We later came to find out that Rafat didn't believe we were just looking for a story for our alt-weekly's food blog. And unfortunately, we'll never know who he thought we were. Definitely not from "the others" looking to steal ideas and concepts for other Middle Eastern markets around town, that's for sure.
Despite our bizarre encounters with the staff, those customers who walked in simply looking to buy goods were greeted warmly and with familiarity. Mostly everyone greeted Okash and Rafat by first name, and all in all, their experiences seemed quite pleasant.
We found a few items in the store that jumped out at us as great finds. One might be able to find similar, Americanized products but we found comfort in knowing that this market's goods are directly imported from Greece, Syria, and Turkey.
The cheese shelf at Oriental Bakery is a good. Actually, it's great. Among them you'll find Bulgarian kashkaval, Syrian cheese, and feta cheeses imported from France, Greece and Bulgaria. Prices for these depend on poundage.