This post is on my visit to the location in Duarte, but it has since moved to Ranch Cucamonga. You can still read my initial thoughts below. Update 2018 – It has now closed.
This is a short post to document the fantastic place I stumbled upon in Duarte while visiting REI. I was driving down the street and saw the words baklava out of the corner of my eye. Those words alone are enough to make me do a double-take as I have a special place in my heart for the layered, sweet pastry, filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. What I found in Baklava Land has already made me come back for seconds.
- $10 – $15
- Location: 9255 Base Line Rd, Unit G, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
This small, unassuming shop has been around for about six months and is run by a middle-age couple that bakes all of the baklava fresh every day. They have a collection of eight different types, and the payment system works out to a dollar a piece or 9 dollars a pound.
Now, if you know baklava, you know it is an expensive treat, so when you find it for a dollar a piece or for $9 a pound (which allowed me to select about ten pieces), then you know you stumbled onto something good. When I bought the pound, two friends and I were able to finish it, but we were on a total sugar high afterward.
I have since tried all of the flavors, but the best to me are the circular pistachio ones and the ones that look kind of like they have hair. I know its a weird way to describe food, but I guarantee you will recognize which ones I am talking about.
If baklava is not your cup of tea, they also have a lot of other desserts, but I have not tried any of them to give a recommendation; however if they are anything like the baklava, I am sure you will enjoy them.
This post is simply to give love to a small mom and pops shop that makes amazing treats. I hope to help more people fall in love with it so that every time I make the drive through Duarte (now Rancho Cucamonga), I will know Baklava Land will be there to greet me.