Shopping for Ingredients in Chicago’s Albany Park: Andy’s Fruit Ranch and Al-Khyam Bakery

updated May 24, 2019
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A recipe for vegetable skewers with muhamarra – our new favorite dip – from Supernatural Cooking by Heidi Swanson sent us to Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood this weekend. We were in search of one authentic Middle Eastern ingredient in particular – pomegranate molasses. But as usual, we found many more irresistible buys on a small strip of Kedzie Avenue.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

In addition to hard-to-find produce and a variety of Middle Eastern ingredients, Andy’s Fruit Stand carries many grocery staples. We were also impressed with their selection of craft beers.

Next, we headed across the street to Al-Khyam Bakery. We found our pomegranate molasses and some herb-marinated braided mozzarella, but the real draw was in the bakery section. We were lucky to be there early and found fresh sesame seed- and herb-topped flatbread coming out of the oven. We foolishly only bought two, which promptly disappeared as soon as we got home.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

As always, it left us wanting more and planning our next trip. The best part? Both stores are located just steps from the Kedzie Brown Line stop.

(Images: Joanna Miller)