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Anita L.
Irvine, CA
3/21/2010 1 photo I was so skeptical after reading these reviews because there were only 6 reviews and all 5-stars and on top of that, some looked like they could be 'fake' reviews. Still, I bookmarked it and today, I really felt like something middle eastern so we went and grabbed breakfast at Sanabel Bakery.
The place is so small in a very non-descript mall and if you weren't looking for it, you probably wouldn't find it. It's just down the road from Sahara Falafel (on the same side of the road) right by the Chase bank.
The owner is Lebanese and he was the one who took our order. We got 3 pizzas (sphihas): the chicken and cheese (because it was recommended by the reviewers before me), the lahmbaajin (#3) which I've had at Jack's Bakery before, and the zaatar, which I've also had at Jack's before.
We went to sit down and it didn't take too long before the owner brought the pizzas out to us. There was sumac on the table and this was some of the freshest sumac I've ever tasted (or took a whiff of and you can really tell the difference!) which we added to the pizzas.
The lahmbaajin was absolutely delicious! I'd have to say even better than Jack's (sorry). This pizza had meat, onions and tomatoes.
The chicken and cheese was also absolutely delicious. The first one we got didn't have sumac on it (none of them did) but we ordered another one and they put sumac on it, probably because they saw we had put some on ours anyway.
Zaatar was just a bunch of spices which gave it a really aromatic flavor. Jack serves this with sliced onions and fresh mint leaves which they don't do here, but I thought the flavor was more intense here.
I love these pizzas because they are super thin and the toppings don't bog the crust down. We ended up having 5 pizzas. We also bought some sesame bread to take home which we've now devoured and they were also delicious!
Our 5 pizzas came to less than $13 and the sesame bread was a buck a pop!
Definitely will come back again! They truly deserve the consistent 5-star rating they've been getting on here!
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Dana Point, CA
1/23/2010 I love this place. If you're looking for authentic Middle Eastern treats, I would definitely recommend coming to Al Sanabel Bakery. Tucked in the middle of a plaza in "Little Gaza", this place is such a gem...
The staff is very friendly and patient. It is a casual dining experience, but I always feel very comfortable when I come here. Whenever I come here, I get feelings of nostalgia for my travel experiences in the Middle East as I interact with the hospitable owners.
I have ordered many, many things from here. My dad and I often drive up on Saturday or Sunday mornings to Anaheim just to take home a box of goodies to enjoy. Usually we order spinach pies (sphihas), cheese pies, zaatar pies, and more. I've also tried their green beans and falafel, which are delicious.
I also brought a group of friends up here once to try the falafel. They loved it. It was their first experience trying falafel so I'm glad I got to take them to the best. We ended up ordering some cheese pies, zaatar pies, and cheese/chicken pies as well. The cheese is always very moist and delicious...
I love this place. Come here and you won't be disappointed.
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Mark A.
Fullerton, CA
3/13/2010 Great food. This place has wonderful Manaeesh. They are a labanese pizza like dishes. Much better than a pizza though even though I love Pizza. You will enjoy the food there tremendously. The atmosphere is very simple, so don't expect too much. You can also take home some, refreigrate them and warm them up the next day or two in the over and they taste fantastic. Enjoy the food..
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Evan N.
Torrance, CA
4/17/2009 4 photos If you haven't had sphihas before you're really missing out.  OC Weekly was where I discovered this delicious creations which can be aptly described as a thin pita-pizza style crust with meat, cheese, vegetable, or even za'atar toppings.

If you're really hungry than this isn't the place to come as the sphihas run between $1-3 and arent' really substantial.  They also have other combination plates with kefta kebabs and other meats.  They also sell Turkish Delight here and my friend picked grabbed a box for a friend.  Other than this area of Little Arabia in Anaheim, I haven't found anywhere that sells sphihas.  Any of you find a place like this closer to LA let me know!
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The specialty of the house is a flat-bread pizza topped with a heady layer of pounded thyme or ground beef, the Lebanese sausage known as soujok, or parsley and mint-flecked white cheese. They're all around $2-$4.
The kefteh kebab - a remarkably juicy strip of ground beef surrounded by tangy sumac-marinated... more
The specialty of the house is a flat-bread pizza topped with a heady layer of pounded thyme or ground beef, the Lebanese sausage known as soujok, or parsley and mint-flecked white cheese. They're all around $2-$4.
The kefteh kebab - a remarkably juicy strip of ground beef surrounded by tangy sumac-marinated onions and rolled in pita - is one of the best we've ever had. (Tenny Tatusian, Orange County Register)
Tags: kabob, kebab 
Neighborhood: Northwest Anaheim 
Creator:  OC Register    

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/chicken-347882-falafel-small.html
& RESTAURANT: LEBANESE FOOD
 phone:  (714) 635-4353
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