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Dec 7, 2009 10:08 AM

Pickled Turnip in Boston

I LOVE pickled turnip in my falafel sandwiches but never seem to find it in Boston. Is there a place that has it?

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  1. If its middle eastern, I'd guess Arax or Sevan in Watertown, or Sabb's out in Norwood..

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    1. re: grant.cook

      I am like 99% sure that Aceituna in Kendall Square has it--Jenga-sized blocks of pickled something, at any rate. Purple, presumably from the pickling brine, as I'm sure they're not beets. And their falafel wraps are a mere $5 (including tax), to boot! Make sure to get their homemade hot sauce...

      Aceituna Cafe
      605 W Kendall St, Cambridge, MA 02142

      1. re: grant.cook

        Yes, they do have it at Arax and Sevan (probably Massis, too). I really miss House of Ararat's garlic chicken sandwich with pickled turnip.

      2. Fordee's has pickled turnip. Conveniently, they also make the best falafel sandwiches in Boston, so win-win.

        Fordee's Grill
        555 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

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        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          Now I am gonna cry! I dont have a car... I will try to figure out how to get there.

          1. re: cassoulady

            Super-easy - the #71 bus out of Harvard Square.

            1. re: Allstonian

              thanks Allstonian! I cant wait to go.

              1. re: cassoulady

                If you are making the trip to Fordees which does indeed have excellent falafel, be sure not to miss Arax, Fastacchi, and Sevan all within a block of Fordees. You won't be disappointed.

                Arax also certainly sells the pickled turnip by the pound.

                1. re: StriperGuy

                  Indeed: that section of Mt. Auburn is one of my favorite chow destinations in the city. Celebrity and the Deluxe Town Diner are right there too!

        2. you can take some out from Privus (Brighton ave W of Harvard st in Allston)

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          1. re: barleywino

            i love the stuff at Privus they serve with the bon chon chicken. I also buy it at Arax and ditto the recommendation that a trip through Watertown's wonderful Armenian shops is well worth the visit. You can get pickled garlic at Arax's too.

          2. They have it at Cafe Barada on Mass Ave (Cambridge) and will put it on your falafel if you ask.

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            1. re: Guido

              This thread is a year old, but since it's been bumped I'll mention that they have pickled turnip at Garlic 'n' Lemons in Allston. (And the folks who run G 'n' L used to work at Aceituna, which JKV mentions way up above.)