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 waitstaff; 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

Comments

  1. says

    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.

    Thanks!

  2. says

    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.

    Thanks!

  3. says

    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.

    • says

      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) :)

  4. says

    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.

    • says

      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. says

    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. says

    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.

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