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izMiR MARKET AND DELi 214.824.8484

3607 gREENViLLE $

HOURS: 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily

PiCTURED: Hot chicken arugula sandwich

wHEN YOU wALK iNTO THE izMiR MARKET AND DELi, you can count on a couple of things: a warm greeting, cozy seating and first-rate mediterranean fare. By cozy, we mean not much personal space — a tight squeeze. You could sit on the patio, though if someone is already occupying its one table, you’re out of luck. For those who fear such intimacy with their fellow diners, there’s a merciful alternative. Izmir delivers tapas, sandwiches, salads and such to doors in our neighborhood, or they’ll pack your order up so you can pick it up. The Nazary brothers, Beau and Ali, and their uncle, mehdi Nazari, infuse as much passion and flavor into their deli dishes as items at the more-formal Café Izmir a few doors down. You can often catch them running from one place to another. “That’s an issue — we are all micromanagers,” Beau says. But that obsessive attention to detail is what makes their hummus and pita bread so addictive, salads so satisfying, and their sandwiches so savory. Take the hot chicken arugula sandwich — its toasted marble rye roll filled with thinly-sliced white chicken, arugula greens and fresh avocado packs a flavorful punch without leaving you stuffed. That way you have room for the to-die-for chocolate espres- so cake (made by Aunt Faye Nazari), and the deliciously intense Turkish coffee. Visit izmirgroup.com to see a full menu. The market offers free delivery, $10 minimum, within a two-mile radius, and a $5 charge for delivery outside that area. —CHRISTINA HUGHES BABB

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