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Feb 21, 2009 11:55 AM

Arax Prepared Food Taken it up a Notch or Three

Sevan used to be my go-to-spot for prepared Armenian food, but lately Arax has really taken it up a notch. The kids are getting more involved in the business, new awning, a few new displays, things a bit tidier.

But the prepared foods have really taken it to a whole new level. Most are now freshness dated and they are really amazing. The variety has also gotten much better. I find myself wanting to go back and try them all. They really have dishes I have seen nowhere else. They had little balls of bulgar wheat in a tomatoey sauce that I did not even get to try, and there are at least a half dozen other dishes I am itching to taste.

Recently had the most amazing vegetarian grape leaves I have ever eaten with pine nuts, currants, and fresh dill inside. They had meat ones as an option too. The ones at Sevan I always wonder if they buy them from somewhere else made commercially.

I hope folks will support this new effort on their part because it really offers a wealth of tasty goodness that is truly unique.

Arax Market
585 Mount Auburn St
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 924-3399

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  1. Thanks for the tip. I noticed their spanking new sign the other day.

    1. Time for a trip to Watertown. I'm going over to Zipcar to reserve transportation. Thanks SpriperGuy.

      And, never Arax without a piece of real, wonderful, flavorful, fun string cheese.

      1. Hey great to know. I didn't feel comfortable buying Arax prepared food after noticing the lack of expiration dates, and having the food I did purchase seem a little off. Their pickled turnip is really good, though, and those grape leaves sound awesome.

        I must say that I do love Sevan's grape leaves. So tender and just the right lemony tang. According to one of the sons who works the counter regularly, the father makes them.

        The choices in the area are even tougher now, with Arax, Sevan and Fordees amazing falafel within a block or two.

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        1. re: bear

          Good to know that Sevan does in fact make their grape leaves. If Arax can keep it up with these new items it will be a blessing. Everything is so complex, tasty, and obviously home made.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            In the past I would only get the stuffed grape leaves at Arax only when I had them made to order since they were so much better than the off the shelf variety. I am delighted to learn that they are finally putting out prepared foods with sell-by dates.

            All that said, I still think that Sevan's tabouleh is the best in Boston.

            1. re: VivreManger

              I adore their etch which is similiar to tabouli. Their fig and pistachio baklava is killer. Sevan is also very clean. The family who owns it is really nice.

        2. Thanks for the tip. Will definitely try to grab some prepared foods at Arax.
          I am still partial to Sevan for their homemade cookies - completely addictive.

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          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            The sweets at Arax are also very good.