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lahmejun (armenian pizza)

Thi N. | Oct 30, 2002 11:53 PM

I was at Panos Pastries - still the best baklavas I'd ever had in my life - when I overheard the lady who runs it (Armenian) telling a customer of hers (Armenian) that there was, nearby, a great lahmejun place. I wrote down what I overheard - on the theory that people who make great food probably also know great food.

Hunted down the lahmejun place - it's callsed Masis Pizza, I think. On Sunset, north side of the street, a few blocks west of Vermont. Near the hospital and scientology building. They sell regular Italian pizza, but the good stuff is lahmejun.

"What kind do you have?" I ask.

"Meat," she says. "And vegetable."

"I'll have one meat and one vegetable, please."

"No. Only one kind. Meat and vegetable."

"Oh."

Anyway - it's a thin flat-bread, pita-like, covered with a paste of ground meat, tomatoes, and other veggies. Deeply spiced and, I think, with a nice ginger sizzle. Anyway: good. Crispy, satisfying pita. The topping is not complicated, but is satisfying. It's hearty and thin at the same time.

Anyway: in the land of Armenian food, I would rate it below world-class Elena's, below great Sahag's Basturma, and about as good as pretty-good Carousel's.

But the best part: lahmejun are 60 cents apiece. This makes a lunch of 2 lahmejun and a diet coke, at $2, the cheapest good meal in town.

-thi

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