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A Middle Eastern deli and supermarket that makes fast food for people who know their falafel from their fava beans, Holy Land specializes in concocting filling meals for the busy and budget-conscious. The menu is 40-plus combinations of falafel, gyros, lamb samosas, spanakopita, kebabs, souvlaki, hummus, grape leaves, and Greek salads, and the preferred mode of ingestion is as fast as possible, standing by the fluorescent-lighted counter, swaying to the tinny Middle-Eastern music that floods the busy space.
Ah, the cradle of civilization: birthplace of modern agriculture, organized religion, and falafel. The Midwest isn't exactly a Mecca of, well, Mecca-inspired cuisine, but we do have a handful of Middl... More »
Holy Land has set the bar so high for Middle Eastern groceries that it's hard to imagine who could possibly compete. The first sight upon entering is the deli, where we are easily sidetracked by the well-stocked buffet and plates heaped with hot gyros, kabobs, samosas, and spinach pies. Then it's the racks of bread—pillowy pita, garlicky Afghan—and an endless variety of hummus (plain, eggplant, red pepper). How about dates? There's every kind imaginable, pitted to giant. The desserts—flaky phyllo pastry filled with honey, nuts, and chocolate—are akin to ambrosia. Spices, halal meat, canned goods from around the world, olive oil by the gallon, huge bags of rice—Holy Land is truly an international marketplace where all of the senses are constantly engaged. South Minneapolis now has its own Holy Land outpost at the Midtown Global Market, and while the selection isn't as large as Northeast's, the all-you-can-eat buffet is still inspiring.
The Twin Cities are blessed with an array of international specialty shops, but perhaps none is more comprehensive than Holy Land in northeast Minneapolis. Whether you're craving something savory (halal meats, green olives with garlic, varieties of hummus), sweet (baklava, dried glazed orange slices, shredded coconut), or simply that odd ingredient your average grocery doesn't carry (ghee, harissa, cardamom tea), Holy Land should be your destination of choice. In a hurry and craving a... More »
Holy Land has set the bar so high for Middle Eastern groceries that it's hard to imagine who could possibly compete. The first sight upon entering is the deli, where we are easily sidetracked by the well-stocked buffet and plates heaped with hot gyros, kabobs, samosas, and spinach pies. Then it's the racks of bread--pillowy pita, garlicky Afghan--and an endless variety of hummus (plain, eggplant, red pepper). How about dates? There's every kind imaginable, pitted to giant. The... More »
A Middle Eastern/Mediterranean deli, supermarket, and restaurant with humble cafeteria-style tables and fluorescent lighting, Holy Land serves up quality and quantity without damaging the wallet irreparably. On the 45-item-plus menu are greatest hits such as grape leaves, baklava, falafel, baba ghanoush, and lamb or vegetable samosas, with some of the all-star dishes including the gyros (spiced lamb, beef, chicken, or vegetables topped with onion, lettuce, feta, and cucumber or tahini sauce... More »
The recently expanded Holy Land Bakery and Deli proves that super-sizing is not always a bad idea. It was, after all, impossible to contain the depth and breadth of Middle Eastern fare within just one normal-sized Northeast storefront. Case in point: the oils. At Holy Land you can spend hours pondering the merits of olive, palm, sesame, and grapeseed varieties from Turkey to Tunisia. Olives will require a similar effort--the selection features the best of Lebanon, Jordan, and Greece. Have a... More »
Holy pita! How can we choose from all these different flatbreads? There's wheat, white, pocket or no (Greek style), Lebanese (square)... Plus slabs of chewy, stretchy Afghani barbari, slathered with olive oil and sesame seeds, roasted garlic, or hot spices. And the spongy, sour East African injera, made with flour from teff (the minuscule Ethopian grain). But don't stop at that. There's plenty of lavash, white or whole wheat, papery thin and pliable; matzo, dry and crisp; and the... More »
The moment you step into Holy Land, you're caught up in the chaos of a Middle Eastern bazaar. Cooks at the deli counter call out to lunchtime patrons to pick up their giant plates of gyros and falafel and baba ghannouj. Once you've made it past that aromatic distraction, you'll come face to face with mounds of pita bread and a veritable wall made up of bags of a dozen different kinds of rice. Continue browsing through the cramped aisles and you might trip over an employee who's trying to... More »
Shoppers don't have to go to Holy Land Deli to buy their hummus and baba ghannouj, because most natural-foods stores stock the Holy Land brand. But once those two dips have been tasted, what person in their right mind could resist finding out what else the deli has to offer? Glass cases filled with more kinds of olives, pickles, and feta cheeses than you ever thought possible line one wall. Shelves are packed with baskets of fresh dates, colorful tins containing tea, chocolates, and... More »
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