India Emporium grocery also serves lunch

Some things you just don’t know unless you go inside.

A few weeks ago, my friend Kim was shopping for spices at India Emporium, the international grocery at 3743 N. Rock Road, when she noticed that they serve lunch. As luck would have it, she was hungry. So she got some to go and said it was great.

Owner Zaheer Nazir said that he opened his restaurant-within-a-store, called The Pita Deli, several months ago. He serves Mediterranean items such as falafel, hummus, gyro, schwarma and more from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. (The India Emporium sells Middle Eastern ingredients too, Nazir told me.)

He has seating for about 15 people in the back of the store, where the deli is set up. For more information, call 316-315-0370.