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At a Glance

Al-Baghdadi:

Manakish On Demand

Monday, April 1, 2013

QUICK BITE MIDDLE EASTERN BAKERY CONCORDIA GHETTO CASUAL <$10

The Pitch

Many places were closed on Easter Monday, so we decided to go to one of our regular spots, Al-Baghdadi.  This Middle Eastern bakery and shisha café, popular with the Concordia student crowd, serves solid manakish (a.k.a. Armenian pizzas) and sweet pastries.

The Food

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"Made-to-order" is what we like about Al-Baghdadi.  The baker will roll out the dough on demand, add the toppings then slide it in their clay oven, as opposed to the neighboring Al-Taib and Arouch, where everything is prepared ahead of time and merely heated through on order.

Zaatar & Cheese Man'ousheh thumbnail (click to enlarge)

$3

$3

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Zaatar & Cheese Man'ousheh

You really need to eat this man'ousheh quick, otherwise the zaatar half will dry up.

rated:  SO-SO

Sujouk (Spicy Beef) Man'ousheh thumbnail (click to enlarge)

$3.50

$3.50

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Sujouk (Spicy Beef) Man'ousheh

"with extra cheese".  This has become our favorite man'ousheh in town.

rated:  CLASSIC

The Verdict

We recommend Al-Baghdadi as a quick-bite or take-out option, provided you're willing to wait for the longer preparation time.  The upstairs sitting area is a little drab and the service can use some improvement, so we normally wouldn't sit for an extended period of time unless we were craving some shisha and mint tea.

tagged:  SOLID

Price per person:  $6.25

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