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lahmajune in the east bay?

elmwoodchica Aug 17, 2006 06:45 AM

greetings all... does anyone know of a good place to get lahmajune (the armenian flatbread with the addictive meat topping) in the east bay? or sf, or anywhere else in the bay area for that matter? preferably at a deli/market for purchase by the dozen (or two) rather than at a resto... danke!!!

  1. arktos Sep 29, 2011 09:27 AM

    The Sunrise Deli on Bancroft in Berkeley also carries it. Ground Lamb with bell peppers, onions and tomatoes on flat bread.

    Sunrise Deli
    2456 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

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      elmwoodchica Sep 29, 2011 01:43 AM

      don't know if anyone is reading this thread anymore, but - turns out turkish kitchen in downtown berkeley has excellent lahmajune! spelled the turkish way, lahmacun. it's a resto, not a market, but it's delish.

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      1. re: elmwoodchica
        Robert Lauriston Sep 29, 2011 09:37 AM

        Almost everything I've had at Turkish Kitchen has been great.

        They ought to have them at St. Vartan's annual festival, which is the first weekend in October, but I can't remember for sure.


        Turkish Kitchen
        1984 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

        Saint Vartan Armenian Festival
        650 Spruce St, Oakland, CA

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          twocents Sep 29, 2011 11:29 AM

          I like the Turkish kitchen version.
          Also, I think I had some last year at that middle eastern market on Telegraph in the 30's.

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            elmwoodchica Sep 29, 2011 12:37 PM

            i didn't think everything at turkish kitchen was great, but their lahmajune did hit the spot for me (and sometimes, that can be a very idiosyncratic thing, when trying to satisfy a memory!).

            i'm planning to check out st. vartan's, and maybe st. john's in SF in a couple of weekends as well (http://www.stjohnarmenianchurch.com/b...). the summer-long food prep schedule on their website alone is enough to make me curious.

            the one time i checked out oasis, what they had seemed like sfiha rather than lahmajune (thicker bread, less vegetal-y filling).

            1. re: elmwoodchica
              rubadubgdub Sep 30, 2011 09:40 AM

              St. Vartan's definitely has it and the fest is next weekend (10/7 - 10/8). My Armo bf thinks fondly of it if that helps. He buys a couple dozen and keeps them frozen until he has a craving. They have a big to-go food section with lots of stuff made by the church ladies. Great dolmas as I recall.

          2. re: Robert Lauriston
            davepitt Nov 1, 2011 05:19 PM


            1. re: davepitt
              Robert Lauriston Nov 1, 2011 05:23 PM

              Lahmajun are, as noted in the original post, Armenian.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                davepitt Nov 1, 2011 06:31 PM

                Of course they are. Being Armenian I've been eating them since I was a kid (though we spell them "lamejun". My point was that having a Turkish vendor at an Armenian church festival may be considered a little insensitive. I edited my post because I realized I didn't want to get into a political discussion on a food board.

                1. re: davepitt
                  Robert Lauriston Nov 1, 2011 08:55 PM

                  All the food at St. Vartan's is made by volunteers. I didn't mean that Turkish Kitchen would be there.

                  Turkish Kitchen
                  1984 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

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          rdabke Aug 29, 2006 04:28 PM

          If you really want the best , thou shall drive really far from berkeley & that is to Fresno/Turlock CA..the little Armenia area of CA!!

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            elmwoodchica Aug 24, 2006 01:34 AM

            hi folks,
            thanks for all of the suggestions... is fremont really the closest lahmajune to berkeley/oakland? wow!

            thanks for the spelling advice... i know, it's spelled in a million different ways. even just the armenian version is transliterated as lahmajoon, lahmajun, lahmajune, lamajune, lahmahjune, and on and on... i'd never seen "lahambajin" of "laham bel-ajeen" though. interesting. the turkish version i had when i was in turkey, and i have to say... can't remember what it was but there's something about the armenian version i like better. maybe just that it's the stuff i remember eating when i was a kid growing up in LA? probably.

            1. Melanie Wong Aug 18, 2006 06:33 AM

              If a Levant version would suit you, then check out Iraqi baker, Rihab's in Belmont.

              Laham Bel-ajeen @ Rihab’s in Belmont

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              1. re: Melanie Wong
                Peter Cherches Aug 18, 2006 06:36 PM

                "Laham Bel-ajeen"

                Yet another variant, and a new one on me. A google search finds nothing for that exact spelling, but yields "Laham Bil Ajeen."

                1. re: Peter Cherches
                  Melanie Wong Aug 18, 2006 09:34 PM

                  That doesn't surprise me. That was the spelling on the menu, and each place uses a slightly different phonetic spelling to convert from arabic or other native language.

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                Peter Cherches Aug 17, 2006 06:24 PM

                If you plan to do any googling on your own, note the variant names/spellings for what is essentially the same thing:

                lahmacun (Turkish, probably the most common spelling)
                lahambajin (middle eastern)

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                  rdabke Aug 17, 2006 05:13 PM

                  Try Yekta market or Habibi in Fremont. Both are near the intersection of Washington & Fremont Blvd.
                  Yekta is near 41063 Fremont Blvd Fremont, CA
                  Habibi is in the opposite shopping complex by Safeway

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