+
Restaurants & Bars

Acacia Mart - Turkish food store

brucesw | Aug 16, 201303:16 PM     6

11739 S. Wilcrest @ 59

Tis’ the season for new grocery stores, apparently. This one hasn’t gotten as much publicity as some of the others, obviously. Even though it’s very close to me I wouldn’t have known about it if I hadn’t received an email on my blog.

It’s billed as Mediterranean/European but it’s mostly Turkish and it’s larger than Istanbul Market on Hillcroft. Despite the address (just down and across from Lopez Mexican restaurant), it does not face either Wilcrest or the SW Fwy Frontage road. It is brightly lit and clean on the inside and very well stocked. There’s a section devoted to frozen Halal meats including chicken and lamb pieces, plus sliced bastirma and pastrami. A cooler offers multiple varieties of sujuk plus beef mortadella and bologna. There’s also a very good selection of cheeses in the coolers, and of course Ayran and yogurt. There are rows of Turkish cookies and pastries, multiple offerings of Turkish Delight (Lokum) and other candies plus Nutella and Nutella clones. There is a small produce section and lots of pickles, olives and pickled vegetables (I’ve never seen pickled peas or baby okra before).

I’ve seen packages of yufka in the coolers, a Turkish markook, and Turkish lavash. I’ve never had the Turkish versions of these Middle Eastern flatbreads before and don’t know if they differ from the Lebanese versions but they are some of my favorite Middle Eastern flatbreads, both very good for wraps. There are both chilled and unchilled packages of kadaif, kunefe and baklava.

A couple of caveats: many, perhaps most, of the product labels are only in Turkish except perhaps for the mandatory nutrition labels and packages tend to be large. I didn’t see any jars of ajvar smaller than 24 oz. Packages of dates (from California) and frozen sardines are at least a pound.

I didn’t hear about this in time to attend the grand opening and partake of the Turkish hors d'oeuvr/meze pictured on Facebook and unfortunately you are not confronted with an array like that when you walk in. There’s no simit or bazlava but they do carry sandwich baguettes from Parisian Bakery on the Beltway and they are thinking of adding some sort of snack bar section that would offer more ready to eat Turkish goodies. I hope they go forward with this.

They’re open 7 days a week.

https://www.facebook.com/AkaciaMarket

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

10 Must-Buy Food Souvenirs You'll Want to Bring Back from France
Chow with Me

10 Must-Buy Food Souvenirs You'll Want to Bring Back from France

by Hana Asbrink | My latest haul. Welcome to Chow...

Chefs Share Their Favorite Summer Meat Marinades for Steak, Chicken, Shrimp & More
Guides

Chefs Share Their Favorite Summer Meat Marinades for Steak, Chicken, Shrimp & More

by Dan Koday | You ever notice how a great marinade can instantly elevate what otherwise would end up as a pretty...

Tokyo to Texas: Austin Chef Reflects on His Multicultural Upbringing
Spotlight

Tokyo to Texas: Austin Chef Reflects on His Multicultural Upbringing

by Eric Silverstein | By Eric Silverstein Chef Eric Silverstein is the founder and owner of The Peached Tortilla in Austin...

Foil Packets Are Your Best Camping Food Friend
Recipe Round-Ups

Foil Packets Are Your Best Camping Food Friend

by Joey Skladany | Going camping? Foil packets are the best way to cook your food (and they're pretty great in the oven...

See what's new!

View latest discussions ›

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.