Unlike loaves of bread, pitas open to reveal a secret compartment easily filled with hummus, vegetables, or the heads of Southern belles in need of a bonnet. Snack on yeasty headwear with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Lebanese cafe fare at Shanto's Bakery in La Crescenta.
Shanto's Bakery serves up traditional Lebanese cuisine with sweet, savory, and vegetarian-friendly dishes. Shanto's casual dining room boasts free WiFi, allowing flatbread-loving parties to live-stream soccer matches as they nosh on a vegetable side plate of green olives, fresh mint leaves, cucumbers, mediterranean pickles, and sliced tomatoes ($3.99). Diners meet their recommended daily allowance of unleavened dough with a variety of savory manaish, including the cheese manaish, raining a blend of premium mediterranean queso down on expansive plains of oven-fresh circular flatbread ($1.89). Autos wait patiently in the cafe's private lot while their masters pop in to get a sugar fix with the Nutella and banana wrap, a combination of fresh-baked pita bread, hazelnut-chocolate spread, banana slices, and sticky-sweet honey, a favorite of regulars and bipedal cartoon bears with a rumblee in their tumblees ($3.49).