500BestSquareNajah Bread @ Babylon Cafe

The standard bread in most Lebanese restaurants is pita. A few restaurants get ambitious, as Najah Alsherees did in his pleasant cafe on Maple Street. He bakes his own bread in house, and it’s so good that you’ll wind up eating too much of it–even though you have to pay a little extra. It’s round like a pita but much thicker and a bit crustier. Anything you figure out to do with it works, from spreading it with hummus to making a kebab sandwich. If you’ve had the pita bread at Shaya, you have a good idea of what Najah’s is like. He had it first.

Babylon Cafe. Riverbend: 7724 Maple. 504-314-0010.

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