West county's newest restaurant, Phoenicia Mediterranean Deli (15344 Manchester Road, Ellisville; 314-764-9222), promises a healthful menu of Mediterranean classics. But that's not all — not by any means. Co-owner Rana Baydoun also offers terrific baked goods.
Baydoun is an avid baker of pastries from both the eastern and northern shores of the Mediterranean. Her desserts are intended as compliments to the rest of the vegetable-heavy, Mediterranean menu.Sandwiched between Ballwin Cycles and a nail salon in one of the innumerable strip malls lining Manchester, Phoenicia is one of the few options in the far-out 'burbs available to those looking for a falafel fix or to scratch a shawarma itch. Hicham Baydoun, Rana's husband and co-owner, notes that many of his friends in the area regularly drive to Tower Grove, downtown or the Loop to find similar offerings. The couple hopes to change this, with a counter-service restaurant that also offers six tables and a few bright touches.