an easy $3 corkage fee) and very beautiful. If you are looking for good middle eastern/greek food, I strongly recommend it! Great desserts, too!
Halak Middle Eastern Market on Mineral Spring is good, but no halal meats. Good falafel and kibbeh on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Jerusalem Market on Rolfe Square has fresh lamb cut as requested, comes in every Thursday afternoon, halal, and other middle eastern goods, smaller than Hallak on mineral spring.
540 Chalkstone Avenue
pita made in house
Sonia's Near East Market and Deli
816 Park Avenue
Middle Eastern Market
if you don't mind traveling a bit, say about 35 miles north there's
13 Cottage Street East
Saab's Mediterranean Market
1001 Providence Highway (next to Job Lot
both offer a wide selection of freshly prepared foods, halal meats and pantry items
better than any place you'll find in providence
I highly recommend Cedar but usually visit both when in the area
well worth the trip from providence