We Love Flatbreads!

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At Terrace Restaurant and Lounge, we’re known for our delicious homemade tanoor bread, a traditional Middle Eastern flat bread grilled with oil to give it a scrumptious doughy, bubbly texture.

Fresh tanoor bread

Fresh tanoor bread

Almost as popular is our pita, the well-known flat bread that creates “pockets” when sliced in half which make it perfect for making stuffed sandwiches of falafel, vegetable, pickle, grilled meats, hummus, and more!

Falafel stuffed sandwich in pita bread

Falafel stuffed sandwich in pita bread

Flatbreads have been cooked and eaten all over the word for thousands of years, though, and these are just two of the many different variants of the flatbread found in several cultures and time periods. Some other well-known type of flatbread are naan from India, focaccia from Italy, lavash from Armenia/Iran, tortillas from Spanish-settled countries, and Jewish matzo.

Regardless of their origin and method of cooking, flat breads have some key things in common; for one, their flatness. Flat breads are flat because the dough does not rise after being prepared and rolled due to a near or total absence of baker’s yeast in the recipe. Bread that does not rise is called unleavened bread, and these recipes share a simple base formula of flour, salt, and water.

Women cooking flatbread in Mosul

Women cooking flatbread in Mosul

Variations take place with added ingredients, generally dictated by the region or culture from which the recipe came. Some flatbreads are rolled thinner or cooked longer to make them crispy; others are baked in clay ovens or infused with oils like olive oil, butter, and lard to achieve the desired texture and flavors. Vegetables, seasonings, and cheeses are also often baked into flatbreads.

Is your mouth watering yet? Come in soon for dinner– contact us here to reserve your table today! We’ll keep some tanoor warm for you to load up with dips and vegetables from our mini mezza or another of our delicious, authentic Middle Eastern plates!