Noor Bakery

4691 Ravenswood Rd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
954-986-1944
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Noor Bakery

Photo by Zachary Fagenson

Details

  • Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible, Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Free Parking
  • Reservations Not Necessary, Reservations Not Accepted
When Jamal Saleh opened Noor Bakery, which means "light" in Arabic, in 2006, he didn't plan on becoming an evangelist for the Lebanese flatbreads he grew up eating in Beirut. Yet today his pocket-size bakery lures devotees from all over South Florida who flock here for paper-thin flatbreads slightly scorched from a hot oven and topped with labneh, an intensely sour version of salted, Greek-style yogurt. It is nearly as thick as frosting, and delicious. The addition of chopped tomatoes and olives with a bouquet of whole mint leaves fills it out. There is the spiced-meat-and-vegetable-topped pie that inspired him to open the bakery, as well as the za'atar, a thick paste filled with sesame seeds and tinted forest green with the aroma of fresh-cut grass and leaves from plenty of thyme, sumac, and oregano. Za'atar on hot flatbread is one of the world's great flavor combinations. Despite the topnotch fare, Noor is a grab-and-go spot, but once in a while, it's worth sitting down, taking your time, and giving each bite the attention it deserves.

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