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Nazareth Bread Company

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Don’t let the name fool you, Nazareth Bread Company is more than really really good bread.

It also has delicious spinning meats.

However, their bread is very good.  Especially the pita.  I worked in New York City for a summer in college and lived in Astoria, Queens.  According to Wikipedia, in the 70’s Astoria had the largest population of Greeks outside of Greece itself.  I ate fresh pita bread almost every day that summer and I have pined for it ever since coming back to NC.

You can hardly see it under there because they load you up with so much food.  So let’s talk about what else is on the plates.  Mediterranean food has gotten to be pretty popular, so this should all be pretty recognizable to you.  However, Nazareth Bread is not a Greek restaurant.  The proprietors are Palestinian so the food has some slight differences.

The chicken kabobs are seasoned with a delicious blend of spices, including some that we would usually associate with sweet dishes like cinnamon.  Stuffed grape leaves have never been my favorite, but these were pretty good with some tomato and mint in the stuffing.  The taboule rocked.  Again, taboule is another dish that I could take or leave, but this was great.  Taboule is a dish composed of bulgher wheat with a lot of parsley, as well as lemon juice, onion, tomato, etc.  When it’s bad, it tastes like straight parsley.  This, however, was great – very lemony and didn’t taste like I was mowing a field by mouth.  The hummus was solid, with more tahini bitterness than store-bought varieties.

M ordered the beef shwarma, which came with sauteed onions and a tahini sauce on top.  Very good, but I would probably skip the tahini sauce next time.  It was a little overpowering.  Going clockwise is the tzatziki, a cucumber yogurt sauce.  This tzatziki was very cool and creamy with a sweet fresh dairy taste.  It wouldn’t surprise me if they made the yogurt in house.  Next is one of my favorites, (to both eat and say) baba ganouj.  It didn’t disappoint.  And rounding it out, more hummus.  And baklava.

I love all Mediterranean / Middle Eastern food like this, but this place had some of the intangibles right that elevated its food.  For instance, they grill over charcoal, which gives the meat and pita a nice smoky touch.  Also, they have a ton of sides to choose from.

Besides the afore mentioned sides, there was also falafel, cucumber salad, some kind of cole slaw, and a few others.  Also, on the other side of the restaurant is the bakery section complete with pita bread, traditional breads, and cookies.


Nazareth Bread Co
4507 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27407


6 responses »

  1. Thanks Ryan!

  2. Good stuff Neelys! We’ll have to check this one out.

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  5. The shawarma platter is epic

  6. I lived in Turkey for 3 years and this is by far the best Mid Eastern food I have had since I’ve returned to the states!!! Beats several expensive places I’ve been in D.C. and New York. Thank you Mazen!! Can we get some Lamajoun???


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