Holy Land Deli

Twin Cities, Minnesota

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Best vegie burger with cheese ever - I have had it several times at the Mid Town Maket - it is the best ever. I love this place.

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i love holyland! my hubby and moved into the nordeast neighborhood a short while ago and have been slowly pegging down all of out vegan take out options, and holy land is definitely a keeper on our list! now, some items can be a bit oily, like the samosas, but one of our favorites has been the falafel combination sandwich; warm pita packed with falafel, roasted cauliflower, zucchini, and whole garlic. the tahini sauce IS vegan (most nut butters turn an interesting shade of white when blended with water)and so yummy in this. the sandwiches are the size of a chipotle burrito and only 6 bucks a pop! for a super cheap dinner for two, split a sandwich and get an order of fries, samosa, or salad. i would also suggest takeout as the bustling cafeteria style dining are leaves much to be desired

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I'm a little bit skeptical of Holy Land. While their pita is excellent, I wasn't that impressed with their hummus, baba ganouj or (most of) their falafel.

I first had a appetizer sampler ($7.51 with tax) which had two huge portions of hummus and baba ganouj, two small stuffed grape leaves, two small pieces of falafel, and three half-slices of pita. The hummus was pretty bland, in my opinion, and the baba ganouj was a notch better. It had a tart, lemony taste which was decent, though I wish it could have had a slightly smokier flavor. The falafel was great, with a good mix of spices, though I felt cheated since I only got two small pieces. The grape leaves were okay, but nothing I'd come back for. Finally, the pita was great, but only three half-slices? I would have needed at least eight in order to have done justice to the massive amount of hummus and baba ganouj they give you; in the end, I wasn't convinced enough by the food to justify buying more pita.

I also had a falafel sandwich ($7.51 with tax), which was a major disappointment. For one thing, the portion size is massive and much larger than it needs to be. Then again Holy Land is also a buffet, so they cater to the all-you-can-eat crowd; everything has to be in excessive proportions. The falafel in this sandwich was NOT the same as the one I got in my appetizer; the appetizer falafel was great and spiced, whereas the falafel in the sandwich was bland and didn't taste like anything, really. Also, the sandwich was stuffed with slightly burnt zucchini and cauliflower, which didn't enhance any flavors. Lastly, the tahini sauce was ice-cold and layered at the bottom of the sandwich, which made part of the pita cold to the touch, and the other part (not covered in tahini) piping hot. This was both annoying and disconcerting.

A word on the ambience: there is none. It's basically a bustling food court with people constantly shuffling around, yelling and munching away. It's not a great place to sit down and eat; I would recommend take-out to most people. Holy Land is an institution, so I feel wary giving it a mixed review, but I'll give it another shot in the future, to see if there's variance in the quality. There certainly was in the falafel.


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I purchase Holy Land products all the time in the grocery stores, but nothing compares to the fresh stuff right from the deli. The price on pita bread is EXCELLENT here. The stuffed grape leaves and falafel are so awesome and fresh. Can't say enough good things about Holy Land.

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BEST HUMMUS, BEST FALAFEL, hands down!!

OH YEAH!! Don't wait, go there now!

The lunch buffet is GREAT!


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I enjoy both eating and shopping at Holy Land!


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Best falafel I've ever had! I like that they have a little store attached too, so you can grab some hummus and pita to take home. :)


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Good food, but smells like cooking meat! If you can tolerate the smell, it's definitely worth it.


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The falafel makes it worth the trip! I wish they didn't use plastic everything, but otherwise I'd say it's quite veg friendly and a very cultural experience.


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The whole store smells like heaven; spices, fresh bread, and sauces. My favorites are the falafels, tabouli, hummos, baba ganoush, and of course the pita bread. Especially good are the HUGE loaves of afghani bread with garlic and other spices.


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While it can be a bit confusing to navigate when it's busy, it is totally worth going. The food is fabulous. The grocery section has quite a selection of interesting and tasty products. The bread is addictive... be sure to pick up some pita to take with you!


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FYI in response to a previous comment, tahini is always white because it comes from sesame seeds. Holy Land has great Middle Eastern food.


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Holyland is a good place to go. In order to go there you must first be patient, because sometimes the lines can be long. Whenever you go, there's usually good Arabian music playing, and the people that work there are usually nice. I know that some of the people can be a bit angry at times. The food has a good selection of vegetarian food. They have falafel sandwiches, and combos. They can have quite a number of different things, if you like Falafel or hummus it's a good choice.


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I was so excited to go to Holy Land after reading the great reviews here, and hearing that having the pita and hummus fresh is even better than getting it from the co-op. I was dissapointed to say the least. The food was drenched in oil - oil everywhere! The food hardly stayed on the styrofoam plate from sliding in pools of oil. The service was awful - the people behind the counter were irritated when I asked if there was any dairy in the tahini sauce, and it took a minute to get an answer, which was 'no', but when the salad came out, the dressing was white - which has me think 'dairy', so I asked again, and another guy just said "I don't know! I don't know!" and he was upset - so we just gave up and left the salads at the counter. I might stop in if I'm in the neighborhood and having a hummus attack, but otherwise, it's really not worth it.


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Holy Land makes some of the best hummus and falafel that can be found locally. Totally worth stopping by the deli to pick up (though it can also be found at many of the local co-ops and some local grocery stores.)


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Don't miss their legendary baba ghanouj! I recommend trying the vegetarian plate, which includes the baba ghanouj, falafel, hummus, pitas, and stuffed grape leaves.

While waiting for your order, step into the grocery area and pick up some fresh bread to take home. There are a few varities here that aren't distributed to the natural foods shops.


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this is how i'd rate the various middle eastern places i've been to around here. by all indications, the holy land emerges as the overall winner.

- best falafel sandwich: holy land

- best hummus: holy land, jerusalem's

- best tabouli: emily's lebanese deli

- best pita bread: holy land

- best spinach pie: sindbad's, emily's

- best grocery/deli: holy land

for starters, i'd recommend the delicious 'falafel combination' sandwich, and/or some hummus and tabouli. i didn't care for the stuffed grape leaves, which were of the more mushy variety. the olives and feta from the deli are first rate, and the rest of the newly expanded grocery is exhaustive and full of incredible variety. on any typical day, there are people shouting across the store to each other in Arabic, and all sorts of colors and smells and sounds drifting through, which adds to the delightful bazaar atmosphere of the place. it's no wonder that virtually every co-op in the twin cities carries the Holy Land's hummus, baba ghanouj, tabouli, breads, etc -- it's simply that good.

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