Little Arabia Lebanese Bakery & Cuisine is a Middle Eastern restaurant in Anaheim. It’s already offering a fine balancing act between pleasing its Arab customers and drawing in the rest of us. So its sphihas, the Levantine take on a personal pizza, get rebranded as “bakery pies.” But there’s no watering down on the ingredients; the zaatar is peppery, the sojouk perfectly charred. The lahmbaajeen choice — ground beef sweetened with cinnamon and sumac — is the best around. The bread is thick, doughy, large enough to warrant a one-slice leftover, and ridiculously affordable—with the most expensive one topping out at $5, it makes a bánh mì seem as much a ripoff as caviar.
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"Wow, this was a great meal!" exclaimed a middle-aged white man one recent weekday afternoon at Little Arabia Lebanese Bakery & Cuisine in Anaheim's Little Arabia neighborhood. He was the only gabacho in the restaurant at the ti...