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Apr 10, 2011 04:33 PM

Middle Eastern Grocery St. Louis

Hi all,

My husband is looking for a middle eastern grocery in the St. Louis area. He is in particular looking for Halava (hope I spelled that correctly!). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


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  1. The best international groceries in St. Louis are owned by the same family. Global Food on Kirkwood Road in Kirkwood (if you're not from here, that's what Lindbergh Blvd. is called as it goes through Kirkwood) and Jay Foods on South Grand in St. Louis proper. I promise you both places have halvah. While the one on South Grand is in an older building and a little more cluttered (it's the first of the two), it's also across the street from a Middle Eastern market and restaurant. Your choice. The choices at either of the two stores is pretty stunning, more than 35,000 different things at the Kirkwood store and probably nearly that many on Grand.

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    1. re: lemons

      all of these places are great, the ME market across Grand from Jay does a masterful falafel sandwich I think Juniata is the cross, Jay is a zoo on Sunday but parking lots on both sides.

      and I think Halvah is what you're looking for, sometimes found in a few flavors or marbled. a nut paste.

      1. re: hill food

        Thanks for the suggestions. I will pass those along to him. Out of curiosity I looked up the seems there are many. Of course, makes sense since it's being translated from a language/languages that have completely different alphabets.

        From Wiki: Halva (or halawa, haleweh, ħelwa, halvah, halava, helava, helva, halwa, aluva, chalva, chałwa) refers to......

        Thanks again for the help!

        1. re: julieh1968

          I had a college professor once who had tried it for the first time and he told us, "I think it was called hala-fah, or havella or something, but it tasted like it had five million calories. Per speck."

    2. My two favorites:

      The Vine Mediterranean Cafe and Market, 3171 South Grand
      Taj Market, 3301 Humphrey

      Taj Restaurant
      654 N 114th St, Omaha, NE 68154

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      1. re: JoeyH

        The link to a restaurant in Omaha is obviously faulty. The linking system on this site sometimes leaves a bit to be desired.

        Taj Market
        3301 Humphrey St, St Louis, MO 63118

      2. Halava is very common amongst the Jewish culture and can be purchased at Protzels Deli and I believe at Simon Kohn's.