Top 5 Armenian Bakeries in Los Angeles
Though we can thank the Greeks for their politics, mathematics, and philosophy, let's not laud them alone for baklava. If you're salivating for 12 varieties of the honey-soaked, walnut-filled phyllo turnover, head over to Ara's Pastry where you can gorge on samples that include kadayif (shredded phyllo), almonds and pistachios. They make all of their dough from scratch, and it pays off; their baklava is fresh and tender and not overly syrupy like so many you find around town. These delicate renditions of the ubiquitous standard make a great (and cheap) finger food for any party. An inch-wide "Bird's Nest" of kadayif and almonds is visually arresting and unlike any of its Los Angeles counterparts. 4945 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; 323-661-1116. 17607 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills; 818-368-3388.
2. Paradise Bakery:
Tracy Chabala Paradise Bakery
Paradise is the place for fresh lavash and pita bread. Many Armenian grocers and delis get these classic flat breads from Fresno bakeries, so if you want them fresh, flaky, soft, and uber mouth-watering, check out the goods at Paradise. They also sell an array cookies, notably nazook, which is a rolled pastry similar to gata and available with custard or walnut filling, along with beautifully decorated cakes to order and a nice selection of the aforementioned borek, savory cheese and spinach turnovers. The bakery is adjoined to a deli and cafe, and it gets pretty packed, so bring some patience along with your appetite. 1831 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale; 818-242-4000.
5216 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA