Armeian food has a similar vibe to Greek or Middle Eastern food, since they are pretty close map-wise. Pretty much if hummus or yogurt sauces or giant meat piles are involved, I jump on board no questions asked. Here's some food porn from my lunch at Raffi's Place in Glendale, CA.
|prime rib, chicken veggies and yummy flat bread|
|enormo pile of rice|
|this is a dip or spread made of grilled eggplant, tomato sauce and garlic and its kinda the best thing ever|
Basically all this stuff above along with hummus and yogurt cucumber sauces were laid before me and it was like a make your own burrito party (Armenian edition), which is basically the best scenario ever. The only Armenian thing that I couldn't quite get behind was Tahn, which is a yogurt drink that is pictured above lurking behind the bowl of eggplant goodness. [Tangent: You can learn to make it yourself here.]. In essence, it is water mixed with yogurt and served cold over ice. It's probably an acquired taste and everyone assured me it was very refreshing, but to me it tasted like I was drinking the fluid that accumulates on the top of a sour cream container. I gave it my best shot, though.
Throughout the week in Cali, I polished off stuffed grape leaves, custard filled cakes, Russian ice cream bars and something so many delicious kinds of cheeses that I can't even keep track. I WANT THESE THINGS IN NASHVILLE!!! So far, I have no places in the metro area where I can quench my hankering for Armenian food. Yesterday, I went to my favorite Greek Cafe [Tangent: Literally called Greek Cafe. Creative, no? ] because my craving was so great. Of course, it was delightful and I consumed my gyro meat pile without stopping to breathe...but it still left me wanting. Is there anywhere to get Armenian style food around here? Someone has to know! Internet, help me out!