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Fadi's Brick Oven Flatbread

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When you walk in the front door of the new Fadi's Mediterranean restaurant in West Houston, you are looking into the business end of a gorgeous Renato pizza oven. And Fadi's doesn't even make pizza. The new state-of-the-art Fadi's, which is located in the Shadowbriar Shopping Center on Westheimer just east of Dairy-Ashford, uses the wood-burning brick oven to turn out a constant supply of hot flatbread. Although "flatbread" is something of a misnomer in this case since the dough rounds balloon up after a few minutes on the hot bricks and actually look more like pillows when they come out of the oven. But the point of the pizza oven is to turn out a top quality pita that's extra crispy on the outside crust and wonderfully soft and bready in the middle--sort of like a great pizza.

The shiny new Fadi's offers the same buffet line of Middle Eastern dips, salads, and hot dishes found in the other restaurants. The desserts here are stellar, try the bird's nest stuffed with honeyed walnuts and pistachios. This Fadi's location also has an enormous stainless steel chicken rotisserie that's visible from the street. There is also a sign for a drive-through lane, although it isn't open yet. I am thinking drive-through roasted chicken and pizza oven pita is an idea whose time has come.

-Robb Walsh

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