I've always been a big fan of good cheap authentic middle eastern food (egyptian, lebanese, iranian, ect.). But there seems to be a serious lack of that type of food in Philadelphia, I'm hoping to find a few hole in the wall spots.
I'm also wondering if there are any middle eastern grocers in the area. More specifically I'm looking for some place to find the spice mixture za'atar. If you havn't eaten it before, go buy some pizza dough or make your own ofcourse, and rub za'atar that you have mixed with olive oil and turned into a paste. Its incredible, easy, and flavorful.
I'm going to check the spice shops in the italian market this weekend for za'atar but any advice as to where I could find it would be great.