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Ask Eater: Where Can I Find a Mediterranean Deli in Austin?

Where to pick up fluffy fresh-baked pita — if you get there early

A plate of shredded meat, a pile of hummus, and vegetables.
A plate from Peace Bakery.
Peace Bakery
Erin Russell is associate editor of Eater Austin, a native Austinite, and a big fan of carbs.

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Dear Eater —

When I lived in the northeast, I loved to shop at a Mediterranean grocery. Is there a similar market in Austin? I know I can find feta, olives, and flatbread at H-E-B or Whole Foods. I want something more specialized — an extensive deli and prepared food available. I’m craving feta wrapped in store-made flatbread and hummus.

Dear Mediterranean Market Seeker —

If the Netflix show Mo has taught us anything, it’s the power of good hummus. I can’t tell if you’re looking for more of a prepared foods cafe or a grocery, but I’ll give you options for both. The two major players in Austin’s Mediterranean grocery game are market/cafes Peace Bakery and Phoenicia Bakery & Deli, however International Food-Market is also a strong contender.

In the “grocery-cafe” category, Phoenicia is a longtime Austin staple, opened in 1979 by the Abijaoude family from Lebanon. In addition to fresh-baked pita and baklava (get there early), the store serves a great hummus and prepared foods alongside imported olives, cheeses, olive oils, and other groceries. There are two locations: one at 4701 Burnet Road in Rosedale (which is larger and has more restaurant space) and another at 2912 South Lamar.

Halal market International Food-Market is another grocery-cafe option. It has fantastic hummus, fresh-baked breads, and a wide assortment of groceries.

Peace is the “newcomer,” opened in 2014 by Nuha and Jihad Hammad, a couple from Palestine. It’s more focused on the bakery and prepared foods, serving a variety of meats, sides, vegetable dishes, and more, but gets high marks again for vegetable dishes and hummus. It’s located at 11220 North Lamar.

Finally, while I absolutely respect your rejection of H-E-B and Whole Foods, I will say that Central Market often has more specialized items if you’re looking for something specific. Don’t forget that Austin has some great Mediterranean restaurants as well — if there’s a dish you like, perhaps you can sweet-talk them into revealing their sources.


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Phoenicia Bakery & Deli

2912 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 447-4444 Visit Website

Peace Bakery and Deli

11220 North Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78753 (512) 386-1152 Visit Website