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.
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.
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
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.