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Favorite Armenian bakeries/restaurants

LatinGuy Dec 4, 2007 10:05 PM

I have an Armenian buddy coming in from the East Coast. Would love to take him to an Armenian restaurant or bakery (there isn't exactly a wealth of options in Pittsburgh suburbia). Any suggestions? Embarrassingly, I've only been to Paradise Pastry, which is fantastic, but I'd love more ideas.

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    Burger Boy RE: LatinGuy Dec 5, 2007 05:12 AM

    Partamians for Lahmajoon!

    Partamian Bakery
    5410 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

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      ebethsdad RE: LatinGuy Dec 5, 2007 11:52 AM

      Not sure where you are located but if you are near the Valley take him to the Olive Garden market on Oxnard just west of Whitsett. They have an instore bakery and a good selection of both Armenian and middle-eastern delicacies. He can stock up.

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        Das Ubergeek RE: ebethsdad Dec 5, 2007 04:20 PM

        I believe it's just called the Olive Market, but yes -- they have a fantastic bakery. And if you're looking for the breads, go to Black Jack Market on the NE corner of Sherman Way and Bellaire -- I still have found noplace in Little Gaza that has such good lavash and chorniy xleb as Black Jack.

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        Hailyn RE: LatinGuy Dec 5, 2007 11:55 AM

        Sarki's Bakery on Washington Blvd. in Pasadena has a huge assortment of Armenian pastries; there's also a branch in Glendale. And I second the recommendation for Partamians -- wonderful lahmajoun.

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          Joe RE: Hailyn Dec 5, 2007 01:18 PM

          I know both well and IMO, Vrej Pastry on Allen is by far better. Sarkis Bakery just has the name and the curb appeal but no where near as good as Vrej's.

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            Hailyn RE: Joe Dec 5, 2007 02:51 PM

            Thanks for the tip. I'll have to give Vrej a try. What do you like there?

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              Joe RE: Hailyn Dec 5, 2007 07:30 PM

              Well, pretty much everything there is good. It all depends on what you like. If you go on a weekend and towards the earlier part of the day, they serve-up a killer kaniafa (sp?), which is usually eaten as a breakfast sweet. They have AWESOME cakes as whole or as individuals servings. Delicious cookies and if your friend likes Baklava, theirs is one of the best around.
              While there, go next door to Garo's Basturma and let him score some tasty basturma. If he's middle easter, he'll love it.

        2. Chowpatty RE: LatinGuy Dec 5, 2007 12:14 PM

          I love Sasoun Bakery, which also has a branch in Glendale. The cheese borek and the one with the sumac on top are fantastic. They also have tahini bread.

          Sasoun Bakery
          5114 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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            Joe RE: LatinGuy Dec 5, 2007 01:14 PM

            Bakeries: Hands down, Sassoun Bakery on Santa Monica Blvd. (just west of Normandie). Lahmajun (Armernian pizza) is the best in town. Also try their spicy cheese breads. They're very good, albeit spicy and greasy. Glendale location seems to be of same quality and freshness.
            If you meant bakeries, as in pastries and sweet stuff. In Pasadena, on Allen. Vrej Pastry. Much better then other bakeries.

            Restaurants: Marouch Restaurant on Santa Monica (corner of Edgemont). Personally, my favorite middle eastern eatery in Southern California. A close 2nd is Carousel in Glendale and a 3rd is Carnival in Sherman Oaks.

            The above is guaranteed to satisfy all his cravings.

            Carousel Restaurant
            304 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

            Carnival Restaurant
            4356 Woodman Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

            Vrej Pastry
            1074 N Allen Ave, Pasadena, CA

            Marouch Armenian & Middle Eastern Cuisine
            4905 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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              missy85 RE: Joe Dec 5, 2007 03:02 PM

              I second the rec for Marouch! Actually, just came back from a late lunch there. Consistently great food.

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                Burger Boy RE: Joe Dec 5, 2007 03:47 PM

                Joe, Try Partamian"s for Lahmajoon, they been doing it for the first wave of Armenian immigrants (30's & 40"s) to Los Angeles since the 50's

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                  Das Ubergeek RE: Joe Dec 5, 2007 04:22 PM

                  Just a note that Carnival and Carousel are kind of "all middle Eastern" with a heavy emphasis on Lebanese. Not that Armenian food is that different, but my choices for Armenian food are Cafe Bravo on Glenoaks in Glendale and Golden Fork (two branches, one in Little Armenia somewhere in Hollywood, and the other on Vanowen and Fulton in Van Nuys).

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                    Joe RE: Das Ubergeek Dec 5, 2007 07:34 PM

                    I love Cafe Bravo. Up until 4 years ago, I worked a block from there and have eaten there a few dozen times. Sadly, the old man who opened the joint died 2 years ago of a massive heart attack and although their food is still good, it's not as good as it was. Also, their menu is a bit more on the Armenian-Russian side. Consider the fact the he migrated from Armenia to Iran and eventually to here, it's clear why that is. They make a tasty chicken Kebob and delicious Ikra (eggplant dip). One of the best I've had.

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                  LatinGuy RE: LatinGuy Dec 5, 2007 08:07 PM

                  Considering I had absolutely no idea where to go prior to this post, this is treasure box of options. Marouch is actually close to where I live; I had no idea it even existed. Thanks for all, and please continue throwing suggestions out!

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