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Big Mama's and Papa's (Khachapouri)

ipsedixit Mar 16, 2007 01:57 PM

Ok, I finally tried this place (the one in downtown), and got myself Khachapouri, which I am told is a Russian comfort food.

If you've never had (or seen) Khachapouri, it's basically an oval shaped pizza-type thing (sort of like a split-open calzone), topped with cheese (feta and mozarella), butter and whatever toppings you would like. I got the one with bacon and ham. All of it was topped with 2 eggs, sunny side up.

Sounds gross, I know, but it was really good. Sort of reminded me of the egg and guanciale pizza at Mozza.

Carl's Jr. has their "breakfast in a bun" hamburger, then this is probably the Russian/Italian equivalent.

Check it out for yourself. https://36pizza.com/?page=42

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  1. Silver Lake Guy Mar 16, 2007 02:03 PM

    OMG it's my new favorite comfort food, often consumed (incongruously) after the gym. Try the ham and mushrooms if you're into it or the bacon and onions. The SO thinks I'm nuts but double yum. And it travels well.

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      Dave and Stuff Mar 16, 2007 02:25 PM

      I love that Khachapouri at Big Mama's and Papa's...Crispy Crust pizza also does something similar called "Breakfast pizza"...also a winner.

      But my favorite "odd" use for an egg is the fried egg on my Fatburger at Fatburger...I always order a bacon and egg Fatburger...love it!

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      1. re: Dave and Stuff
        ipsedixit Mar 16, 2007 02:57 PM

        I'm going to opt for the pastrami next time ...

      2. ozzygee Mar 16, 2007 03:25 PM

        I also get my khachapouri fix at Big M&P's. The plain is just as delicious, but without the extra strain to the coronaries, although I must confess to going whole hog once in a while.

        1. WildSwede Mar 16, 2007 03:28 PM

          I get them at the Armenian Bakeries in Glendale - they call it something else. Just get the plain ones with the cheese and egg (not fully cooked). Then sprinkle some paprika and salt on it and go to town. When I worked in Glendale, we used to call them "Boats". SO GOOD!

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            ipsedixit Mar 16, 2007 03:51 PM

            Can you tell me which bakery (or bakeries)? -thanks.

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              WildSwede Jan 16, 2011 01:57 PM

              Sorry - just saw this after all these years! I think it may be Paradise Bakery or something. I will search for the correct name and let you know. It is near Sonoma on Glenoaks.

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                WildSwede Jan 17, 2011 11:36 AM

                Yep, Paradise...


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                  happybaker Aug 29, 2013 08:09 PM

                  Is it the egg celent?


          2. MeAndroo Mar 16, 2007 03:45 PM

            Ah Big M&P's is a staple of workers in my building. I'm always seeing the yellow slice boxes in trash cans. The pizza isn't that great, but it IS big.

            I've always been a bit scared to try something that resembled pizza with egg (after Japan, I never want egg on pizza again), but it seems like it has a generally good following, so maybe I'll bite the bullet.

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              Alex250 Mar 17, 2007 03:58 PM

              Khachapuri is a traditional food in the Soviet Georgia. You can probably also find it in some Russian stores on SM Blvd.

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                mangefromage Nov 21, 2008 01:06 PM

                OMG. I had my first Khachapouri last night at Big Momma's & Papa's in WeHo, and wow, it's amazing. Best comfort/hangover/heart-attack worthy meal EVER.

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                  Servorg Nov 21, 2008 01:17 PM

                  And just so others can get a better idea of what is being talked about in this thread here's a link to a photo of said item from their website: http://www.chow.com/photos/128698

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                bagdoodle Nov 22, 2008 12:08 PM

                Try the ones at Red Top Burger on Central, a few blocks south of Colorado, in Glendale. Wonderful. Also their Pizza (Made, I think, out of the same dough) is among the best I've ever had anywhere. Their Lula Kabob is spectacular, too. As to the burgers? Don't know; never tried them.

                1. Anyuta Nov 26, 2008 09:10 AM

                  I grew up with khachapouris, so I just wanted to set the record straight. Khachapuri is neither Russian comfort food nor Armenian. It is common for the formerly Soviet Armenians to make khachapuri, satzivi, harissa, all of which are staples of Georgian cuisine. It is so common that khachapuris became an every day snack grabbed from the Armenian bakeries. However, the kind of khachapuri you are referring too is Adjarian khachapuri that comes from Adjarian khachapuri which is filled with cheese and topped with a raw egg. And yes, it's delicious. Spitak bakery next to Espresso Mi Cultura used to make it. But they're gone already. There is a small Armenian cafe downtown I believe on Olive street. He makes a killer Adjarian khachapuri. I have to say I have never met the meat encrusted version of Adjarian khachapuri. It's an American transmutation. Try the authentic one - it won't disappoint.

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                    ipsedixit Nov 28, 2008 11:24 PM

                    Thanks for the info and tip Anyuta.

                    Do you happen to recall the name of the bakery on Olive that you speak so highly of?

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                      d_doubleyew Feb 2, 2011 10:58 PM

                      There is an Armenian cafe called "Bruno" on 6th btw Olive and Grand in downtown LA. Could that be the place? They do have cheese boureks and other Armenian goodies, which I've enjoyed -- I'll have to ask them about the Adjarian khachapuri...

                      Bruno Coffee
                      502 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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                    cdub Nov 7, 2009 02:28 PM

                    I just had my first at Zaatar Factory in Burbank today. These things are damn delicious. Very friendly people. They gave me a sample of a very thin flat bread with house made sausages.

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                      Ice Cream Machine Nov 12, 2009 09:09 AM

                      My two cents: cultivate a relationship with your local Big Mama's and Papa's. Then PREORDER a large (four-egg) Khachapouri, eggs done MEDIUM RARE, with bacon and chorizo toppings. Chorizo is no longer on the menu so you'll have to special order it several hours ahead of time. There is something about the spicy sausage and bacon interacting with the runny egg yolk that make this an unbelievably good dish. I've tried many, many other combinations from the toppings list but nothing else comes close.

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                        ipsedixit Nov 12, 2009 09:41 AM

                        As of last year, the one in downtown LA will make you a 12 foot long Khachapouri with 2 dozen eggs! Preorder a must. Perfect for tailgaiting ...

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                          maiweezy Feb 2, 2011 10:42 PM

                          I called today and the guy said he had never heard of them making them that big. Same for Hollywood location. Now this 12-egg khachapouri will only exist in my dreams!

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                            ipsedixit Feb 3, 2011 08:12 AM

                            When I asked (nearly 2 years ago), I got the same response with the counter person.

                            Then I asked to speak with one of the chef (or cooks?) in the back and we bargained our way to a mutual agreement.

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                              maiweezy Feb 19, 2011 12:19 PM

                              IT LIVES! ipsedixit, I can't thank you enough for this tip - this is the best birthday brunch ever :D

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                                ipsedixit Feb 19, 2011 02:07 PM

                                Awesome! Good for you and happy b-day.

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                        inlikeflt Nov 12, 2009 09:40 AM

                        Old Sassoon Bakery in Pasadena, on Allen, north of the 210. Also does Kachapouri.

                        1. Anyuta Feb 3, 2011 08:36 AM

                          Khachapuri is actually a Georgian cheese pie, widely adopted in Armenia, but not so much in Russia. It's reminiscent of cheese boreq except comes in smaller sizes. I've heard that Mamas and Papas make Adjarian khachapuri too (Adjaria being a mountaneous region in Georgia). It's a totally different beast altogether: it's like eggs on boat-shaped freshly baked bread topped with mozarella type cheese and sprinkled with chile flakes. Delicious!
                          There is a small Armenian cafe in downtown, close to the immigration court on Olive street, but buried amongst jewelry stores. The cook there makes some of the most authentic Transcaucasian dishes (Armenia/Georgia), yet they are rarely found in the restaurants here. If you live in downtown you may want to check it out.

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                            Jelly71 Feb 3, 2011 08:40 AM

                            does anyone know of a place in the SFV that makes this? it sounds like something that i would love.

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                              Servorg Feb 3, 2011 08:46 AM


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                                Jelly71 Feb 3, 2011 08:56 AM

                                thanks for that! i didn't realize Big Mama's and Papa's had multiple locations. i am going to try that this weekend. i love fried eggs, cheese and dough in any formation, so i am really looking forward to this.

                                edit: i just found out the one closest to me is next door to a strip club. gotta love the Valley.

                                Big Mama
                                1721 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

                                1. re: Jelly71
                                  Servorg Feb 3, 2011 09:04 AM

                                  "edit: i just found out the one closest to me is next door to a strip club. gotta love the Valley."

                                  Won't that bring down the property values of the adjacent porn studios? ;-D>

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                                    Jelly71 Feb 12, 2011 02:57 PM

                                    i finally got to try it today. wow, wow, wow. that might be a perfect food. the eggs were cooked just right, yolks runny, whites just set. the dough was really good, too. very chewy and fresh tasting. and i loved that there wasn't a metric ton of cheese on it. it was enough to be tasty, but not so much as to be gross. i will be getting this again. but probably only on weekend days, because i really don't want to be hanging next door to a strip club after dark. (i went to the one on Roscoe/Canoga, it shares a parking lot with the club.)

                              2. Servorg Mar 18, 2012 03:56 PM

                                So I have noticed that there are no reviews of Jack's Bakery in Garden Grove. I also notice that they do lahmajune and even have khachapouri as well: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/5VC27Z... -(although in this photo it seems to be called a Black sea turnover) I am shocked that none of our OC-centric hounds have reviewed this place (at least that I can find).

                                Jack's Bakery
                                10515 Mcfadden Ave
                                Garden Grove, CA 92843
                                (714) 775-6773

                                1. SilverlakeGirl Mar 18, 2012 08:32 PM

                                  BTW it's also on the menu at a relatively new Georgian restaurant that gets consistantly good reviews. And there two versions, an Abkanasian and Osetinian.

                                  The Old Village in Glendale


                                  1. johnnyshungry Mar 20, 2012 04:36 PM

                                    yep OMG I love this stuff
                                    Try the new york deli on sunset by kaiser.
                                    most sandwich places in little Armenia have it.
                                    All my favorite food together, bread cheese and eggs.......

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