Yasha from Russia in Phoenix: What We Bought, What We Skipped and What We're Still Lusting Over
The Spot: Yasha From Russia, Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Heather Hoch Freshly baked rugalah at Yasha from Russia.
What We Bought:
Heather Hoch Russian beer galore at Yasha from Russia.
There isn't a lot in the way of authentic Russian cuisine in Phoenix, but you don't have to be intimidated walking into Yasha From Russia for the first time. The friendly, helpful staff is there to explain your curiosities away. The full deli and bakery section of freshly made and imported goods is stocked with exotically flavored cakes, Russian potato salad and more. We're partial to the rugalah or rugelach, a part-cookie, part-strudel pastry common in Eastern Europe and sold fresh at Yasha's for $6.99 per pound.
The market also has one of the largest selections of eggplant-based condiments we think we've ever seen. We decided to try out the ikra spead at $3.59 per jar, though there were at least six other preparation options for jarred eggplant. One of our other favorite sections in the store goes to the beer fridge, which sells pretty much every Russian and Eastern European beer you can think of with most bottles priced at $2.69.