- Ron’s Market
- 6085 S. Fort Apache Road #140, 431-6444.
- Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Tucked away in the southwest Valley, Ron’s Market is a bastion of Eastern European delicacies. You’ll find your pick of cheeses, deli meats, olives and other staples from the former Soviet Union westward to Germany. Beyond store items, you can also purchase made-to-order hot foods from a back counter, but be forewarned: Fast food this is not. The kabobs will take 20 minutes, but they’re worth the wait. My favorite is the chicken thigh plate ($8), moderately spiced chicken atop rice with hummus and a grilled vegetable salad. It’s a simple, healthy and tasty meal. While waiting, try a lamejun or two. At 90 cents apiece, the tortilla-size cheese, meat and vegetable pizzas should tide you over. Have them heated and hit with a squirt of lemon for a traditional Armenian treat.
A delicacy that takes far more forethought is the ajarski khachapuri ($6). Ron’s needs two hours notice for the intricate preparation of the canoe-shaped bread, filled with cheese and cradling eggs served over medium. Google it and look at the pictures—it just might inspire you to re-plan your day.