Where to find bamieh in SF?
Hey everyone! I just moved up to San Francisco a few months ago from SD/LA after finding a job, and I'm missing all the Persian/Middle Eastern specialty stores :( ! Specifically, I miss the Bamieh (the honey soaked fried doughnut-like pastries). Does anyone know where I can find these tasty little guys in SF proper?! Love getting ideas here, and hope I can get pointed in the right direction on this topic! Thanks for the help!
To my knowledge, there are as few as two authentic Persian restaurants in the city proper. Alborz on Van Ness, and Maykadeh in North Beach. Both are pretty good, but quite a bit more expensive than the standard in Southern California. I'm fairly confident that both would serve bamieh (and their pretzel-shaped cousins, zulbia) with tea - especially if you ask.
Also, Zare at the Flytrap has a Persian chef and it shows in their menu, but they lean more towards California cuisine and probably wouldn't have bamieh.
1245 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109
A few Middle Eastern and Arab places to start you out: Parkway Market on Taraval at 15th Avenue has a lot of Middle Eastern foods, as does Semirami's in the Mission and Haig's on Clement Street. Also Nabila's on Hayes, but that's more general purpose.
Best honey and pastries I've found are both at North African places: Tajine and Cafe Zitouna, both on Polk Street.
A lot of corner stores in the city are owned by Lebanese and Palestinians.
Not a huge Persian community here. I like eating at Shalizaar in Belmont. You might also check out dinner at Helmand Palace, which is Afghan.
Let us know what you find.
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