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Feb 13, 2002 10:36 AM

Armenian Food in Fresno?

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Is there Armenian food in Fresno worth going out of one's way for?

Thank you.

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  1. I previously mentioned George's near the convention center in the downtown area. Open for breakfast and lunch, open for dinner if there is a Fresno State basketball game, in which case it is too crowded to go to. Has all the favorites. Good shish kabob & lamb shanks. Shish kabob & eggs are great for breakfast. Jerry Tarkanian eats there, and it is filled with lawyers and judges at lunch. Also a George's in North Fresno on Blackstone, which is open for dinner.

    There is also a restaurant called "Armenian Crusine" which I have heard good things about, but never eaten there. It is on the corner of Bullard/Palm.

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    1. re: Jets

      Ate at the George's on Blackstone a few years ago, and it was a good experience. Lamb lovers will be very happy here, though I remember the wine list as somewhat pedestrian.

      1. re: Jets

        I'm pretty sure that Armenian Cuisine is gone. That location is now a Pakistani restaurant.

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        Jill Cornwell

        Anyone know of an Armenian bakery? In the 70's, we always stopped in Fresno to get what we called Armenian bread - not cracker bread, but a soft round loaf with sesame seeds on top that was scored so that you could break off servings. I'll be driving through soon, and would love to get some, if available.

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        1. re: Jill Cornwell

          Valley Bakery on "M" Street, south of Ventura Street, has peda bread, which is what I think you're describing. Nothing beats fresh peda bread. Think they close around mid-afternoon.

        2. I am looking for souboreg an armenian lasagna. My Mom used to buy it in the 1960-1990's and freeze it. It is a thin noodle dough with layers of a white cheese, butter and parsley.
          Where can I find this and can it be shipped out of town.

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          1. re: teagal

            There is a small Medeteranian market on the NW corner of West and Bullard that carries excellent Souberag. The best we've been able to find since the little old lady in the Tower District died or went out of business.

          2. Souboureg can also be found at Mone's Deli - corner of Cedar and Nees. I would also try Fresno Deli at the corner of Fresno and Gettysburg.

            Teagal, I am sure it can be shipped but you probably have to do it yourself. As far as I know none of the delis have shipping services. You would want to make sure it stays frozen. You can purchase dry ice now from most of the Savemarts (local grocery chain) in town. Beware, the shipping may be expensive if it neds to go to say Chicago in a couple of days. (I have personal experience with this as I shipped some che kirfta meat there last summer.)

            1. There is also Bedrosian's Armenian deli, in the shopping center on the NW corner of Ashlan & First.

              I wish I could remember the name of the bakery item I had...it was flaky and delicious, very simple...and they probably used about 10 pounds of butter per square inch.

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              1. re: Lisachocoholic


                Was it soubourek? Or was it more of a desert item?

                1. re: tavmark

                  Dessert - like a cookie of sorts....

                  I think I'm going to visit Bedrosian's this afternoon. It's been a while!

                  1. re: Lisachocoholic

                    Baklava?? Or a butter cookie? (I will figure this out, trust me. :))) )

                    1. re: tavmark

                      Wow, what an experience!

                      I did stop by and got a sampler meal to-go. (Please forgive any misspellings.) It had kalanchi (stuffed grape leaves), koofta (lamb meatballs with a covering of more lamb and cracked wheat), lahmajoon, cheese berag (I think that's the right name) lots of buttery pilaf, and a cold grilled eggplant salad. YUMMMMMY! The kooftah was my favorite. The meal cost $8.15, but it was enough for my lunch and dinner.

                      I called when I had questions about the koofta, and the owner chatted with me for about 20 minutes. Now *that* is the type of business I like to support. He went into detail about how the foods are made, gave me some personal history, and even invited me to come by and meet in person. I like that "small town" feeling.

                      Teagal asked about souboreg - they have a sign advertising "homemade souboreg" there. The lady who waited on me said they can't make enough of it at the holidays. Hopefully teagal will come back to read this post.

                      As for the dessert - it was kata (their spelling, but when I searched Google I got more hits for "gata"). I wanted to buy some for dessert, but they only had it by the dozen, so I got two "sigarettes" which are rolled with walnuts in the middle, and really should be called "cigars" if we're going by size;-)

                      They also sell some foods, and I did see lavosh and peda bread.

                      1. re: Lisachocoholic

                        Lisa, Glad you liked it. I can tell from the phonetics what you had. My husband's mother still makes the koufta (we call it kirfta) by hand. Some friends have described them as "Armenian footballs" (hers are palm sized and fried but I have seen much bigger ones that are sometimes boiled.) Cheese boureg is also a favorite - triangles of phyllo, white cheese and parsley. And from your description I know the dessert as well.

                        If you want to branch out a little, I suggest trying vosp kirfta around Easter. Vosp is lentil and this is a lentil puree that is made for Lent.

                2. re: Lisachocoholic

                  I LOVE BEDROSIAN! I am always in search for non-fast food places. I'm not Armenian, but if I was, I can say it taste like homecooking to me.