Cheap eats: Phoenicia Bakery and Deli

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photo / Sashertootie Creative Commons licensed: Attribution 2.0 This didn’t actually come from Phoenicia Bakery, but you can imagine it did. 

Phoenicia is the not-so-well-kept secret on South Lamar. Just south of the intersection of South Lamar and Barton Skyway, this Lebanese deli and specialty grocery has been serving up fairly priced, delicious sandwiches and pastries for years. It’s hard to figure out what in particular makes their food shockingly good. It’s a tie between the shaved, cured deli meats; slow-cooked Mediterranean specialties like their falafel, lamb, and beef; crisp vegetables; and their fresh-baked and aromatic breads.

Their meals range between $1.50 and $5. Whether you want just a bite or a sandwich that will make you loosen your belt, Phoenicia can do it for under $5. My personal favorites are the plain looking pastrami sandwich that will surprise you with flavor, the simple and hearty lamb and beef shawarma that’s topped with the perfect amount of creamy tahini sauce, and the award-winning roasted chicken sandwich—the perfect blend of meat so tender that you’ll think it has been braised for a week, supple pita bread, and a garlic sauce that unites everything in one symphony of flavor. They’re all exceptional – and cheap. And better yet, they also have a location at 47th and Burnet.