Holy Land's hummus tahini: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 57

Danielle Lenz
Hummus has been gaining rapid popularity across the country as a healthy and delicious spread, perfect for parties, snacking, and even dieting. Around these parts, however, it's been popular for decades, thanks in no small part to a northeast Minneapolis institution, the Holy Land Grocery & Deli.

Over the past 24 years, Holy Land has become a Central Avenue power player, expanding from a small storefront cafe into a local empire that includes its own hummus production facility, which opened in 2009 to support growing demand for the creamy spread. While Holy Land products can be widely found in many Twin Cities grocers' aisles, the company now hopes to ascend the national stage as its hummus takes to the shelves of Costco and Target across Minnesota and select Midwestern cities for a test-market run. If all goes well, Holy Land hummus could eventually be distributed across the country.

With all this growth, one might wonder if quality has suffered. We're happy to report that whether it's dished up at the deli or purchased in a package, the hummus tahini is still as good as ever. The light, ultra-creamy texture of the mashed chickpeas and nutty tahini (sesame seed paste) is so smooth and silky that it almost seems whipped. A tart zing of lemony citrus brightens each bite. The flavor is powerful, yet the hummus is light, making it perilously easy to keep scooping it up with pocket bread, pita chips, raw vegetables, or whatever else happens to be on hand. Thank goodness it's more convenient than ever to get more.

Danielle Lenz

2513 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis

920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

Also available at select grocers, including Costco, Target, Rainbow, Cub, Whole Foods, Kowalski's, Lund's, Byerly's, and the Wedge Co-op

Holy Land website

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 58: The Sample Room's wild mushroom ragout on polenta
No. 59: On's Thai Kitchen Nam Thok
No. 60: Flamingo Restaurant's vegetarian combo
No. 61: Sea Change's Brioche Pain Perdu
No. 62: Haute Dish's "Steak & Eggs"
No. 63: Tremblay's Sweet Shop salt water taffy
No. 64: Bars Bakery's Turtle Bar
No. 65: Pizzeria Lola's Lady ZaZa Pizza
No. 66: In Season's fried oysters
No. 67: Cave Vin's steak frites
No. 68: Everest on Grand's cabbage and potatoes
No. 70: Surly Coffee Bender
No. 71: Quang's bun tom xao
No. 72: YoYo Donuts' maple bacon doughnut
No. 73: Cupcake's mini cupcakes
No. 74: Willy D's ribs
No. 75: Salsa a la Salsa's Fried Chocolate Truffles
No. 76: Anodyne's Artichoke Melt
No. 77: Origami's steamed duck
No. 78: B.T. McElrath's Salty Dog bar
No. 79: Mozza Mia's house-made limoncello
No. 80: Salty Tart Bakery's pastry cream-filled brioche
No. 81: Little Szechuan's bamboo tips with chili sauce
No. 82: Oceanaire's Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
No. 83: Aperitif's Nonni's Meatballs
No. 84: Christos's Saganaki
No. 85: Seven Stars' Sesame Bagel
No. 86: Hell's Kitchen Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes
No. 87: Blackbird banh mi
No. 88: Tank Goodness chocolate chip cookies
No. 89: Sole Cafe's gal bee
No. 90: Porter & Frye's El Pelon
No. 91: Coffee News' fish and chips
No. 92: Bread & Chocolate's Fabulous Fudge Bar
No. 93: People's Organic Panna Cotta
No. 94: Sea Salt Eatery Crawdad Po' Boy
No. 95: Fuji Ya's Tofu Don
No. 96: Ike's Food and Cocktails The Weekender Bloody Mary
No. 97: Punch's Toto pizza
No. 98: Stockholm Pie Company's peanut butter fudge cream pie
No. 99: Dogwood Coffee Co.'s macchiato
No. 100: Al's Breakfast buttermilk pancakes

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