Favorite middle eastern in Patterson?
There are probably a ton of posts on this, but I am really trying to narrow down my search!
We will be in Patterson tomorrow and I want to take advantage of all the great restaurants I hear so much about. I just don't want to be stuck with a bad pick! Any suggestions?? I was looking into Aleppo and Sahara?
Any thoughts would be great! :)
Also, are there any stores I can purchase lentils and other middle eastern items?
For restaurants, I like Toros ( http://www.torosrestaurant.com/index.php ) but it's one of too many.
As for groceries, there are several that are pretty fantastic. I suggest Fattal's. It has its own parking - something you shouldn't underestimate - and a nice lunch counter too.
Have a great time!
I've visited Paterson twice and both times I've eaten at Al Safa. After I stumbled across it on my first visit, I couldn't imagine going anywhere else! The food is absolutely delicious - probably the best fattoush I've ever had. The restaurant is right across the street from Fattal's so it's easy to find. Enjoy your visit to Paterson. I wish I lived closer so I could visit there more often myself!
AK Market on Crooks Avenue is a really great shop which specializes in products from Turkey. They have an olive bar, and a Halal butcher department (no prices are posted, but the meats look wonderful), and huge blocks of cheese, mostly feta-type, in the showcase you can buy by the piece. They carry a French made feta that is the best I've ever tasted--much creamier and less salty than others made elsewhere.
AK opened a bistro across the street (on the Clifton side of the border). It draws a lot of Turksh families. It's a good place to grab a bite, they make a panini with pastrami, Turkish salami and melted cheese that is excellent. Lots of beautiful looking desserts on display in the showcase.
Thanks everyone! We winded up @ Sahara and had an excellent lunch!!! My mother and husband had the yogurt shish kebobs..great! I had the shish kebon iskender...great! We started with the calf's liver, and was so tasty! I also like that the lavash is made to the order.
My fist time in Patterson and already I can't wait to go back. I love the wholesale produce stores!! I bought a 5 pound bag of red potatoes for .99 cents!!
We went to Corrado's, but I felt like the place was a giant Top Tomato and we had no interest in the place. I went to the Istanbul Market and bought some French feta, lentils, spices, and some other canned items.
I wish it was closer to me, but it was a great day!!! Thanks for everyone's help!!! :) LOVED it!