Just two doors down from Griffin Takeaway is Pars Market. Pars offers a selection of Persian groceries and a small sit-down restaurant and catering.
The restaurant menu is very short – chicken or beef kebabs. There are no vegetarian options.
The store offers a large selection of Persian cookies. I was intrigued by some of the flavours: saffron, cardamom, and dill. There were also biscuits with coconut, walnut, and chocolate fillings.
I was told that the Special Sohan (a traditional Iranian saffron brittle toffee) is very tasty and popular. Here’s a recipe if you’d like to make it yourself.
I thought that the herbal waters were an alternative to sweet juices and pop, but I was told that they are intended to be used medicinally. Some online research showed that herbal distillates have been used for centuries in traditional Persian medicine.
Pars Market is located at 8-3311 8th Street East.