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Baba Market in Malden

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Has anyone else been to the new Baba Supermarket in Malden? It's on Pleasant St. near city hall. I've gone in three times now. The felafel sandwiches are great. A good felafel is something that has been missing in downtown Malden. Even better than the sandwiches are the groceries though. It's a near eastern market, and I've found all sorts of specialty items there - bulk olives, couscous, dried beans and lentils, coffees and teas, packaged sweets. They are also selling meat and breads, although I haven't tried these yet.

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  1. I am happy to see Baba open in Malden. I first met the owner of Baba Supermarket at a shop in Haymarket and fell in love with the place for the tasty meals, low prices, and friendly workers. I was sad when I went one day and he was gone, but was happy to hear that he was opening a new shop in Malden and was anxious for it to open. The falafel and other meals are still good and at a good price. The spicy olives have a lemon zing and also better quality and less expensive than Stop 'n Shop. Try the soup! He's quick to give a sample. I will be a regular there and plan on using the butcher shop to make goat curry.

    1. Went here for lunch today. Daily specials were chicken legs or lamb, I opted for the lamb. A huge portion of rice, not a ton of lamb but a reasonable amount for the price, I think. The lamb was very tender and peppery and was stewed with peas and artichoke hearts (I thought they were potatoes at first, they were so big).

      Also got a container of seafood chowder and a meat-filled bread thing. Wasn't crazy about the chowder but the bread thing was AWESOME. Chewy and savory, kind of like a scallion pancake but filled with ground beef and sauteed onions. They have it available without the meat, too.

      Price was $16 for enough food to feed two hungry people. The owners are very, very nice. The shop is a bit cramped - there are aisles full of groceries, you walk to the back to get your food and then carry it back up front to pay. There are a couple of tiny tables that I've seen people eating at on every visit but I think most of their business is carry-out.

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