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Reviewed April 27, 2015

You'd never guess that the food int his grocery store could be so good! We were stopping here for lunch before heading out on the long drive home. We ordered falafel and chicken biryani (a daily special). We shopped around the store while the food...was being made, picking up some very, very good halva, and some spices. The food took a little while to make, but this was because it was completely handmade right there. We saw the owner cutting veggies, preparing rice, and essentially making very good Middle Eastern food right in front of us. The falafel is special. I am unsure exactly what went into it, but it had the best flavor of any falafel I've ever had. It was spicy, minty, and had a very rich flavor that goes well above & beyond the Americanized versions I've had elsewhere. I wish I lived near here as I'd visit more often and try more things off of their menu. In addition, I'd definitely shop here, as they have a wide variety of foods, spices, desserts, and more that are very difficult to find elsewhere, and would cost much more ordering online. The owner is very friendly and asks lots of questions, while making suggestions and helping you get exactly what you want. This was an unexpected stop on our trip, but I'm glad we did it, and would go back next time I am in town!!!More

Date of visit: April 2015
Reviewed November 16, 2011

El Madina on Squire Road in Revere, MA is mostly a Middle Eastern market, featuring cured olives, nuts, middle eastern breads and cheeses, and more. In the window are two small tables for those who want to eat their lunch on site. When you go...to the counter, the helpful owner will let you know what he has made freshly... On my last visit, he had done vegetarian and meat pies, as well as sweet, date-filled pastries. There is a menu taped to the window as you come in. One should note, however, that this is there to be used only as a guide, and is from the previous tenants. Prices on this old menu are not correct. So, what's the big appeal? The big appeal is that all those savory favorites like baba ganoush, hummos, tablouli, bulgar wheat salad, and felafels are made from scratch, to order. If your only experience with baba ganoush is a package container of it at the supermarket, boy, are you in for a surprise! On my last visit, I had to have the baba ganoush (he literally went to the fridge, opened a middle eastern yogurt, got out the smoked eggplant, and made it from scratch) and an herb/tomato salad. (I watched him pick, clean and cut the herbs.) I took a few lightly spicy, delicious meat pies to heat up later as well. He packed the order with some Syrian bread. Previously (many times), I had enjoyed their falafels, which he forms and fries to order, with tasty tahini sauce, and freshly chopped veggies. For a healthy, tasty alternative to "the same old", be sure to give El Madina a try. One caution: As he makes everything from scratch, it's not a great option when you have to be back at the office in a matter of minutes. Food from scratch takes a bit of time. I also left with an enormous bag of sesame seeds for cooking that would have ran a whole lot more than $2.99 (and been a lot less fresh) at the likes of Stop and Shop. Great to have a taste of Jordan in Revere!More

Date of visit: November 2011
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