BEST MIDDLE EASTERN GROCERY - 2001
Holy Land Deli
Shoppers don't have to go to Holy Land Deli to buy their hummus and baba ghannouj, because most natural-foods stores stock the Holy Land brand. But once those two dips have been tasted, what person in their right mind could resist finding out what else the deli has to offer? Glass cases filled with more kinds of olives, pickles, and feta cheeses than you ever thought possible line one wall. Shelves are packed with baskets of fresh dates, colorful tins containing tea, chocolates, and caramels, and a huge selection of spices and juices like mango and guava. An ever-changing sign offers up the best meat deal of the day--rabbit, veal, chicken, or lamb. Come early to get first dibs on fresh pita bread and other goodies. For those who can't wait until getting home to eat, the deli offers gyro sandwiches, salads, thick, sweet slices of baklava, and, if you're lucky, a seat at one of the tables in the front of the store. Be forewarned, though, people will be drooling over your shoulder.