Best Baklava in MSP?
I'm just back from Eastern Europe, and I am looking for some baklava to match what they have in Europe. I went to the Eastern European Deli on Hennepin and University, and their baklava was terrible. It was basically bland and sticky cardboard. I was quite disappointed, and I was hoping that there's a better place to get baklava in the cities.
Yeah, Kramarczuk's Eastern European Deli features Polish and Ukrainian food - these aren't cuisines that are known for baklava. Head to a Greek or Middle-Eastern place instead.
Me, I like the baklava and related pastries at Caspian Bistro (a Persian deli). They have one with pistachios that's really good.
But there's even better baklava at the tiny mom-and-pop food counter at the Lyndale Grocery & Deli. The owners are Egyptian, and man, oh, man can they cook! The baklava is superb. And if they have a syrup-soaked farina cake called harisa (aka namoura or basbusa), try it - it's delicious.
2418 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Lyndale Grocery & Deli
2551 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
I had to sign up just to second AnneInMpls's claim that the Lyndale Deli guys can cook! It is a shared secret amongst a couple of my friends and I since nobody really knows about the place. Great gyros and baklava, but Mohammad also makes an excellent Philly Cheesesteak.
Definitely a favorite spot of mine, and it doesn't hurt that they are open late (like 3am) on the weekends.
I second Emily's, hands down! a little buttery, not too syrupy, and crunchy, yummy. When you mentioned Eastern European Deli, I think you were referring to Kramaczyk's? I did not even know they had baklava, and I would not go there to buy some. They specialize in pastries like cookies and breads. Emliy's and Gardens of Salonica are both in that same neighborhood, less than a mile away.
Gardens of Salonica
19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Emily's Lebanese Delicatessen
641 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
I can recommend Gardens of Salonica's version which is sold at Eastside Coop on Central Ave in Northeast. I agree there isn't a lot of quality baklava around. I suspect butter isn't being used in some of the bland boring versions, same problem in my opinion with many cookies- that use margarine or crisco with no flavor. The Gardens of Salonica stuff is nice and buttery with a sweet note playing well against the butter, and very moist, good amount of nuts. Let me know what you think.