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Turkish Food Anaheim

Koftegi Iskender

Mehmet Kaplan is from Cappadocia and spent his formative years in Istanbul, becoming a chef and culinary tour guide. He and wife/partner Lisa Matarazzo shifted Al Sanabel Bakery into a higher gear when they...
Middle Eastern Restaurant Anaheim

Olive Tree: Feasting on Lamb in Anaheim’s Little Arabia [CLOSED]

Forget Disneyland. Little Arabia is the best reason to visit Anaheim, and Olive Tree is the neighborhood’s best overall restaurant, featuring pan-Arab dishes from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and several more nations, with a menu...
Middle Eastern Food Anaheim

Olive Tree: Showcasing Pan-Arab Flavors in Anaheim [CLOSED]

Some people refer to the mile-long stretch of Brookhurst Street between Lincoln and Ball as Little Gaza, but that doesn’t begin to cover the neighborhood’s breadth and depth. No spot captures Little Arabia’s pan-Arab...
Bakery Orange County

Al-Amir Bakery: Producing Princely Flatbreads in Little Arabia

Los Angeles bakers produce some brilliant Middle Eastern flatbreads, but Anaheim’s Little Arabia still stands out due to its variety and density, with three deluxe flatbread bakeries occupying a six-block radius. One of the...
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Al Sanabel Bakery: Sampling Arabic Breads in Disney Shadow

In the shadow of Disneyland, an Arabic community known as Little Gaza has sprouted up since the 1990’s, populated with immigrants from the Gaza Strip and Lebanon. A row of restaurants and bakeries has...