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Oct 2, 2007 02:31 PM

Russian groceries

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


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  1. 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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    1. re: gini

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

      1. re: lergnom

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

        1. re: teezeetoo

          That would be Berezka, not Brezhna.

            1. re: galleygirl

              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.

              1. re: BobB

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

          1. re: lergnom

            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.

            1. re: Allstonian

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

              1. re: Allstonian

                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.

            2. re: gini

              Second Bazaar. The best selection of prepearedfood and salads.

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

              1. 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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                1. re: mosboa

                  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!

                  1. re: lcd


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

                2. 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