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Downtown Pita Kabob opens traditional bakery, deli

Beloved downtown eatery Pita Kabob is obtaining again to its roots with a new Mediterranean-style market, bakery, and deli in the setting up upcoming to the cafe.

PK Deli & Bakery opened its doors very last week and presents common Mediterranean breakfast dishes and deli-model sandwiches with substances influenced by house owners Chafic and Kareem Dada’s Lebanese upbringing. 

Right before Pita Kabob endeared Tulare County foodies with its fusion of Mediterranean delicacies and pub favorites, the Dada loved ones experienced operated a grocery store on the corner of Mooney Boulevard and Caldwell Avenue.

PK Deli & Bakery is offering traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern deli and grocery items in downtown Visalia.

Delighted with Pita Kabob’s achievements, the Dada family experienced always hoped to open yet another industry to the two provide Visalia’s Center Japanese community and expose Pita buyers to a much more traditional slice of its lifestyle.

“It fills a void which is been missing in our town because we shut up shop. With PK Deli & Bakery, we are heading back to our roots,” Chafic claimed. “We have experienced customers occur in who we have not found in a long time. They’re so enthusiastic that they don’t have to travel an hour or much more to get this kind of things any more.”

Traditional Middle Eastern grocery items line the aisles at PK Deli & Bakery in downtown Visalia.

That spirit is reflected in every single element of PK Deli: Arabic and Center Eastern music play on the speakers when aisles of fresh bread and imported grocery objects forget the dining space. A deli counter showcases baklava, a flaky, Turkish dessert manakeesh, a traditional Lebanese flatbread and other ready-to-provide Mediterranean staples.

For all those not on the lookout to broaden their culinary horizons, handmade donuts are also available, as perfectly as espresso, tea, and yogurt drinks.

“Men and women like to expertise distinctive meals. When you are unable to travel to the region, the very best way that you can experience it is as a result of the foodstuff provided,” Chafic said.

Patrons on Wednesday early morning celebrated the deli and its more traditional fare.

Baklava and Middle Eastern desserts sit beside western favorites at PK Deli & Bakery.

“It will take me back again to the Middle East. The flavors and the smells and how they prepare the meals is just like being in Lebanon,” Jamal Ahmad stated. “Pita Kabob is excellent but you can locate that wherever. The deli is a lot more reliable. It delivers diversity to Visalia, which I think is a good thing.”

Newcomers to genuine Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine also welcomed the deli opening in Visalia. 

“I like that about right here we’re able to get a additional conventional aspect of points. These are authentic dishes that we really don’t have anywhere else,” Daniel Rice claimed. The family members bought numerous things from the market place and plan to experiment with Mediterranian ingredients in their property cooking, he added. 

Shakshouka, a richly spiced egg and tomato dish, is a great jumping off point for foodies unfamiliar with Mediterranean cuisine.

The job has been extra than a year in the making with the coronavirus pandemic delaying the deli’s start.

“Anything happens for a explanation,” Chafic mentioned. “If the market place had opened just just before the pandemic, you can find no telling if we would have designed it.”

The expanded footprint also added benefits the Pita Kabob Downtown Gastropub, which is instantly connected to the new deli. With Pita’s west Visalia area closing past year, the Dada household is now back again below 1 roof, Chafic mentioned.

PK Deli & Bakery is open Monday by means of Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast is served from 8 to 10:30 a.m. with lunch obtainable from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Menu things operate between $4 and $13 with an assortment of grocery goods offered at different price ranges.

Manakeesh, a traditional Lebanese flatbread, is prepared in a wood stove at PK Deli & Bakery.

Joshua Yeager addresses h2o, agriculture, parks and housing for the Visalia Moments-Delta and Tulare Progress-Register newspapers. Stick to him on Twitter @VTD_Joshy. Get alerts and preserve up on all matters Tulare County for as very little as $1 a thirty day period. Subscribe now.