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Mar 10, 2012 11:35 AM

Rugelach in Boston?

Hi there

I have tried rugelach in a few spots here as I have gotten a craving now and then (Cheryl Ann's being the most recent) and have been very underwhelmed.

What would you all say are the best places in the area? I am willing to go anywhere for a truly great one (please don't tell me to go to NY though or order online :)


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  1. no great ones that I've found, but Rosie's in Chestnut Hill makes a decent one and better than the average around here. You can try various ones at the Butcherie in Brookline: they carry several made by NY kosher bakers but I haven't found one I like particularly. Passable are the ones at Russo's but also not a knockout.

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    1. re: teezeetoo

      Thanks do all the Rosie's have rugelach? I went into 2 which didn't have any...I do know those from Russo's too and agree

      Any others?

    2. I have found the best Rugelach in Boston! It's at Baza in Newton Highlands on Needham street. They have lots of flavors including poppy, raspberry walnut, apricot walnut, cinnamon walnut. apple walnut and others I cannot remember. The poppy are my favorite. They taste like they are made with real butter and not margarine like most Jewish bakeries. They are so moist. I just discovered them and even bought some this afternoon. You will love them.

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      1. re: cherrytomato

        I shop at Baza so I'll try them. I only stop at Rosie's in Chestnut Hill so I can't say whether they bake rugelach for the other Rosie's. By the way, rugelach are (if made right) made with a mix of butter and cream cheese, never just butter and certainly if you are home-baking never ever with margerine. My grandmother who was kosher made them with butter, cream cheese and ground walnuts which she mixed with the flour.

        1. re: teezeetoo

          I know but most Jewish Bakeries are Pareve and therefore do not use butter. When you try the ones at Baza you will flip! Best ones I have ever had. Really really moist and tender.

        1. Kupel's cinnamon raisin and similar rugs are excellent. Only Zabar's are better, in my experience.
          For chocolate I don't know a great option, but feel like they're never as good anyway.

          Kupel's Bakery
          421 Harvard St, Brookline, MA

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          1. re: liangpi

            with due respect, Kupel's rugelach are close to dreadful: bready, heavy, and utterly without the light crispy buttery taste of a good rugelach

            1. re: teezeetoo

              Did anyone come up with any others?


              1. re: retrofabulousity

                Sorry.......I really have never had a bakery rugelach that is on par with my own....

                1. re: Science Chick

                  Thanks for that insight but the question was however where to find the best commercially available rugelach.

                  1. re: retrofabulousity

                    Yes, and I am reporting that I have yet to find a chow worthy one.

                    1. re: Science Chick

                      That may very well be (which was also my impression thus far as I noted above) but I am looking for the best of those you have tried even if it isn't your dream rugelach


                      1. re: retrofabulousity

                        Did you try Baza? I am most positive that you will find then sensational. They were truly the best I have ever had. I really think you need to try them.

                        1. re: cherrytomato

                          I will definitely stop in there soon...thanks for the suggestion. Do they make them themselves or are they resellers only?

                          1. re: retrofabulousity

                            I am not sure but they look unlike any I have bought before in this area. The poppy ones are to die for. I have tried every flavor. Chocolate was not as yummy and moist as the fruit flavor ones. They put them in a bag which isn't the prettiest way of selling it. A box would be nicer and they don't speak tons of English and when you ask questions they act a little annoyed but it's just because they mostly speak Russian. The day you posted your original thread I had just left there with it.

          2. Well, just to throw it out there. Has anyone tried the ones at Whole Foods? They seem to have them pretty often.