2513 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541845.013695 -93.247147
Sunday To Thursday From 09:00 AM To 09:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 09:00 AM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Audubon Park
Wonderful hummus and pita, can be crowded. – The buffet is a good value--excellent pita and hummus too. Plated orders can be a bit pricey. I ordered a falafel sandwich and it was >$7 for just the sandwich (no sides). Have gone a few times and it can get crowded. The parking lot is in the back but it's really cramped and tough to maneuver, especially in the snow. Better to just park on the street if you can. Sometimes it's packed for dinner--possible that I just came during Ramadan and it was not the norm.
Would recommend for people who would like to try middle eastern food, but be aware the service is pretty minimal and it can be crowded.
They keep forgetting my sauce! – The first time I went to Holy Land, I had one of the chicken sandwiches with both cucumber and hot sauce, and it was really good. The sauces really made the sandwich for me. I've gone back 3 more times and ordered the same thing, and all 3 times they've forgotten the sauce. They type it in the computer when I order (and charge me for the "extra" sauce, I think), and every time, no sauce. Shame on me for forgetting to check at this point, but it makes me really angry. Without the hot sauce to excite my taste buds, the chicken is bland. Overall, Holy Land is cheap and you get a lot of food, but every time I go there I'm increasingly disappointed.
Find all Middle-Eastern ingredients you need – I grew up in Lebanon and have always struggled to find the proper ingredients to cook Lebanese food, until I visited this grocery store. I finally found Labneh, Jallab syrup, fresh Lebanese cheeses like Baladi and even Kri-kri! All perishable foods are fresh and there is a great selection. I did not have a chance to taste the cafe foods but was very happy to find fresh Khobez and even Italian pastries.
My ex-favorite restaurant (Marina is way better) – I used to like Holy Land, but then I tried Marina Grill (4755 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis)/ Marina Grill & Deli (2424 University Ave NE, Minneapolis). The former chef of Holy Land started Marina and so now Holy Land doesn't even come close. Marina has an excellent buffet with excellent choices, not the nasty one like Holy Land.
Marina has larger space, more food options, better hummus/grape leaves/spinach pies/falafel/gyro/etc, friendlier service. Also, Marina's catering is cheaper and much better than Holy Land's. Holy Land's food used to be good, but now I have heard of so many people getting sick from it. Majdi is buying apartments in an attempt to make money because his restaurant is not as good as it used to be. It's outright gross now.
Holy Land- it should be called Holy Mother Load! – This place is great! The grocery store has a wide selection. The produce is fresh, the olive & feta deli are amazing, the breadth of choices for all the various types of pita etc are amazing! The restaurant next store is really good, fresh, and the buffet is also good!
Hummus, Feta, Olives, can't be beat!
Good food when order is right – This place has the best falafel in town. 2 out of the 4 times I ate their my order was wrong.
The first time was a mistake, but the last time the Cook says when I am at the counter to
get my food, "You are going to be dissapointed, I didn't fix your order", and the order was wrong.
Some restaurants try to please thier customers until they are tired of seeing your face.
I guess I'll cook my own falafel.
Those looking for choice Middle Eastern cuisine make a pilgrimage here – In Short
For Twin Cities foodies, Holy Land deli is like Mecca. Not only can you get all-natural and healthy goods on the cheap, you can indulge in your sinful side and enjoy Holy Land's large selection of fresh-baked breads, pita chips and appetizers like meats samosas for a good price, too. Stop in to this famous Middle Eastern restaurant and store for a giant, delectable falafel or two or take home any of Holy Land's famous hummus and pita bread for a party all your own. After all, there are more than 40 items on the menu to try. Along with the burgers and rotisserie chickens, Holy Land is famous for its vegetarian options, like spinach pie, stuffed grape leaves and tabouleh salad.
when I think of souvlaki – and my boyfriend wants a gyros, this is the only place I EVER think of- especially if I want casual and inexpensive. The buffet lunch is great and a HUGE value. Friendly staff, and a frequent diner card to boot!!!
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