The cafe tucked in the back of the Worldwide International Food Market is tiny and austere, but it’s nevertheless become the culinary go-to for the area’s Arab community. Co-owner Ruqaiah Sumren’s hummus — silken and spiked with just the right amount of garlic and tahini — is perhaps the best in town. Baba ganoush is equally excellent: It’s tart and lemony, with a bitter, fire-roasted undertone that adds depth of flavor. Kalaya, a tapenade of slow-simmered tomatoes and onions, reveals the flavor that can come from just a few simple ingredients. In addition to the à la carte and catering services, the Sumrens run a bakery out of the market. Pita is their bread and butter, but their pastries have quite a following as well. $. Open daily.



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