Yesterday I had a little time to kill on the Peninsula and took the opportunity to cruise the hotel strip to try to find the close-out food store I remembered from many years ago. It is indeed gone. But I was happy to have the chance to check out the International Food Warehouse.
This is a bare-bones warehouse setting with some seating at the front and a counter of steam tables, empty on Saturday. In the back appears to be a major butchering operation and bulk food packaging. The front has a fresh halal meat counter (lambs heads are $4.99 each) and many bulk pack Middle Eastern ingredients with their own labels, such as giant jars of marinated olives, spices, flours, legumes, and grains. The slant seems to be Arabic, possibly the Levant. There were many branded products as well, including THREE kinds of bottled grape leaves.
The ice cream freezer was filled with It's-Its, from its neighbor down the street (g), and Michigan's Shatila ice cream that I've been trying to find a local source for years. If I'd had a cooler, I would have bought some. I inquired about Shatila baked goods (I love the baklava), and was told they no stopped carrying them since it's less expensive for customers to order those directly from Michigan in the internet age.
On the weekend, there was no prepared food for take-out, but I was told to come back on Monday for fresh fatayer made on site available with various fillings (zatar, cheese, chicken, etc.) for $1.59 each. I glanced at the catering menu which included a whole stuffed lamb, rice stuffing and salad for $360.
What are folks favorites here?
International Food Warehouse
"Wholesale Open to the Public"
1684 Gilbreth Rd.
Open 7 days a week, check for hours.