The greatest part about living in a city where the melting pot is big enough for seconds, one knows there is no appetite big enough to make one feel limited to continue to explore the streets and all sectors of the communities in search for something new, satisfying and memorable.
The prices are beyond reasonable but the food is beyond anything anyone can write about…by far, the best Middle Eastern food in Miami money can buy.
Does the memory of a homemade dish ever bring you to a place you wish you didn’t have to leave behind? A time so simple but everlasting you could still taste it? My epicurious imagination is forever attached to the mysterious recipes my grandmother would prepare but certainly open to continue to relive all the happiest moments that are somehow attached to a flavor and a scent so unforgettable…well, it is sure to either make you smile or make you cry. For those of us of one or more backgrounds, and even more so for those of us that have had to leave much of it behind, our multicultural palette is almost insatiable…but really so is anyone else’s who really likes great food and to eat well.
While it is certainly most difficult to reproduce the taste and the moment now forever embedded in your mind, there are places like The Daily Bread in Pinecrest, FL that is sure to bring a smile to my face every single time. Since 1978, The Daily Bread has remained loyal to simplicity but beautifully complex delicacies from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Greece and Israel; most of all, the family owned and ran business has stayed true to their mission of providing the best possible food and absolutely familiar service to those that have been loyal to them since, have been dining with them for some time and certainly to every new face that walks through their doors. Their food is made daily, fresh and free of preservatives and there is something behind the refrigerator doors that is sure to attract your attention even after you have ordered something or many things from their steaming chafing dishes.
The daily bread is not a simple family owned eatery. Their dining area is adorned with the sights and smells of essential oils, desserts, and other equally authentic decorative pieces; among these, endless gift possibilities that are sure to make for a unique experience for the person receiving them….even if they are also for you.
Walking into the Daily Bread dining area not only brings your taste buds to life but all your senses; the colors, consistent love that pours out of the laughter and the anecdotes shared over any portion of food that greets you almost instantly as you stand at the door. The Daily Bread is not just an establishment serving hot food or anything else found within it for that matter, it is a family gathering, a place for friends new and old and “regulars”.
The Daily Bread is an integral part of the Syrian, Lebanese, and Jordanian, Greek and Israeli community in the United States here in Miami, FL. It is an extension as well as the window into the hearts of many immigrant families whose lives and plans have changed (at times) abruptly and whose work ethic shows in all they do. They cater to an array of events, including any of your own, and as much care as is put into the production of the food served to the public will be equally dedicated to yours. It is very clear, in every bite and every smile that the aim has never been to simply bring home to their new home but rather to bring part of theirs into ours.
If you have ever visited the Daily Bread, you have at least once encountered one of the Mazzawi brothers greeting every single person walking through the door, Toufic Mazzawi (owner and father) sitting at a table writing and observing and listening carefully and taking it all in. Their service and the quality is not consistent with the press and the ratings they receive, the overall satisfaction comes from the years of successfully tapping into the heart of every client as well as theirs.