i made my first trip to al-khaym lebanese bakery last week. a friend had recommended the bulgarian feta they carry. she was right, it's delicious; but she was wrong about it not being very salty. they also had french, danish and turkish feta; deli case olives, all $2.99/lb. (even jewel now has a self serve olive bar, i believe they charge $5.99/lb!) they also have a huge selection of middle eastern pastries, all made in the open bakery area. i grabbed a menu from their adjoining fast food restaurant called al-khaymeih, but didnt have time to eat.
one of the 2 lebanese brothers/owners, peter, was staffing the checkout line. he was so helpful and friendly, telling me to make sure i find him when i come back to eat, so he can explain the food to me, that i feel he and his businesses are chow-worthy and i must go back.
i had just ridden my bike on a very cold, windy day from wicker park to skokie to get bagels and corned beef at kaufman's bakery, then back down kedzie to al-khayim for bulgarian feta in a lebanese grocery, whose owner lives in skokie. i left grinning at the great international-ness of it all. i love eating and shopping in chicagoland! joan
al-khaym bakery and restaurant, 4742 n. kedzie (773)583-0999