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It doesn't take much to enjoy the best baklava in town; all you need to do is put $3.50 in your pocket and drive to Westchester. Almazar Greek and Middle Eastern Fine Foods, across the street from FIU's University Park campus, offers two varieties: walnut and pistachio. Unlike many baklavas, these aren't too rich or too sweet. What is sweet: Try both for only $5. If you arrive with an appetite for the savory, order the lentil soup or homemade falafel. Choose from a variety of sandwiches made with baba ghannouj (eggplant), hummus, or shawarma. A refreshing yogurt salad with cucumbers, mint, and garlic is perfect for a light lunch. Almazar is also a bakery and delicatessen full of goodies such as fresh Middle Eastern cookies, ladyfingers, fresh feta cheese, and green olives. You'll run into many FIU students opting for Almazar over the campus cafeteria or fast-food joints. Or could it be the hookah pipes -- also for sale -- that draw them?
This Greek/Middle Eastern newcomer draws FIU students from across the street for solid shawarma and falafel, but the star is the baklava. Flecked with pistachio or walnuts, for a mere buck and a quarter, the flaky delicacy is a godsend in Greek-poor Miami. Have yours with a cup of super-aromatic espresso and, perhaps, an academic conversation with a stranger. More »
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