Tuesday, August 27, 2013

what I want: Armenian food in Nashville

I've been home from the golden state of California for over two entire weeks, and there are a lot of things I am craving that I just can't get here. Sure there are the classic things that most people miss: non-humid weather, decent avacado, In N' Out burgers, palm trees for days....but the one thing I really want in my life is tasty Armenian food. [Tangent: My sister-in-law is Armenian, which means when I go visit my brother and his family- there is this whole Armenian family awaiting me to fill me with food, till I literally need to be rolled out of their homes Violet Beuregard style. My SIL grew up in Armenia and when she moved to the US as a teen, she moved to Glendale, CA which is comprised 35% of Armenian people. In fact, Glendale has the highest percentage of residents of Armenian descent in the US, most of whom have only lived there the last two decades. Also, I learned in this article that Kim Kardashian wants to run for mayor of the city on 2017. WHAT?! THE MORE YOU KNOOOOW!]

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!


  1. Looks AMAZING! I'm totally jealous of all your fabulous Nashville eateries ;)

    It was a pleasure to meet you this weekend at the blogger dinner!

    1. Good to meet you too! I wish this was in Nashville. This was a place I ate at in California. Armenian food has yet to make its way to the southeast.

  2. I don't know where to get Armenian food in Nashville, but I wanted to thank you for my daily dose of food porn. Mmmm hmmm, oh yessss.

  3. Mmmmmmm!!! My favorite Armenian place is Elena's (also in Glendale)...delicious!!!

    1. THAT'S MY NIECE'S NAME! Therefore we will all have to go there next time I am in town.

  4. Replies
    1. YES! be my partner. You have cooking talent...I have the umm....not sure what I provide...but we will find something.


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