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Phoenicia, MKT BAR & Arpi’s Deli Delivery and Take-Out Options

Posted in Arpi's Deli, Downtown Market, News, Westheimer Market
Curbside Pickup - Phoenicia Specialty Foods

Phoenicia Curbside Pickup and Delivery

Phoenicia Foods is thrilled to offer curbside and grocery delivery services! Most orders can be filled the same or next day from either of our two specialty market locations.  Simply click on the link below to go to our online ordering form to submit your order.

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Phoenicia Westheimer Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday | 8am – 9pm
Sunday | 8am – 7pm

Phoenicia Downtown Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday | 9am – 7:30pm
Sunday | 9am – 6pm

Curbside Pickup & Delivery - MKT BAR and Phoenicia Specialty Foods

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Call to Order: 832-360-2222



Arpi's Deli Dine-In, Drive-Thru & Delivery

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Call to Order: 281-558-0416



Arpi’s Deli Adjusted Hours
Monday – Thursday | 8am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday | 8am – 9pm
Sunday | 8am – 8pm

YUMMY Holiday Decorating Classes and Uncle Jumbo!

Posted in Downtown Market, Events, News

We are pleased to offer YUMMY Holiday Decorating Classes for you and your little ones this season!


HOLIDAY GINGERBREAD DECORATING: We will decorate gingerbread houses, holiday cookies and make some fun holiday crafts! Kids will also be able to enjoy a YUMMY item from our kid’s brunch menu in MKT BAR after the class. We will have hot cocoa, holiday music and even read fun International holiday stories to all our guests!

December 7th, 14th & 21st, 11 AM – 12:30 PM


ADULT ‘BIG KID’ NIGHT DECORATING CLASSES: Enjoy festive wine and charcuterie plates while decorating gingerbread houses, holiday cookies and making some fun holiday crafts!

December 8th, 5 PM



Children’s songs and dance-alongs focused on:  Joy • Connection • Mindfulness • Wellness


HOLIDAY KICKBACK – Chill holiday party, Santa and Mrs. Claus guest appearances, holiday craft, cookie decorating, balloon artist, face painters, breakfast YUM!

December 7th, 9 AM – 11 AM

Find out more at:  HELLOUNCLEJUMBO.COM


$50 per Class

For more information and to Register e-mail us at [email protected]

Minimum age requirement for kid classes is 3 years old.  All classes will be held at our Downtown Market at 1001 Austin St. 


Kids’ Summer YUM Classes!

Posted in Downtown Market, Events, MKT BAR, News

We are pleased to offer summer classes for your little chefs!

Class 1 – The Eiffel Flour

Our class will be making a delicious French Baguette from scratch, along with éclairs and some lovely tarts. We will also decorate Eiffel tower cookies…YUM! This is a hands-on class and our young Parisian bakers will come away with great cooking skills and YUMMY snacks! We will finish our class in the MKT BAR with YUMMY, house-made baguette sandwiches, chips and cartoons!                      June 22nd | July 20th

Class 2 – Extra Dough!

Bake some happiness with us! In this bread class we will be making a bread loaf from scratch  and braid up some Challah and pretzels! We will also make sweet and savory empanadas then we will finish up the class with cupcakes – hey that is bread too! The class will finish in MKT BAR with kids munching on the delicious empanadas they made! Kids will go home with several warm loaves of bread and decorated cupcakes to share!  June 29th | July 27th

Class 3 – I Spy a Pie

We will focus on pies; sweet and savory in this class. Kids will make a pie dough from scratch for a savory chicken or veggie pot pie and sweet mini pies! They will learn to measure ingredients, roll dough, and different pastry techniques to make a perfect pie crust. After class we will eat our YUMMY goodies in the MKT BAR with some snacks and a beverage of your choice. The little chefs will take home (2) sweet pies to share with their family!  July 6th | August 3rd

Class 4 – Batter Up

Be the chef of the party and learn to make a cake and frosting from scratch and how to churn  ice cream. Our chefs will be teaching the kids to make a YUMMY batter for a cake that  they will decorate and how to churn their favorite flavors into smooth creamy ice cream! After class we will enjoy cartoons and brunch in the MKT BAR!  July 13th | August 10th

$55 per Class or 4-Pack for $50 ea.

For more information and to Register e-mail us at [email protected]

Minimum age requirement for students is 3 years old.  All classes will be held from 10 am to noon at our Downtown Market at 1001 Austin St. 

YUMMY! Spring Offerings

Posted in Downtown Market, News, Westheimer Market

Hop into Spring at Phoenicia with special seasonal offerings! Choose from large Dark Chocolate Eggs imported from Italy, imported Easter egg dyes, Panettone, festive chocolates and candies, Rose’ wines from around the globe to prime cuts of lamb and roasts for traditional Easter season cooking. Our catering department is also up to the task in providing for your holiday and family gatherings. Give us a call at 832.360.2222 or email [email protected] for more info on premium catering.


Your Spring-time YUMMY! Crew



Kid’s Holiday Decorating Classes

Posted in Downtown Market, Events, News


Reserve your spot for these up and coming dates!


Haunted Halloween

  • October 20th & 27th, 10am-12pm
  • October 31st, 4-6pm

Spooky, Scary Chef’s wanted for our fun Haunted House Decorating Class!
Candy corn and marshmallow ghosts will fill your fun Halloween Haunted house in this decorating class! We will decorate gingerbread houses, holiday cookies and make some fun holiday crafts! Kids will also enjoy a YUMMY item from our kid’s brunch menu in MKT BAR after the class. We will have spooky drinks, songs and silly, scary stories read for all our guests!
$55 for 2 hour class | Ages 2 through 11


December Holiday

  • December 1st, 8th & 15th, 10am-12pm

Bring your child in for a fun, holiday gingerbread decorating class!
We will decorate gingerbread houses, holiday cookies and make some fun holiday crafts! Kids will also be able to enjoy a YUMMY item from our kid’s brunch menu in MKT BAR after the class. We will have hot cocoa, holiday music and even read fun International holiday stories to all our guests!
$55 for 2 hour class | Ages 2 through 11


Register at [email protected]
Limited Space Available.
Classes at Phoenicia Downtown.

Join us for Houston Restaurant Weeks

Posted in Downtown Market, Events, News
MKT BAR Houston Restaurant Weeks 2017

MKT BAR at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown is proud to be a participant in Houston Restaurant Weeks from August 1st through September 30th, 2017.

Houston Restaurant Weeks is the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank, the Houston Food Bank. Restaurants across Houston will donate proceeds from their special HRW menu sales to benefit this vital, community organization.
During the five week dining experience we will offer specially priced lunch and dinner menus as well as a tasty HRW brunch menu. Give us a visit during this exciting time of the year to be a food lover in Houston!

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MKT BAR named Best Bar for Drinking Before Grocery Shopping

Posted in Downtown Market, Media, Media Coverage, News

Monday-Friday, 2-7PM

We’ve been named one of Houstonia’s Best Neighborhood bars in Downtown Houston!

Touted as “Best Bar for Drinking Before Grocery Shopping,” we invite you pop-in and unwind before (or after) hitting the aisles. You can always count on finding a refreshing beer or wine special and appetizers to make your shopping more exciting during our weekday Happy Hour, every Monday through Friday from 2-7PM.

“Come as you are to this no-frills joint located inside the beloved Phoenicia Specialty Foods market. Though it otherwise has all the atmosphere of your local Starbucks, the bar feels buzzy when a DJ or live band hits the stage, which is often, and gets packed when there’s a concert or a basketball game at nearby Toyota Center. As a bonus, pretty much every wine on offer pairs well with the store’s flaky baklava. Just saying.”

Read the article here.

Giddy Up and GO TEXAN at Phoenicia Specialty Foods and MKT BAR

Posted in Downtown Market, Events, MKT BAR, News

GO TEXAN is more than just boots and barbecue. It’s a state of mind. From February 23-27, Phoenicia Specialty Foods and MKT BAR are celebrating the finest foods in Texas like the Hogtied Hamburger, complete with smoked gouda and ranch dressing or the MKT Frito Pie that’s got a nice little kick to it. Cool down some of that Texas spice with a Michelada or take a spin on the Buffalo Bayou Beer flight. And because everything’s sweeter in Texas, save room for our Mile High Key Lime Pie.

MKT BAR is country music headquarters during GO TEXAN week, showcasing the best in local music from many of Houston’s most talented musicians. It’s live music and grub with a country kick from February 23-27.

Between our great grub and toe-tapping country music, there’s simply no other place to GO TEXAN this February.


Available Tuesday, February 23 – Saturday, February 27 at MKT BAR. The regular MKT BAR dinner menu will also be available.

MKT Frito Pie with Haig’s Chili – ground chuck steak with onions, roasted peppers, fava beans and chickpeas $8
½ BBQ Rotisserie Chicken with MKT potato salad and spicy fried okra $12.99
Hogtied Hamburger – ground chuck with smoked gouda, ranch dressing, tomato and bacon on challah bun with za’atar fries $12.99
Brined and Grilled Pork Chop with MKT potato salad and spicy fried okra $16.99

MKT BAR Drink Specials
– Michelada $6
– Buffalo Bayou Beer Flight $7

– Mile High Key Lime Pie $7



Tuesday, February 23
Nick Gaitan, 6-9PM

Thursday, February 25
Vinyl Ranch – Classic Country DJs, 5-8PM
Max Flinn Band – Honky Tonk Outlaw Classic Country, 8-11PM

Friday, February, 26
Vinyl Ranch – Classic Country DJs, 6-9PM
Skrla Steel Trio – Country & Western Swing, 9PM-12AM

Available during the month of February

You can always take the taste of Texas home with you, too. Stroll on over to the butcher shop and pick up our Peppercorn Rubbed Pork Tenderloin, Phoenicia Bratwurst and Garlic & Herb Sausage on a stick and Cayenne Cheddar Burgers. Two-step your way into the market for a variety of local items like pickles, barbecue rubs and sweet Texas treats.

– Bourbon Pecan Bread Pudding
– Rodeo-themed cookies

Butcher Shop Offerings
– Peppercorn Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
– Phoenicia Bratwurst and Garlic & Herb Sausage on a stick
– Cayenne Cheddar Burgers

Rodeo Beer: Karbach Rodeo Clown Double IPA, Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale
Local Honeys: Honeycraft Honey, Stroop Farms Wildflower Honey
Coffee and Wine: Phoenicia Coffee House Texas Doodle Coffee Beans,Chisholm Trail Texas Wines,
Pickles: Yee Haw Hot Damn Dills/No Frills Dills, Bravado Spice Chili & Garlic, Smither Family Relish, Talk of Texas Okra Pickles
Rubs/Sausages/BBQ Tools: Van Ruehling Rubs, Salt Lick Dry Rubs, Bob Tallman’s Steakhouse and All Around Rubs, Chappell Hill Sausages, Pinces de Barbecue Tongs and Spatula
Sweet Texas Treats by Sinfull Bakery, Lady Lavender Confections, Wackym’s Cookies, Big Lil’ Fudge, Sweets by Belen Alfajores
Cookbooks with a Texas Twist: Houston’s Top 100 Food Trucks, Houston Small Plates & Sips, The Ultimate Food Lover’s Guide to Houston

“I & U / 1,2 1,2” Art Exhibit by Santos Guerrero

Posted in Events, MKT BAR, News

Reality is a mental labyrinth / ignorance, its linear beast.
When ignorance fuels destruction / history, strategically repeats.
Awareness of awareness / elevates the dreamer from its sleep.
Dare to dream awake / encourage memory beyond illusionary feats.
If knowledge is power / grant wisdom to reign supreme.
Unearth your history / from this labyrinth we dream.
Ye are stars / reality sets free.
Love is the path / imagination has its doors / transformation, your key.

Santos Guerrero’s compositions blend inter-dimensional time/space narratives to create surrealist landscapes, often centered around anti-form line compositions. He employs a vast range of techniques from oil-based, acrylic, industrial and aerosol paints to avant-garde forms involving various forms of medium-applications, all with a keen eye for the emotive power of color.

The opening reception on February 19th from 8PM-midnight features a music line-up including Wonky Powers recording artist George West and deejay FREDster with special guest, multi-platinum music producer The ARE, whose credits include work for LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Houston’s own K-OTIX, whose latest album features cover art by Guerrero.
In honor of the artist’s hometown of Monterrey, Mexico a Santos-inspired ceviche and michelada will be available for purchase at the opening reception.

Opening Reception: Friday, February 19, 2016, 8PM-midnight
Exhibition On View: February 19 – April 17, 2016

Opening Reception Music Line-up
8:30-9:30PM – The ARE
9:45-10:45PM – George West
11PM-Midnight FREDster

All artwork will be available for purchase and the artist will be in attendance at the opening reception.


Ruth: Phoenicia Dreams Come True!

Posted in News, Phoenicia Team

A member of the Phoenicia team for 21 years, Ruth has seen a lot of changes in the store during that time. She started at Arpi’s Deli and has worked in many of the departments at Phoenicia. She eventually made her way to manager of the hot grill, where she is happiest. While Ruth has worked with so many great people, her favorite will always be Richard Willis. She loved working with Richard and was sad when he moved to the Phoenicia Downtown location. Ruth feels a family bond with her teammates and considers them her “work family.” Also feeling a bond with customers, Ruth has been their acquaintance for many years, often seeing kids grow up and bringing in their own children!

Ruth grew up in Mexico and remained there after her brothers had moved to Houston. She dreamed of coming to Houston and was so excited when she finally had a chance to move here, right away she began working as a cashier in a Mexican Café but she longed for more. She knew someone who was working at Phoenicia and they were very happy, they talked about their job in the most positive ways and it made her really want a job here but she wasn’t confident in her cooking or her language skills and was afraid it was going to be a challenge. When she finally applied, her desire to work was evident and she was hired, it was her dream come true! Ruth was excited in her new position and went to school to study and learn so she could be a stronger member of the Phoenicia Team.

Though different cultures and languages can sometimes be difficult, Ruth really tries to connect with customers. She is sympathetic to language boundaries and will often use her version of sign language to direct or satisfy a customer’s needs. In her wildest dreams she never thought she would learn so many customs! One thing she notes is that every country and nationality can agree on one thing…delicious food! She laughs as she says that everyone loves Shawarma! Shawarma was the first food she tried at Arpi’s. It is the healthiest sandwich. She smiles sheepishly as she said that on her second day she saw falafel and thought “What is that?!?” she nibbled a bite and fell in love with them! Her love of food is contagious and she wants everyone to share her passion. If she notices that people seem hesitant to try a shawarma she will describe it in ways they may relate to, in fact she often describes it like a burrito! And even though Ruth has worked here for so many years she NEVER gets tired of eating Shawarma!

Ruth dreams have been realized with a city and a job that she loves and she feels it just gets better and better. Ruth loves creating foods and is especially proud of the soup she makes for the hot grille menu, and she positively beams when she says, “I am proud of the job and I am happiest when Mr. Bob is happy!”

Ruth’s eyes sparkle and her smile is huge as she talks about Phoenicia. “Something holds you here”, she comments earnestly. The Tcholakian Family, the customers, her co-workers and Mr. Bob… they make you feel special.

Come experience the food and atmosphere that dreams are made of here, at Phoenicia!