Phoenicia Specialty Foods — Downtown
After years of planning and months of delays, Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown opened in 2006. The emporium on the west side has been culled to an efficient 28,000 square feet, mixing the global selection that Phoenicia is known for with staples for a neighborhood grocer. The store has an urban feel, with two floors full of sleek chrome shelving, but manages to be full without feeling overwhelming.
The pita conveyor always draws an audience, where they watch as hot and fluffy pita selections travel down from the second floor to be packaged and served. The store is wrapped with a sleek seating area for those who want to sit down and enjoy a meal. In addition to the salad and olive bars, there's a shawarma station with lamb, chicken and other meats ready to slice into gyros. There are also prepared foods counters with faves like hummus and stuffed grape leaves. Or grab coffee and then hang out with your laptop and the free Wi-Fi.
The wine section upstairs is also worth a visit.