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danielle Oct 2, 2007 02:31 PM

What's the best place to get Russian groceries in Boston? Would appreciate any recommendations!


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  1. gini RE: danielle Oct 2, 2007 06:30 PM

    I really like Bazaar in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. Especially their prepared foods - the georgian eggplant, mushroom pate and beet salads are all great.

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      lergnom RE: gini Oct 2, 2007 07:20 PM

      They have a larger store between Cambridge St and Brighton Ave in Allston.

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        teezeetoo RE: lergnom Oct 2, 2007 07:22 PM

        bazaar is good, as in Brezhna off Harvard on Commonwealth, and Russian Village on Beacon and Winthrop in Brookline.

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          Allstonian RE: teezeetoo Oct 4, 2007 11:57 AM

          That would be Berezka, not Brezhna.

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            galleygirl RE: Allstonian Oct 4, 2007 11:58 AM

            Means 'birch trees' in Russian....

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              BobB RE: galleygirl Oct 5, 2007 01:25 PM

              Little-mentioned tidbit about Berezka - they have a small fresh produce section in the back. It has a limited selection, but what they do have (mostly popular Russian items like fresh beets, dill, lemons, etc) is substantially cheaper than in supermarkets.

              My wife is Russian, we find Bazaar and Berezka to be pretty comparable in what they offer. There also another place whose name escapes me, on Washington St. near the corner of Comm Ave, that's not bad either, though not quite as good as these two.

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                galleygirl RE: BobB Oct 5, 2007 04:52 PM

                Yes, they have a similar little area at the back of bazaar, with similar prices. Always a dilly deal...;)

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                  lergnom RE: BobB Oct 5, 2007 06:43 PM

                  That's Babushka.

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            Allstonian RE: lergnom Oct 4, 2007 11:59 AM

            Do they have the same (and same quality) of prepared foods at the Allston store? That would be good to know - it's right on my way home and about 10 minutes walk from my house.

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              galleygirl RE: Allstonian Oct 4, 2007 12:09 PM

              I've never been to the one in Allston; too lazy! (blush)

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                lergnom RE: Allstonian Oct 4, 2007 03:23 PM

                It's the same. I think the Brookline store has a specific beet salad the other doesn't carry but the Allston store often has more smoked fish and a few other salads. The Allston store is much larger.

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              galleygirl RE: gini Oct 3, 2007 05:11 AM

              Second Bazaar. The best selection of prepearedfood and salads.

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              RDR RE: danielle Oct 4, 2007 11:31 AM

              Waban Market on Windsor Road in Waban--next to Barry's Deli.

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                mosboa RE: danielle Oct 5, 2007 11:22 AM

                I personally go to Bazaar. Am Russian. I am going to hit up Waban market since i hear its like a russian supermarket and the quality of the food is pretty high.
                Note to all, you need to ask which food is made locally and which is delivered from NY. Yes, alot of what you see in Boston Russian stores is trucked from Brighton Beach, NY.

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                  lcd RE: mosboa Oct 5, 2007 03:00 PM

                  Can you tell me the name of the cold beet salad sold at Bazaar in Brookline? The beets (and potatoes?) are cooked and cubed. Once I have a name, I can find a recipe. Thanks!

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                    mosboa RE: lcd Oct 5, 2007 06:38 PM


                    the link above is a pretty good standard "vinegret" recipe.

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                  tsh RE: danielle Nov 4, 2007 02:20 PM

                  I usually shop in Bazaar near Coolidge Corner or Bazaar in Allston. They have great food, especially the deli section. The fresh produce is quite good and cheap too. The service is good and friendly, but be prepared to wait up to 15 minutes in line in the deli section on busy evenings.

                  Bazaar International Gourmet
                  1432 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

                  Bazaar On Cambridge St
                  424 Cambridge St, Allston, MA

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