I went to Phoenicia or the first time on Tuesday. I am from a small town and love to visit Houston. Two things I do every time I come is grab a Houston Press and go somewhere unique. Phoenicia was this trips unique spot. The food was fantastic. The staff was awesome (they seemed to really enjoy working there), and the grocery selection was outstanding. I'll make this place a regular stop.
Best Middle Eastern Grocery Store - 2008
To call this place a mere grocery store would be to do it a severe injustice. It's a 60,000-square-foot food emporium that sells products you simply cannot find elsewhere. There are fresh dates and fresh almonds, as well as dried nuts and fruits of all kinds. The deli has many different kinds of prepared foods, including traditional tabouleh and hummus, as well as six kinds of feta cheese, all from different countries. They have an olive bar with over 30 types of olives and Middle Eastern breads of all kinds, not just the traditional pita. Their sweets counter is enough to give you a sugar fix just drooling over it. There's teas and coffees you've never heard of; wines from places you didn't know made wines, like Croatia, Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania; and olive oils that fill a whole aisle; hookahs and so many different kinds of tobacco you'll quickly lose count. And don't forget the homemade yogurt. Plan to spend a few hours gazing at products you may never have seen before.
This is a very clean store. It's a delight to walk through and enjoy. Try their hot grille kabob sandwiches and meals -- Also, you must check out their bakery with the best olive bread in town, exquisite french pastries, and a diverse selection of home made baklava!!!
1.I used to go to this store regularly and spend quite a bit of money there each visit. One day, I saw something run fast around the check out counter. I wasn't sure if it was a mouse at first. At another occasion, last month, my husband saw a mouse by the olive section. In addition, some of their products go bad way before the expiration date. Some products do not even have expiration dates. I no longer visit this store and do not recommend it to others.