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Best Expansion of a Deli

Sonia's Near East Market

Start with a case of imported feta (French as well as Greek) and other Middle Eastern cheeses, add a half-dozen kinds of halvah in big blocks, spread out grape leaves, marinated eggplant, hummus, and eech (cracked wheat salad) in the deli case, and just spin off from there at SONIA’S NEAR EAST MARKET. Don’t forget the Armenian “pizzas,” with seasoned meat or cheese or just an olive oil, sesame seed, and thyme spread. Or the yogurt or tarragon sodas (!). International pastries include baklava, farina cake, sweet gatah (Armenian hard, sweet rolls), and walnut honey layer cake. There are shelves and stacks of exotic condiments and teas; bulk grains, beans, and spices; rows of different coffees. A refrigerated case holds dairy items, such as kefir and different kinds of string cheese. Plus, you can get nutella on Armen¬ian sweet bread for breakfast or a Mediterranean sampler (and many sandwich options) for lunch.

Sonia's Near East Market | 816 Park Avenue, Cranston | 401.941.9300 | soniasdeli.com

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