Lawrence between Vic Park and Warden - Little Arabia
I drove across Lawrence yesterday, going east from Vic Park and I stumbled across a whole host of Arabic eateries.
There were places that sold kebabs, shwarma, falafel etc. I even saw an authentic Arabic coffee house and a Lebanese patisserie.
I am going to have to explore this area further. I am excited. Anybody tried any of these spots? Any recommendations?
Around the corner (east side of Vic park, south of lawrence) is my favourite middle eastern restaurant: the Armenian Kitchen
Best Baba Ghanough EVER. Smokey and smooth. Get some to take home.
Good Chicken Shwarma - get extra garlic sauce - not the mayonnaise-type sauce that other places often serve but a yellow sauce that I believe gets its body from mashed potato (they used to sell jars of it, not sure if they do anymore). But one Caveat, they deliver, and whenever I order for delivery they seem to give me some dried-out chicken bits. If you eat in, that doesn't seem to be a problem.
Everything else on the Menu - damned fine!
I know it's not exactly what you asked for, but worth the trip around the corner I think! There's a middle eastern grocery store in the same plaza.
My favorite chicken/lamb shwarma place is on Lawrence just west of Warden I believe. The place is at the end of a strip mall with large grocery store on the north side. I believe the name is Farhat and is usually pretty busy and tends to run out of chicken or beef sometimes but i prefer lamb so never had a big problem.
I've seen the pastry shop you're thinking of, went in, saw that everything looked great, and then discovered I didn't have any cash and I couldn't find an atm. Aargh! I'm going back.
If you have a sweet tooth, try Arz bakery, Lawrence, east of Pharmacy on the south side. It is amazing! I have tried almost everything in the last few years and I'm always impressed.
They have expanded a lot and now include a small supermarket section with a great selection of imported goodies