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Sep 14, 2010 11:37 AM

Best Armenian Bakery?

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.

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  1. 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

      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

        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

          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

        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

      3. 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

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

          1. re: Taralli

            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

              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

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

                1. re: CocoDan

                  These were Armenians who grew up in Turkey.

                  1. re: CocoDan

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

                    1. re: CocoDan

                      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

                        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. 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.