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Ararat-monadnock of White Bear Lake, MN

michael | May 26, 200408:14 PM

Ararat is a very small Armenian and Kurdish restaurant located in White Bear Lake at 4687 Bald Eagle Ave., just northwest of the 61 and 96 intersection at the former site of a Chinese restaurant.

I ordered-with lots of guidance from the husband owner-the tomato soup, parda pilaf, baklava, hot tea, Kurdish lemonade and flatbread. I enjoyed everything I had. The owner claims that Ararat is the only restaurant in the entire country that prepares parda pilaf, a dome of fillo dough wrapped around rice, carrots, peas, corn, and chicken. He recommended the tomato soup, which had large tomato chunks, shredded chicken, okra, and a great lemony tang. He also insisted on the baklava, which was not sickly sweet at all, and which he likes to serve with the unsugared tea. The lemonade is made from lemon nuts on the premises. If you're really nice, he may send you home with extra flatbread. I generally hate to hype places, but this is THE perfect chowhound destination.

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