restaurant: Emily’s Lebanese Deli

Last week the taster went on a quest for any restaurants in our area that had been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Subsequently, we have a list of about 15 restaurants that are “must-visits”. Which really is fine with me, because they are generally all places that should be visited – local icons and n0-fuss food. One down, 14 to go.

Emily’s Deli has the charm of a family restaurant and it was evident that much of the cliental were regulars – 4 year olds greeting that wait-staff; couples who don’t need menus. In the 15 minutes we were there (6:00 pm on Friday) the restaurant went from two tables taken and us wondering if this place was any good to a packed restaurant. Let me mention that they serve no alcohol – I always think this says a lot about a restaurant – you know it has to be good for people to go and not drink on a Friday night. 😉

During the wait for the food I inquisitively asked a number of questions to the girl behind the counter – finding out that Emily had passed away a few years back, but her daughter was in the back cooking and she was Emily’s granddaughter, which I should have known, they looked almost identical. Also during the wait I kept seeing salads go out to the tables with what looked like a creamy, gloppy mess of dressing on each one. To be honest it didn’t even look appetizing, but they sold it by the quart so I started wondering if there was something more to this dressing. A few questions later, I had about 3 tablespoons of it to “try” and the list of ingredients. Much to my surprise, and as Emily’s granddaughter told us, everyone’s surprise, there was no dairy in this dressing. Straight garlic, mint, lemon and salt whipped together in a high-speed blender to make a creamy, flavorful dressing with the familiar bite of garlic. I’ll be trying this out in the magic bullet, we will see if it can live up to its infomercial claims.

Spinach Pie: this was ok, I tend to like my spinach with a savory side and this had more of a nutmeg flavor

Lamb Kebab: lamb, zucchini and onion – so flavorful, would get this everytime

Vegetable Kebab: zucchini, onion and tomato – in a quest for some veggies, delicious with the garlic dressing

Garlic Dressing, Tabouli, Baba Ganoush



Filed under great meals, restaurants, tomatoes, Uncategorized, vegetables

15 responses to “restaurant: Emily’s Lebanese Deli

  1. The food looks delish!

    I’ve never heard of Diners, Drive-Inn’s and Dives but it is something my husband and I would love. Going to check and see what they have in our area.


  2. I heard so many good things about Emily’s Lebanese Deli, but haven’t had a chance to go yet. I’ll have to check it out sometime when I’m in MN!

  3. My restaurant list never seems to get any lower, I keep adding new things to it. Emily’s is now on it.

  4. A month or so ago I was at a dinner party with a bunch of people I didn’t know. One lady was from North Minneapolis and was absolutely shocked that I have never been to Emily’s Lebanese Deli. You should have seen the look on her face – almost like a personal insult.

    So, this place has been added to my very very long list of restaurants to try and I am now curious enough to try the dressing you mentioned.

    • I know, my list just keeps getting longer and longer – I love having so many great options but I will never be able to catch up!!!
      (and I don’t think I would be insulted if you’ve never been to Emily’s) 🙂

  5. Kate

    i love this place! the grape leaves and tabouli are my favs. you have to walk thru a creepy back room to get to the bathroom but other than that, i a big fan.

  6. Sounds like a neat place with a lot of character 🙂

  7. wish i was in minneapolis to go here tonight! i love the last pic!! happy friday!

  8. so strange that there was a nutmeg flavor in the spinach pie…that’s a greek staple and it’s usually buttery and salty!

  9. Chelsea Ward

    Lebanese food sounds so delicious. I love that simple blend of ingredients for the salad dressing. Anything that has a strong kick of garlic is ok in my book.

  10. Wow, any place that has the thumbs up from DDD must be great! I love the way they serve the dressings and dips…

  11. ahhhh i need to go here! seriously, everyone i have talked to has raved about it, and those kebobs are calling my name!

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