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ISO Fresh Baked Pita

OliverB | Jan 8, 201211:24 AM

I just had some really excellent Lebanese take-out from Garage Beirut - fresh fattouche, thick hummus with lamb and roasted nuts, great homemade kofta, and the best pistachhio baklava I've had in the city... but the one dud that always sticks out is the lack of real handmade pita bread. I've only just realized that there's not a single Middle Eastern food stop in Montreal that I know of, offering anything more than those boring bagged cardboard-tasting pita wedges; at times despite the quality and authenticity of other items on the menu. Strange that a cultural staple food based on it's simple, quick and sustainable origination (back to nomadic roots), would be so rare in a city with such a large and expanding Lebanese and Middle Eastern community. Is there no place to get fresh baked Lebanese pita or shrak bread in this city, and what's with otherwise decent restaurants (even at the high end!) using those plastic-packaged, store-bought or Arz brands, that taste nothing like the real thing? Does a proper Mid. Eastern bakery exist anywhere in town?

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