After five years on Route 1, Tissa's Country Market moved south to 2 Pennywise Lane last year and reopened as Tissa's Le Souk du Maroc, a deli/restaurant featuring middle eastern cuisine. (Despite the address, their parking lot is accessible from South Main St. in the old James Pharmacy building.)
They kept the historic ice cream soda fountain (dating from 1896) and a few small tables, but besides the shakes, frappes, and smoothies that have made this site popular in summer for years, they have added items with a Mediterranean origin such as lamb burgers, Lebanse eggplant, tuna or chicken wraps, cheeses, sausages, hummus, babaganoush, tabbouleh and baklava. Their shelves also feature an intriguing mix of middle eastern spices and grains, oils, pottery, lamps, soaps, lotions, jewelry and clothing. (Moroccan in New Haven would not be too surprising, but in Old Saybrook? This is a don't miss venue!)
It was nearing lunchtime when I visited, so I picked up a Moroccan spinach/artichoke/chicken wrap to go. It was delicious, but quite mild. I will have to try some of their other offerings to satisfy my quest for spiciness. They also have a nice selection of coffees, tea and desserts.
Hours are 10-6 Tues-Sat and 11-4 on Sunday. There is also a special Moroccan dinner on Sundays at 7 pm by reservation only. More information is available on their website or Facebook loctions.