Some recent culinary adventures on the Belmont/Watertown line.
Sophias Greek Pantry, Belmont Street, Belmont (near School St and between Lindas Donuts and Rancatores). I have been to this great little market 3 times in the past month and keep discovering delicious new things. In addition to the fairly commonly found Old Neighborhood brand of locanico, a delicious sausage seasoned with fresh orange peel, Sophia carries a house-made version (in the freezer section), which is more coarsely ground and very tasty indeed. She has a large selection of feta cheeses in bulk and is happy to recommend one to you based on your feta preferences. Both I have tried have been outstanding and very fresh. She also makes spanakopita (spinach pie) and tarakopita(?) (feta cheese pie) with wait for this homemade filo (the mind boggles). Full-size portions are in the baked goods case near the register, appetizer sizes in the freezer case. These were a revelation to me and to the friends with whom I shared them. The pastry is flavorful, tender and flaky, the fillings noticeably fresher and more flavorful than other versions I have had. Im guessing that her dessert filo creations would share these traits but, having no sweet tooth myself, will wait for others comments on them.
Fordee Grill, 555 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. Took Daxs advice and ordered a Vader grilled pastrami, grilled onions, melted cheese, Dijon. Outstanding sandwich, can hardly wait to go back and try others!
Sevan Bakery, 599 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. Terrific house-made tarama in the case just to the right of the entrance. House-made imam bayaldi (baked stuffed eggplant) was beautiful but oddly tasteless.
Arax Market, 585 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. Terrific, smoky, rich-tasting baba ghanouj (sp?). Another, reddish eggplant dip also got raves. My okra-loving friend loved the okra in tomato and pepper dish (I found it slimy). The green beans with tomato sauce dish was again oddly tasteless. Great (and cheap) green Greek olives and black Lebanese olives. Stuffed grape leaves were pronounced best Ive tasted by my grape-leaf loving friend and we all fought over the last one (very politely of course).