This smaller-scale version of the original Oasis Food Market in Temescal features the same delicious Middle Eastern deli staples, but with cheerier and more efficient service. The menu is limited, basically, to falafel, shawarma, and a couple of kebabs, plus a cold deli case stocked with salads and other Mediterranean staples: olives, stuffed grape leaves, and assorted dips, including a smoky, velvety-light baba ghanoush that might be the best version in town. The falafel are intensely garlicky and light-textured, with an impeccably crunchy, sesame-seed-encrusted exterior crust. But the biggest highlight is the shawarma, which gets tossed in some combination of savory meat juices, rendered fat, and diced tomato after the meat is sliced off the spit. Don’t neglect to pick up some small, sweet thing for dessert; the house-made baklava and other flaky filo-based pastries are unrivaled.

— Luke Tsai

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