Interview With The Owner Of Saj Bakery
Nestled in the Balboa Mission Square in Granada Hills is a nice Mediterranean Bakery with an open kitchen, huge ovens and Shawarma grills. This is the Saj Bakery, serving authentic Lebanese cuisine.
Editor: First and foremost, what does “Saj” stand for? Is it a first name? An abbreviation?
Owner of Saj Bakery: Oh, no! Saj is traditional bread popular in Middle Eastern countries. It is baked on a domed or convex metal griddle, known as Saj. The bread is delicious, thin, and healthy.
Editor: That’s a mystery solved! Would you tell us about your bakery and its menu?
Owner of Saj Bakery: Saj Bakery is family-owned. Everything we serve is made with love like we make it for ourselves. Like my Mom makes it at home. Everything has her touch….
Editor: You mean the dishes you serve are based on your family’s recipes?
Owner of Saj Bakery: Yes!
Editor: I’ve been at Saj Bakery at lunchtime. The place was packed! The long line to cash register represented every ethnicity in America. I was surprised that Lebanese food has such a wide appeal. What accounts for such popularity of your bakery?
Owner of Saj Bakery: Our food is healthy, tasty and has many fans. As for our popularity, believe it or not, it has grown through word of mouth. People may come to us by accident but they return on purpose and yes, they spread the word. Just last night, we’ve had here a family of four: they were telling me that they found out about Saj Bakery from their visiting cousins, who learned about us from their friends….
Editor: I’ve seen Saj Bakery’s glowing customers’ reviews on Yelp.
Owner of Saj Bakery: I have to admit that I’m humbled and proud that our customers are so generous with their praise.
Editor: Would you tell us about the food and the menu?
Owner of Saj Bakery: The food we are serving is Iranian in origin with the addition of the Lebanese flavor. The menu ranges from Shawarma to Falafel and Humus; there are Middle Eastern sweet treats and more!
Editor: I’ve seen a lot of fresh vegetables, too…
Owner of Saj Bakery: Our food is 100% natural and we have made a strong commitment to keeping it that way. It is prepared fresh every day at our location by using only the best ingredients. We will never use preservatives, or artificial ingredients.
We also prepare and serve a lot of Manakeesh, traditional Lebanese pies. The pies are served with many different toppings. We put the dough with the topping in a stone oven and serve it hot.
Editor: If I understand you correctly, these are hot sandwiches, right?
Owner of Saj Bakery: Yes and they are delicious! I’d also like to mention that throughout our menu there are choices for both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Our meals are available to eat in and as take-out. We provide catering service, too.
Still, we are constantly surprised by the high demand and the level of traffic we’re getting.
Editor: I think it’s the food and your welcoming staff. One more question, if I may, what is the secret of Saj Bakery’s success?
Owner of Saj Bakery: Good quality food, made with love and care, extreme cleanliness (we have A rating) and the best possible customer service.
Editor: And location, location, location….
Owner of Saj Bakery: Absolutely!
Interview with the Owner of Saj Bakery
by Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / Eve Elrich
The Saj Bakery
11146 Balboa Blvd,
Granada Hills, CA 91344
Phone: (818) 368-4000