Byblos Mediterranean Bakery and Pizza

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Family owned and operated, Byblos Mediterranean Bakery aims to be La Crescenta’s top restaurant. Ambitious and full of passion, Avo crafts each dish with exquisite taste that brings the Middle East to Central Los Angeles. Stop by, say hello, and enjoy a meal that will surely please your palette.

Don’t be put off by the plain appearance of this place. Though superficially resembling a Middle-Eastern fast food restaurant, Byblos is head-and-shoulders over other such places in food quality and preparation. In particular, Byblos is set apart by the fact that they are a bakery, so they bake their offerings in-house and thus arrive extremely fresh to your table. Billed as a Lebanese restaurant, it is in fact Armenian owned.

With a small number of tables, the atmosphere is unremarkable. Again, don’t be bothered. With Armenian music playing in the background, you place your order at the counter; there’s no order-taking at the tables. Efficient order-takers (which often includes the manager) will take your choices and charge you. You pick up your number placard and choose a table to sit, where the delicious fare will soon arrive.

Arriving early on a Saturday night, we took advantage of being in a small group to fully sample their menu. For appetizers, we chose one of Byblos’ offerings that immediately sets it apart from their peers: Their abundant selection of Beuregs (Armenian flat breads with fillings.) We chose Spicy Cheese, Zaatar with Cheese (thyme, olive oil, sesame seed and cheese), Green Olive, and Spinach & Cheese. All arrived deliciously crisp and tasty.