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Best Place to Go Nuts and Spice Up Your Life (Literally): Dean’s Mediterranean Imports

Dean’s Mediterranean Imports is packed so full of wonderful tastes, smells and textures that it’s hard to fit more than a few folks at a time inside the store’s narrow aisles. Maybe you’ve seen bags of their awesome roasted nuts at bars around town. Maybe you’re a regular patron drawn by the aromatic wall of hard-to-find spices behind the counter. Or heck, maybe you just like dropping by to chat with Dean and his daughters, the charming folks who run this one-of-a-kind gem. Whatever the reason, this Mediterranean shop is the perfect place to pick up Mediterranean spices and Dean’s own unique blends. There’s falafel spice; shawarma spice; a Syrian seven-spice blend; Jamaican, Indian and Pakistani curry; fenugreek; and the list goes on. Find some of those spices on nuts roasted in-house. Cashews, imported from India, walnuts, macadamias, pecans and more are all roasted onsite — everything except the pistachios. Buy them in bulk and buy the spices in whatever amount you need, even itty bitty portions. Dean’s Mediterranean Imports, 108 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, mediterranean-imports.com.