As I had previously reported on that other site that no one goes to any more because of the ham-fisted redesign and Torquemada-like moderation, (Chowhound.com), I have been going to Phoenicia Market since it was a small den-like space across the street from its current location on Westheimer between Kirkwood and Dairy Ashford. It’s about five minutes from me and when I discovered it, it was like whole other world. It had so many exotic, unusual and, (to me) utterly unknown items that I sometimes would go there just to wander through the aisles packed floor to ceiling with goodies.’
It’s where I discovered ghee, and sumac, and Turkish pistachios and even Manchego cheese.
I still hit it at least once or twice a month for feta, herbs and spices, Zergut products, fresh pita, feta, olive oil, sun dried tomatoes,…
What’s that? I said “feta” twice?
I like feta and they have twenty or so varieties to choose from. I frequently take out of town visitors there including our own DimSumGirl and her pal Cynsa. It’s a must see. And don’t forget they have a downtown store now as well though I’ve never been there.
Right around the corner from the Market is Arpi’s Deli, (same owners) serving a variety of schwarma and other delicacies cafeteria style. Really good stuff.
If you live anywhere near Houston, (or even an airport with service to Houston), and you like to cook or eat, you need to get over there and check it out.
There’s nothing else quite like it.