Stuff We Like from Parrot Coffee



Hello again! Welcome to our new regular feature called “Stuff We Like from Parrot Coffee” (working on catchier name). We will periodically share several can’t-miss items from our favorite neighborhood grocery, Parrot Coffee — a modest little storefront on a sleepy stretch of Myrtle that features a dazzling array of homemade and imported goods from Europe, the Middle East, and the Balkans. Half the stuff we eat comes from here!

Our top picks from Parrot:

goat gouda

1. Goat Gouda

Creamy, tangy, and delicate, this lightly firm cheese is a staple in our house. It’s unique, and best on its own or simply presented with some crackers and fruit. And like everything at Parrot, it’s cheap — you can get a huge wedge for $8 or so.

2. Schweppes Bitter Lemon Soda

It’s tart like the more widely available San Pellegrino Pompelmo (my #1 favorite, also available here), but the flavor is really powerful. You can mix it 50/50 with soda and it’s still really good and less sugary. Great mixer!

bitter lemon fizz

Bitter Lemon Fizz


  • 6 oz. Schweppes Bitter Lemon
  • 1 oz. tequila or vodka (buy at Queens Wine & Liquors down the street)
  • Optional: mint, basil, jalapeno


Muddle herbs in glass filled with ice. Add rest of ingredients and stir. Enjoy!

3. Spinach Pie

Parrot sells spinach pie two ways: ready-to-eat sheet-pan style ($3 a square), or frozen coils of burek ($10 for 6 pies)Both use a similar spinach and cheese filling and filo dough, but the fresh pie is brushed with a heavy egg wash and seems more casserole-y, whereas the burek bakes up really nice and crispy. I enjoy both types. To prepare the frozen burek, bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cut into quarters and serve to delighted guests!

Parrot Coffee and Grocery

5822 Myrtle Avenue  [map]
(718) 821-2785

Queens Wine & Liquors

5903 71st Avenue [map]
(718) 821-4769


3 thoughts on “Stuff We Like from Parrot Coffee

  1. Yay! Very pleased that Ridgewood has its very own neighborfoodie blog now. I love Parrot Coffee as well – my favorite items so far are the cans of spiced fava beans that cook up awesome into foul ; and the chunks of halvah sold by the piece at the cash register.

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