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Babka Bread in Somerville/Cambridge/Arlington area

l0b0SKI Mar 26, 2013 08:27 AM

Any one know where we can find Babka bread in the Somerville/Cambridge/Arlington area? Bonus points
if they also sell lamb shaped butter and placek.

  1. Kip McSkipster Mar 30, 2013 08:51 PM

    I know it's not in one of the towns the OP requested, but has anyone tried the babka at Rosenfeld's? I'm a big fan of their bagels and challah.

    1. croutonweb Mar 27, 2013 10:57 AM

      McKinnon's in Danvers sells it, so their Somerville shop might have it, too. The chocolate is much better than the apple or cinnamon.

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        bear Mar 27, 2013 07:35 AM

        Here's a link to a Globe article about the babka from the International Bakery in Watertown. I know I've seen it for sale at Wilson Farm in Lexington, but haven't tried it.


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        1. re: bear
          StriperGuy Mar 27, 2013 01:14 PM

          Prompted by this thread I just bought an apple Babka from International. I'll report back tomorrow on whether it is tasty.

          1. re: StriperGuy
            StriperGuy Mar 28, 2013 06:53 AM

            Well here is the report on International's Babka. Very nice product, reasonably priced, but not really what I look for in a Babka. Short version, just not enough stuff inside. I want an apple babka stuffed with apples, cinnamon, and buttery sugary good. This was more of a twisty brioche with a hint of apple and cinnamon here and there. My SO liked it a lot, but she prefers less sweet stuff than I do. Compared to one my folks brought recently from Eli Zabar, this one isn't in the running.

            1. re: StriperGuy
              bear Mar 28, 2013 07:39 AM

              Thanks for the report. Sounds like it might be to my husband's liking, so it's worth checking out.

              1. re: StriperGuy
                kimfair1 Mar 28, 2013 08:01 AM

                Striper - so your folks brought you a Zabar's babka? Those are made by Green's bakery. If you order directly from Green's instead of from Zabar's, they are $3 less a loaf. They are LOADED with chocolate and/or cinnamon.

                1. re: kimfair1
                  StriperGuy Mar 28, 2013 08:35 AM

                  This was not a Zabar's Babka, but rather from Eli Zabar (same family, different stores). Not sure if it was from Green's. But it was a superb cinnamon nut babka.

                  1. re: StriperGuy
                    kimfair1 Mar 28, 2013 02:28 PM

                    Probably not Green's as they have no nuts in their cinnamon babka, and only offer the cinnamon and chocolate. The Greens definitely sounds more to your liking, though as they are loaded with cinnamon and chocolate. That's my issue with the brand sold at Whole Foods. Too bready, not enough filling.

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            FoodTruth Mar 27, 2013 06:57 AM

            Mamadou's in Winchester sells Babka. I'm not sure how authentic it is but it is quite tasty.

            1. rlh Mar 26, 2013 03:43 PM

              I am pretty sure that Iggy's by Fresh Pond sells a really close equivalent of placek but does not call it by the name - usually in tart cherry, cranberry-blueberry, and other flavors - whatever it is, it is really rich and delicious with loads of almond paste - no babka I am aware of available there...

              1. Bob Dobalina Mar 26, 2013 01:10 PM

                Doesn't Hi (p)Rise make a babka?

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                1. re: Bob Dobalina
                  nonaggie Mar 30, 2013 01:50 PM

                  Yes, they do a cinnamon one, but I think only on Sundays. It's quite tasty, but I haven't had enough babkas to be any sort of authority.

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                  SJason Mar 26, 2013 01:05 PM

                  Just on the border of your requested geographic zone, the Babka at International Bakery in Watertown (128 Arlington street) is very good.

                  They sell it at Russo's too but you are more likely to pick up a warm loaf if you go the actual store.

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                    grant.cook Mar 26, 2013 11:10 AM

                    Its outside your zone, but the only Polish-specific deli I know of in the area is Cafe Polonia on Dot Ave. Perhaps Berezka or Bazaar might, in Allston..

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                    1. re: grant.cook
                      Allstonian Mar 26, 2013 11:51 AM

                      Cafe Polonia is lovely but it's a restaurant. You're probably thinking of Baltic European Deli (across the street from Cafe Polonia, and same owners).

                      There's also Euromart, further down Dorchester Avenue, or D&J Market on Boston Street.

                      I've definitely seen babka at Bazaar in Allston, and they have a pretty big bakery, but I don't think I've seen placek.

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                      food_lubber Mar 26, 2013 10:42 AM

                      I have seen babka at Whole Foods throughout the year, both the Medford and Fresh Pond locations.

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                      1. re: food_lubber
                        kimfair1 Mar 26, 2013 07:42 PM

                        The babka at WF is ok, but not great. I get all my babka from Green's bakery in New York. Quick delivery, good price, great babka. The folks I work with look forward to the Christmas season each year, when I bring loads of chocolate and cinnamon babka in for everyone.


                        1. re: kimfair1
                          catsmeow Mar 26, 2013 10:21 PM

                          They sell Green's at the Butcherie in Brookline.

                          1. re: catsmeow
                            kimfair1 Mar 27, 2013 05:15 AM

                            Do you happen to know how much they charge for it?

                            1. re: kimfair1
                              catsmeow Mar 27, 2013 11:20 AM

                              No. Sorry. I've only bought it once there about a year ago but have seen that they still carry it more recently.

                              1. re: catsmeow
                                kimfair1 Mar 27, 2013 02:45 PM

                                No worries, I'll check it out next time I'm in the neighborhood.

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