You may think you are lost when you arrive at this somewhat older and dated two-story building surrounded by residential homes in northeast Minneapolis. In fact, you have found a treasure and should be prepared to eat some really good food! Located at 641 University Avenue NE in Minneapolis, Emily’s Lebanese Delicatessen is my selection for this months review. The seating area is small; consisting of only a few tables which you can bet are always full. This was the case when we visited Emily’s over the lunch hour so we were brought through the kitchen, up the stairs and into a large open area meant for larger groups and the dinner crowd. This ended up being perfect for our crew of 5 which was me, Arvid and Steve from Meritex and my associates Ryan and Eric. We were all familiar with Middle Eastern food but new to Lebanese so we encouraged our server to help us explore the menu offerings. Let the feast begin!
We started with the appetizer plate which included hummus, baba ghannuj, olives and feta cheese and peppers. Along with that we ordered Mistah Bread, Cabbage Rolls and the Meat Pie. All were delicious but the Meat Pie was the big winner. It consisted of ground lamb and beef, onions, spices and pine nuts baked in a tasty golden flour crust. At this point we were full but no where near finished. Next up was the Stuffed Zucchini, a hallowed out zucchini filled with a mixture of lamb, tomato paste and rice. To top it off our server brought us an assortment of Kabobs. There were 4 types; Kafta which is ground beef with onions, parsley and spices; Shish, chunks of lamb with onions, zucchini and garlic butter; Chicken, basted with garlic butter; and Vegetable. We had absolutely no room for dessert which was a shame in that Emily’s is known for their Baklava, Custard and Strudel. Take out is available, and as indicated on their website, all items are made fresh on site. Whether you go there for the food, service, value or all three, this family owned operation of 35 years is as good as it gets!
Bill’s Beverage of the Month
Stone Ruination Ale is brewed by the Stone Brewing Co. out of Escondido, CA. and really packs a punch at 7.7% ALC/Vol. Here is the description on www.stonebrew.com: “So called because of the ‘ruinous’ effect on your palate! This massive hop monster has a wonderfully delicious and intensely bitter flavor on a refreshing malt base. One taste and you can easily see why we call this brew ‘a liquid poem to the glory of the hop!’ Those who seek, crave and rejoice in beers with big, bold, bitter character will find true nirvana in Stone Ruination IPA! “