• Middle Eastern Platter
  • International groceries shop

Mediterranean Imports, Deli & Gastro Goods

Family Owned since 1981

Four Decades of Tradition & a New Era Begins

Mediterranean Imports, Deli & Gastro Goods has been a community staple in OKC for over 40 years! Since December 2020, Maggie, Chef Christine and Catherine have been able to carry on this wonderful business and come to you from an extensive & diverse background in food & beverage service, hospitality & catering with a combined experience of almost 100 years in the hospitality industry. Our goal is to provide our customers, old & new, the same great products they've always found here. In addition, to bring new and interesting items and experiences for all.

Meet the Owners

Maggie Howell-Dowd,
Catherine Cunningham &
Chef Christine Dowd

Maggie Howell-Dowd
Catherine Cunningham
Chef Christine Howell-Dowd
Atif, Afaf, and their daughter Elaine


After working as a sous chef at the Sheraton in Oklahoma City for a year, it became important to Atif to be able to maintain a schedule that allowed him to be home with his family for dinner. He was part owner in a pizza restaurant and then left after a short while to open Mediterranean Imports, focused initially on imported groceries from around the Mediterranean and on vitamins and supplements. Atif and his wife, Afaf, ran the small operation.

Photo: Atif, Afaf, + their daughter Elaine ~1982
Atif at the deli shop

Each year, as popularity grew so did the store's selections. The grocery section expanded, a gourmet deli of imported meats & cheese were added, and finally the restaurant/eating area. With each expansion, the location moved down the block of stores on 36th and MacArthur until settling into the corner position.

Photo: Atif at the deli ~1989
Atif and Adam at Arts Festival 1993

As Oklahoma grew to love Middle Eastern cuisine, Atif & our crew made many appearances at the Arts Festival of Oklahoma in the early 90s. People were discovering the delicious secret of Middle Eastern cooking and they loved it!

Photo: Atif + Adam (employee hall of fame), Arts Festival ~1993
Atif, Afaf, and their daughter Mary

In 1996, Mediterranean Imports moved to the May Avenue location you know today. Today, Mediterranean Imports is a community staple - providing the flavors of home from all over the world for Oklahoma's melting pot. Hummus and tabouli are now commonplace in any home, and we're proud to have played a role in Oklahoma's edible journey.

Photo: Atif, Afaf, + their daughter Mary ~2019