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Best Armenian Bakery?

The Food Buster Sep 14, 2010 11:37 AM

Hey everyone,

I just moved to Boston from Glendale, CA, aka the largest community of Armenians in the whole nation, and I'm trying to get back to my roots a little bit with some authentic Armenian baked goods. Also, I review restaurants, bakeries, etc., and if there are any excellent Armenian shops in the area, I'd really like to spread the word.

So I was wondering what the best Armenian bakeries are in town. I'm specifically looking for excellent Lahmejun, gata, and nazook, but anything will do really.

Thanks for any help.

  1. StriperGuy Sep 14, 2010 11:40 AM

    Glendale may have the largest Armenian community in the US, but Watertown MA may have the highest density (though fewer overall) of Armenians.

    My all around favorite is Arax, followed by Sevan, Eastern Lamejun, and Massis in that order.

    They are all within a few blocks of each other in Watertown and Belmont MA.

    While you are out in that neck of the woods, Tabrizi Bakery in Watertown Square is an amazing Persian bakery.

    Tabrizi Bakery
    56 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

    4 Replies
    1. re: StriperGuy
      teezeetoo Sep 14, 2010 11:44 AM

      Striper is right on and I would add Sofra bakery, on the watertown/belmont border I think, to his excellent list.

      1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

      1. re: teezeetoo
        StriperGuy Sep 14, 2010 11:51 AM

        Though Sofra is more Turkish...

        At Tabrizi baker the must try items are the walnut macaroons and the chick pea flower cookies.

        1. re: StriperGuy
          The Food Buster Sep 14, 2010 11:58 AM

          Even better. My parents lived in Iran, and I've grown up with Persian foods. I love walnut macaroons.

          Thanks for all the fantastic suggestions guys.

      2. re: StriperGuy
        okra Sep 14, 2010 01:03 PM

        links - you can hit 3 then walk to the 4th, and stop at Shangri La, if you're ready for some chinese... :)

        149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478

        Eastern Lamejun Bakers
        145 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478

        Sevan Bakery
        599 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

        Arax Market
        585 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

        Massis Bakery
        569 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

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        gourmaniac Sep 14, 2010 12:17 PM

        You are in luck as this is a strength here. To elaborate on striper guy's excellent recommendations, the stretch of Armenian stores along Mt. Auburn in Watertown is really good. Sevan had the best housemade taramasalata and I also like their stuffed grape leaves. Also here is the Armenian Cultural Center and several churches that have the occasional festival. I'd be interested in your compare and contrast with what is available in Glendale.

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        1. re: gourmaniac
          Taralli Sep 15, 2010 06:51 AM

          I love Sevan's grape leaves too, as well as their kaymak. Family is from Turkey, I believe.

          1. re: Taralli
            StriperGuy Sep 15, 2010 07:16 AM

            If you get a chance try the vegetarian grape leaves at Arax. Best I have ever had. The meat are not as exciting, but the veggie have pine nuts, and currents, truly decicious.

            1. re: StriperGuy
              Taralli Sep 15, 2010 07:45 AM

              Tx, veggies are the only ones I buy. I first had them, homemade, in Turkish Armenian homes, where I was also fortunate to have ekmek khadayifi w/kaymak for one of the desserts.

              1. re: Taralli
                CocoDan Sep 15, 2010 08:25 AM

                "Turhish Armenian homes"? That must have been interesting, as the Amenians and Turks hate each other. Yikes!!!

                1. re: CocoDan
                  Taralli Sep 15, 2010 08:36 AM

                  These were Armenians who grew up in Turkey.

                  1. re: CocoDan
                    StriperGuy Sep 15, 2010 08:36 AM

                    "Turkish Armenian" means ethnic Armenian from Turkey of which there are quite a few.

                    1. re: CocoDan
                      galleygirl Sep 15, 2010 12:09 PM

                      But no one seems to hate each other in Little Armenia...There I was, a Jewish-American buying Ramadan sweets from a store with a huge "Lebanon" clock in an Armenian neighborhood...Food does bring us all together...A little more chocolate, and we'd have world peace...

                      1. re: galleygirl
                        teezeetoo Sep 15, 2010 12:14 PM

                        one of the few sentiments I'll say "amen" to, galley girl. My family is a melange of sephardim, turks, moroccans and fallen-away German catholics. I've travelled in many parts of the world and my interest in local cuisine has always opened doors, minds, and hearts, not the least my own.

            2. nsenada Sep 15, 2010 02:42 PM

              The best Armenian baked goods can be found at the church bazaars, prepared by a battalion of the Ladies' Guild. I think St. Stephen's is usually in early November. Not sure about St. James. The cream khadayif is so fresh, and ridiculously good. Odars (the Armenian analog of "goy" or "gringo") are welcome. I even met a Turkish acquaintance there, though she kept a low profile.

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