Sayat Nova – Chicago, IL
Grape leaves are sort of like pizza for me in that even the bad ones are still pretty good. But what sets these apart is their moistness. Too many others taste like they were made with rice from leftover Chinese delivery the night before. The other thing that makes them shine is that they are done Turkish style (I know the place is technically Armenian, but the style is one in the same) as opposed to Greek. Sorry Grecian folk, you may have given us philosophy, but the true question you should’ve been asking yourselves is this: If you don’t put currants in the grape leaves, is it even worth asking if they exist?