In her native Lebanon, Zakia mastered traditional Mediterranean recipes by preparing meals for her husband and seven children. After further refining her skills in another Minneapolis deli for more than 15 years, she finally opened her own shop in 2007.
Here, her pita sandwiches pack such tasty fixings as lentil and rice spreads or baked kibbe meat, both of which come crowned with Lebanese salad. Patrons can assemble their own sandwiches, too, with ingredients such as honey-wheat bread, pastrami, and chipotle spread. Zakia also showcases Lebanese specialties, including meatballs made from ground beef, parsley, and onion, not to mention plenty of vegan and gluten-free dishes. Everyday specialty entrees include favorites such as gyros and falafel plates, baked chicken, and kibbi, or baked meat squares culled from lean ground beef, cracked wheat, and savory onions.
Though inspired by the northern California caf?s of the early 1980s, Espresso Royale fits right in with Michigan?s modern coffee drinkers?in 2014 readers of The Michigan Daily voted it Best Coffee Shop for the fifth year in a row. Their coffees include a house blend developed in 1987, which has since been joined by a seasonally appropriate autumn spice blend and a southern Italian-style espresso called Napoli. Royale's customers also clamor to the counter for favorites such as raspberry mochas, mint hot chocolates, and ginger dragon, a tea layered with fresh lemon and steeped ginger root that can be served iced or heated by a dragon named Ginger.
Giant buttermilk pancakes topped with fresh blueberries (when in season), fluffy three-egg omelets, and steaming skillets overflowing with fries, eggs, and melted cheese. Hearty breakfasts are the star at Egg and I. The diner has been serving up the classics?pancakes, waffles, and dragon eggs?for more than 20 years at a pair of Twin City locales affectionately named "Big Egg" and "Little Egg." And like any great American diner, it satisfies patrons with a wide variety of lunch options, including grilled sandwiches, burgers, and housemade soups.
Today's culinary triumphs are the product of thousands of years of experimentation. The staff at Annona Gourmet doesn’t see any reason why that march of innovation should end, so they fill the shop’s shelves with exotic twists on staples such as pasta, sea salt, and vinegar. 20 varieties of olive oil pour from large stainless-steel tanks called fusti, their straw-hued droplets hinting at everything from Sicilian sunshine to Persian limes. After tasting balsamic vinegar infused with cinnamon and pears or figs, patrons peruse the inventory of pastas beneath coastal murals that give one the feeling of being at a beach free of sailors with boring albatross stories. Jars of sauces and dressings hint at a spectrum of flavors with earth-tone hues, and sea salts take on the flavor of black truffles or ghost peppers in an escape from seasoning conventions.
A downtown Minneapolis staple for more than 38 years, Emily's Lebanese Deli was an obvious stop for Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The authentic food there didn't disappoint?the Food Network host lauded the lamb shish kebab and kibbi, which he deemed "the Lebanese version of steak tartare." Using recipes passed down through generations, Emily's culinary team makes such specialties on-site every day without preservatives or additives or correction using Auto-Tastebud. The Fieri-praised dishes aside, the deli's menu sports plenty of other Lebanese classics, included zucchini stuffed with lamb, rice, and spices. The cooks also cater to vegetarians with meatless mains built around fixings such as stewed lentils and kidney beans.
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