Exotic Food Finds at Barbur World Foods

Deli items are made on site, many of them from the same family recipes that are used at Ya Halla, Attar’s popular Lebanese restaurant on SE Stark Street. Their fresh pita bread – baked to order in a Wood Stone oven – is yeasty, chewy, and a perfect vehicle for their house-made smoky baba ghanouj and lemony homous (hummus). And don’t pass up the super flaky spanikopita, a savory pastry stuffed with spinach and feta cheese, or the moujadra, a simple basmati rice and lentil pilaf, garnished with rich caramelized onions. In the mood for pizza? Try one of their specialities with Mediterranean flavors: roasted lamb, feta cheese, marinated tomato and fresh mint. Barbur World Foods, a former Piggly Wiggly, is a mecca for those seeking to feast on foods from around the world. Owner John Attar strives to stock his grocery store with affordably-priced specialty items (like green olives spiked with cinnamon and clove, grape leaves, and orange blossom water), as well as common, everyday staples (such as frozen pizza, peanut butter, and vanilla ice cream).

While you’re waiting for your pita bread or pizza to bake, head to the meat department for a selection of ready-to-cook kabobs, or cuts of chicken from Draper Valley Farms, Carlton Farms pork, Painted Hills Natural beef, New Zealand-raised lamb, and fresh local seafood.

Pita bread, fresh from the oven.

If you prefer beer, head to the back of the store and you’ll find a large walk-in cooler that houses an impressive selection of domestic, imported, and local microbrews, in addition to sparkling wines and hard ciders.Looking for the perfect beverage to go with your meal? The wine department offers wines from the Pacific Northwest and imports from all over the world, including Lebanon. In fact, Barbur World Foods will be hosting a free Lebanese Wine event on Saturday, April 16th from 2-5pm. This will be a great opportunity to learn about and taste various Lebanese wines.

From the commonplace to the exotic, Barbur World Foods has it all. Swing by 9845 SW Barbur Boulevard, Portland, OR to sample their delicious bites!



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