We went food shopping in Northern Berkeley Sat. took a drive down Solano Ave.
Out of curiously went into Zand a Persian, Middle Eastern deli/store. I don't think it has been mentioned on Chowhound.
We ordered sandwiches, one falafel and I tried the Persian style bologna on baguette (excellent). Both good the falafel could of been served hot, not cold. We tried the homemade Persian Baklava, instead of being made with almonds it was made with grounded pistachios. We started with one because it was $3.00 for a 2"x 2" small piece, ended up getting a second one and money became no object with this treat. I don't have anything to compare this Persian pastry to but it had such depth, taste and texture, the rosewater gave a nice after flavor.
We bought several salads/spreads from the take out counter: BabaGhanoush, Hummus (the best), Yogurt spread all excellent, the Tabbouleh did not have much flavor and tomatoes did not help. They stocked a variety of hard to find goods from various Middle Eastern countries, cookies from a bakery in S. Calif, good selection of nuts.
I was wondering how this compares to Nick's another Middle Eastern grocery further down the street in Albany, that I want to try heard they have wonderful sandwiches.
Check it out:
Zand Pastries & Specialties
1401 Solano Ave., Albany
1007 Solano Ave.