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Mar 16, 2007 01:57 PM

Big Mama's and Papa's (Khachapouri)

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.

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  1. 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.

    1. 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 it!

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      1. re: Dave and Stuff

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

      2. 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. 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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          1. re: WildSwede

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

            1. re: ipsedixit

              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.

          2. 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.