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Mama's Bakery and Lebanese Deli

4237 Alabama Street, San Diego, CA 92104

The round Lebanese oven cooks flat bread (sajj ) that goes with baba ghanoush (eggplant dip) and fool madamas (fava and garbanzo stew). Must-haves include beef shawerma wrap, falafel wrap, and savory meat pie. Inexpensive.

Additional Info

Hours

Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Restaurants details

Cuisine
Price range of entrées $8 - $9
Delivery No
Outdoor seating Yes
Party room Yes
Reservations accepted No
Kids menu Yes
Occasional live music Yes
Vegetarian friendly Yes
Vegan friendly Yes
Payment options Accepts credit cards

Restaurant Menu

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Great food! The garlic chicken wrap is the bomb. No matter what you order, be sure to get lots of extra pickles and hot sauce.

July 1, 2008

If the scent of aromatic spices wafting from the front door of Mama’s Bakery and Lebanese Deli isn’t enough to activate your Pavlovian salivation response, then I fear that you may be nasally challenged. If you close your eyes, you can almost believe that you’ve been transported to a faraway market bazaar. Some of the menu items may sound a bit exotic, but Mama’s actually serves up delicious, pleasing comfort food. It just happens to be Lebanese. There’s nothing scary here, only good stuff. Nothing is too spicy or too weird. All of the menu items are fully described in English, so you can tell exactly what you are getting. It’s fun to visit Mama’s with a group of friends, so each person can order something different that everyone can share. Mama’s specializes in sandwiches and wraps made with traditional Lebanese style flatbread. The bread is made fresh on site and is cooked to order on a special oven called a sajj. The sajj looks like a hollow brick cylinder with an upside down wok on top of it. The flatbread is similar to pita, but it is slightly thicker and chewier and much tastier. There are lots of healthy and/or vegetarian items to choose from at Mama’s. My personal favorite is the “manakeesh ultimate” This wrap is cooked on the sajj, filled with lebni (Lebanese yogurt-cheese), tomatoes, mint, olives and a remarkable spread made from thyme, olive oil, sesame seeds and sumac. (Note: Edible Lebanese sumac “Rhus coriaria” is not to be confused with poison sumac “Rhus vernix”, a plant common to the U.S.) This wrap has incredibly intense flavors. I’ve eaten a lot of falafel over the years, but Mama’s has the best falafel of all. It is not deep fried, like most preparations; it’s cooked on the sajj. Other mouth-watering choices are the cheese pie, made with melty mozzarella and feta, spinach pie, creamy hummus, smoky baba ghanouj and savory fool mudamas (fava and garbanzo bean stew). They also make meat pies, lamb pies and kafta (ground beef with Lebanese seasonings) and shawarma (chicken or beef marinated with Lebanese herbs) plus makanek and soujouk (Lebanese and Armenian sausage) which the omnivores salivate over. Mama’s resides in a bright red building that was once a part of a house; the other section of the house likely serves as a residence for the owners. There’s an outside patio which is covered and partially enclosed. It’s very cozy and keeps out most of the street noise. But do I hear a bell ringing? No, it’s only my Pavlovian salivation response.

May 9, 2009

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