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ottawagirl Jul 19, 2012 07:09 AM

I am looking for specialty shops that carry lebanese style pita bread, lebanese products, and also imported italian products. I live in the frisco area, all recommendations would be great!

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    CocoaNut Jul 19, 2012 10:40 AM

    Short of driving to Houston, for Italian imports, give Jimmy's a look. A trendy little market now, it's been around for decades, offering those specialized items long before WF, CM, etc came to town. http://www.jimmysfoodstore.com/histor...

    For spices, try Penzeys - SW corner Preston@LBJ

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    1. re: CocoaNut
      twinwillow Jul 19, 2012 05:00 PM

      A, must do! The best Italian deli this side of St. Loo.

    2. LewisvilleHounder Jul 19, 2012 09:08 AM

      All stores are in the same general area behind TI off 75 and Spring Valley. There are also some hidden gems making fresh breads in that area also, so you might want to google around to see what you come up with.

      Fadia's Deli & Bakery on Campbell would probably be the most consistent that I have had for breads and baklava.
      http://fadiasdeli.com/
      http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/cityofate/2012/07/100_favorite_dishes_no_59_fala.php

      Judi Restaurant and Bakery – I go for the roasted eggplant salad and a falafel on samoon bread. I know it is more Iraqi but still delicious and they do sell their fresh breads.
      http://www.yelp.com/biz/judi-resturant-and-bakery-richardson

      Sara's Bakery in Richardson is probably the cheapest for breads
      http://sarasmarketbakery.com/
      http://www.yelp.com/biz/saras-market-and-bakery-richardson

      World Food Warehouse would be the cheapest for panty items and spices
      http://www.yelp.com/biz/world-food-warehouse-dallas

      I know not everyone has the luxury of time or money but I truthfully hold all my pantry items and spice run for Houston. Breads I pick up here in Dallas. I have said it many times over the past 8 years or so I have been posting but Phoenicia Specialty Food on Westheimer in the Westchase neighborhood of Houston is by far my favorite grocery store in the state. Think Walmart sized store devoted to Mediterranean products. They have the high quality Italian pastas, sauces and other ingredients needed for authentic Italian cooking without the high markups we have here in Dallas. Their spice selection alone is amazing and is where I get all of my bulk spices and they have everything you would need for any cuisine.
      http://phoeniciafoods.com/

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      1. re: LewisvilleHounder
        twinwillow Jul 19, 2012 04:59 PM

        A big second to all the above suggestions!

        1. re: LewisvilleHounder
          Dallas Alice Jul 20, 2012 08:34 AM

          Thanks for the info on Phoenicia. I just checked their website and they've opened a store in downtown Houston -- directly across the street from my firm's Houston office. I'm psyched to go down there and check it out.

          1. re: Dallas Alice
            LewisvilleHounder Jul 20, 2012 10:29 AM

            Tidbit to know....if you already have spice containers at home ask them for the bulk sealed bags of spices, it will save you about $1 - $5 on the containers. I got one pound of smoked paprika last time I went in April/May for $4.50.

            1. re: LewisvilleHounder
              twinwillow Jul 20, 2012 12:53 PM

              LH: Best to keep paprika in the fridge. Otherwise, it won't stay as fresh after a couple of months at room temp.

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