NORTH ARLINGTON, N.J. — Ziad Majbour says the "small-town community feel" makes North Arlington an excellent choice for the bagel shop and deli he opened there last month.
“They have really friendly, normal people here,” customer George McDermott said of Sam’s North Arlington Hot Bagels, Deli and Cafe.
Born in Lebanon and raised in Waldwick, Majbour has "always been interested in the food business. [It] has been my dream since I was a child.”
After getting an MBA, he moved to Wayne, was married and had two daughters -- with another child on the way.
Majbour also worked for more than 20 years at his parents' Sam's Bagels of Rochelle Park before opening his own shop.
Called "Z" by friends and customers, Majbour said he does his best to source his produce from area farmers’ markets.
“I buy local to try to help out the community,” he said.
Incorporating his Lebanese heritage, Majbour offers a Mediterran Panini with taboule and falafels.Bagels are baked three times a day to ensure freshness.
There's also an assortment of homemade treats. Even the cream cheese is made from scratch.
In addition to bagels, Majbour said the home fries — also made from scratch — are a popular menu item.
"Everyone asks for them," he said.
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