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Cheese, beef, za'atar manakeesh at Buffalo Bakery

There's enough pizza in Buffalo to keep taste-spotters busy for weeks, but there's not nearly enough manakeesh, its simpler Arabic cousin.

Manakeesh is a disc of dough that's been stretched out to order, topped and baked before it's delivered warm into your hands.

Check out an excellent version in Riverside at Buffalo Bakery, 205 Ontario St. There's three flavors of manakeesh ($2.99) available, as well as an assortment of shawarma and falafel sandwiches ($3.99-$5.99), salads and plates ($9.99).

One manakeesh comes with a layer of bubbly mozzarella-like cheese. A beef version is covered with a mixture of subtly flavored ground beef, tomato and peppers, not spicy, similar to an Italian American beef sauce.

Dried thyme, sesame seeds and extra virgin olive oil flavor a za'atar manakeesh at Buffalo Bakery. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

The third is covered with a fragrant dried spice mixture called za'atar, made of dried thyme and other spices, and sesame seeds in emerald-green extra virgin olive oil.

It's a fine way to get a little taste of the flavors Buffalo's new neighbors are bringing to the party.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, closed Monday. Phone: 424-7769.


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