Bread Winner

In the past the Mazzawis have employed cooks from several Middle Eastern countries and regions; currently, Antoinette Jreij, from Lebanon, and Arafat Abrahim, a Jordanian, share kitchen duty. "We also invite friends of different backgrounds to contribute recipes," Monem explains. "Then we try to perfect them." These include finger foods such as Arabic lahem bil ajine, an open-face pastry sprinkled with savory ground beef (or, more traditionally, lamb) and pine nuts; Lebanese kibbe (cracked wheat and ground beef formed into egg-shaped balls and fried); and Asian spring rolls -- about as expected here as falafel in the rain forest.

And yet the bakery counter may be Daily Bread's most irresistible draw. The sweets -- pistachio baklava in a variety of shapes and sizes, honey-almond cakes, semolina-pistachio cakes, and bird's-nest katiffe -- are excellent, drenched with butter, honey, and rosewater. Also recommended: k'nafi, a delicate cheese pastry topped with lightly sugared shreds of phyllo dough.

The Mazzawis are entertaining the possibility of expanding their operation to include what Monem calls "a real restaurant with waiters." But first, he admits, "We need to acquire more parking spaces." True enough. Unlike the Daily Bread Marketplace, which has yet to overreach its potential, the eensy lot has already attained maximum capacity.

Location Info


Daily Bread Marketplace

2400 SW 27th St.
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Category: Restaurant > Middle Eastern

Region: Coconut Grove

It's almost impossible to shop for groceries without being tempted by the aromas emanating from the deli case and counter.

Daily Bread Marketplace 2400 SW 27th St, Miami; 305-856-5893. Open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m; Sunday from 11:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.

Lentil soup $1.50
Falafel $3.50
Lamb kebab $4.50
Tabbouleh $5.00
Baklava $.65 -- $1.00

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