Middle Eastern Deli


I love finding great ethnic food in Phoenix. I walked in to the Middle Eastern Deli, was greated with, “Hello friend!” and became an instant fan.

This cafe is half bazaar and half deli, with both sides of the space equally crowded. The market-side has canned and fresh Middle Eastern ingredients as well as fully prepared frozen items. All stuffed into three narrow aisles.

The deli side is a tight fit with too many tables in too little of a place. No worries – the food trumps claustrophobia.

I’d recommend skipping the pita sandwhiches and trying dishes a little harder to find in central Phoenix. Like spanakopta, kibbie, kababs, dolmades. Most dishes are around $8.

The Middle Eastern deli is located on the west side of 16th Street just north of Thomas. (3052 N. 16th St.)

4 Comments so far

  1. Lloyd (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 9:38 pm

    What a great way to greet customers. Okay, more places to visit.

  2. Steve (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 8:32 am

    This place is a short walk from my office. I’ve been going there for years.

    Excellent food, both what they sell packaged and what they make on premises, and a very nice family running the place. Excellent recommendation!

  3. gempix (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 10:14 am

    This one sounds good to me. I live in Scottsdale, so it’s a drive down there, but I’ll try it out next time I’m near.

  4. demooderew (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 5:47 pm

    I’ll give it a try! I’m at 24th Street and Thomas during the day!

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