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May 3, 2012 01:06 PM

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?

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  1. Angelina:

    For restaurants, I like Toros ( ) 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!

    1. +1 for Toros. Fattal's is a legend....not to be missed. Have a blast!

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      1. re: maryanne06

        Thank you both! One question, a friend just told me you cannot BYO to a lot of restaurants in Patterson because they follow strict Halal law? Is this tru about Toros or any other? (Just don't want my husband whip out a bottle and get the evil eye!!)


      2. 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!

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        1. re: Siddy7

          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.

        2. 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!