Great Finds at Brickell's Oriental Bakery & Grocery, but Don't Tell Them You're With New Times

The wafting smell of shawarma and freshly baked pita bread greets customers as they mosey into Oriental Bakery and Grocery.

It's one of just a handful of Middle Eastern specialty markets in Greater Miami.

In fact, it was the first of its kind in South Florida, having opened 41 years ago.

It's a family-run business ran by Palestinian owner Okashah Monem and his son, Rafat. But while customers milled through the aisles attempting to choose from the abundance of products, hot foods, and baked goods, Rafat kept his eye closely on us. Two forms of identification later, we managed to leave with a handful of iPhone photos, a tin of Turkish apple tea mix and the notion that we probably won't be welcome there again.