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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Royal Market & Bakery: Everything Armenian

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 8:01 AM

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Outside of a Church festival every October at St. John Etchmiadzin, San Francisco has been fairly deprived of Armenian food. No more: since last July, Royal Market & Bakery (5335 Geary between 17th & 18th) has been offering a wide variety of products imported from Armenia, plus items from countries with similar cuisines, such as Georgia and Turkey.

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On the grocery front, Royal has dairy products including kefir and cheeses, herring and other pickled fish, fresh and smoked fish, fresh meat including veal tongue and lamb's tounge and testicles, and seasoned meat (shown above) ready to be skewered and grilled for kebabs. The deli offers a wide variety of salads, pickles, olives, sausages, smoked meats, and prepared foods made in-house.

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The bakery turns out flatbreads, breads stuffed with spinach, cheese,

or meat, and a variety of sweets. There's also a liquor department with

Armenian beer and brandy, Georgian wine, and a big selection of vodkas

and rakis.

Royal is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. dailly. Street parking can be difficult. Thanks to Chowhound Melanie Wong for the tip.

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