Baba’s Pantry: A Colorful Deli and Palestinian Market

When Yahia Kamal first emigrated to the U.S. from Palestine in the 1980s, food was his connection to home. Now, he’s sharing that connection with all of Kansas City through Baba’s Pantry, the colorful deli and market Kamal opened with his family this summer. “I love food and I love to feed people,” Kamal says. “I’m so happy when I see people like the food.” Kansas Citians may be most familiar with the hummus Kamal has made and sold over the last 20 years, and you can still grab it from the market, along with dips and condiments, spices, and pickled veggies. But there’s much more to love: falafel stuffed with onions and sumac, chicken shawarma and beef kebab, plus baked treats like hilbeh, an ideal complement to a cup of the shop’s rich Turkish coffee.