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Best Baklava in MSP?

dafekdkn Jun 20, 2009 08:51 PM

Hello everyone.

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.


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    faith RE: dafekdkn Jun 20, 2009 09:28 PM

    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.

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      NugarifiK RE: faith Jun 20, 2009 10:06 PM

      I don't know if it's the best but the baklava at Cossettas in St. Paul is delicious. Slice of pizza w/ triangle baklava goodness = good time.

      Cossetta Italian Market-Pizzeria
      211 7th St, W St Paul, MN

    2. Foureyes137 RE: dafekdkn Jun 21, 2009 11:06 AM

      Emily's Deli and Gardens of Salonica make our favorites.

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        daniellempls RE: Foureyes137 Jun 22, 2009 02:24 PM

        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

      2. AnneInMpls RE: dafekdkn Jun 22, 2009 03:31 PM

        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.


        Caspian Bistro
        2418 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

        Lyndale Grocery & Deli
        2551 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

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          magz0r RE: AnneInMpls Jun 23, 2009 02:22 PM

          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.

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            faith RE: magz0r Jun 23, 2009 07:24 PM

            Wow, I had no idea about the Lyndale Grocery & Deli- it doesn't look very inviting from the outside...but I will take the recommendation...thanks

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