Epic Sandwich: Holy Land Deli's crazy good Kufta Kebob

Holy Land Deli's Kufta Kebob

Holy Land Deli's Kufta Kebob

Holy Land Deli on Central Ave in Minneapolis is known for many things, but their most lauded achievements are probably their famous hummus and their amazing over-the-top buffet. On a recent visit I managed to avoid pigging out on both in lieu of the kufta kebob sandwich ($7) and found myself armed with another reason to gush about this place.

Holy Land oozes authenticity and I knew that if I wanted a traditional sandwich I would look no further then this crowded, bustling food haven. The lunch rush is always a spirited affair on account of the crowded buffet and the quick-service counter. I really wanted to smash the buffet, but I needed to keep the mission in mind and started to search for an interesting sandwich at the counter.

Going the gyro route seemed too easy here so I swung at the curveball and ordered the kufta kebob sandwich. Admittedly, I didn't really know what I was getting myself into, but the picture sure looked good, and frankly, that's good enough for me.

Kuftas land squarely in the meatball family, and the version I received was constructed with spices, onion and densely ground lamb. Each bite was moist and flavorful with a wonderful texture (lightly pink in the middle with a nice flat-top birthed crust on the exterior) and an awesomely persistent parsley perfume. An immensity of ingredients were layered in and amazingly held together by a thin pita that didn't do much in terms of flavor, but was astonishingly capable of holding in the abundance of fillings and sauces. Accompanying these delectable lamb meatballs was a bucket of cucumber sauce laced with garlic, lemon and even more permeating parsley. Add in a big smear of their famous smooth and garlic-strong hummus with a crate full of fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions and you've got yourself a serious sandwich, and some wicked breath.

Sandwich rating: Tasty. The meatballs were crazy-good and the lamb/parsley combo managed to shine despite the heavy garlic and onion treatment. They went a bit too heavy on the sauce for my liking, but a simple request will help clear that up on my return visit - as long as I can resist that killer buffet again...

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