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A Handy Guide to the Twin Cities' Best Falafel and Kebabs

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While falafel and kebabs might not immediately come to mind when thinking of Twin Cities' food offerings, there are actually plenty of spots offering up these Middle Eastern classics in Minneapolis and St. Paul as both platters and pita sandwiches. Fast, cheap, and filling, these traditional street foods are go-to options for diners on the move.

Whether you're a meat eater who enjoys oohing and ahhing over rotating cylinders of lamb and beef or you prefer the vegetarian-friendly fried chickpea balls, here is a handy guide the best falafel and kebabs in the Twin Cities.

Did we miss your favorite falafel or kebabs? Let us know in the comments.

Theresa Swaney


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1. Loon Grocery

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2501 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 871-2245
Believe it or not, this small convenience store on the corner of 25th and Lyndale in Uptown is a hotspot for falafel and kebabs, which are churned out by a small kitchen just inside the door. Add some pita bread, tomatoes, lettuce, tzatziki (yogurt-cucumber sauce), and pickled jalapeño, and a delicious little meal from an unlikely location appears.

2. Shish Cafe

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1668 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 690-2212
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There is no need to wait for lunch at Shish Mediterranean Grill, which opens at 7 a.m. every day. Order their Shish Breakfast and be prepared to enjoy a lamb or chicken shawarma (Arabic word for kebab), two braised eggs on top of a toasted pita, potatoes, and fruit. What more does one person need? Turkish coffee maybe? Shish’s is spicy, sweet, and strong.

3. Foxy Falafel

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791 Raymond Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55114
(651) 243-0813
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Marketed as an Israeli falafel, Foxy started as humble food truck and expanded to a quaint restaurant in Saint Paul’s Midway neighborhood soon after. Foxy sells traditional chickpea falafel, but they also mix it up with curry falafel and beet falafel, each as good as the next. With Foxy’s commitment to local and organic ingredients and happy hour deals like $.25 falafel balls and $1 pickle plates, this eatery is a modern addition to the Twin Cities Middle Eastern dining scene.

4. Abdul's Afandy

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614 Washington Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 872-0523
Abdul's Afandy is small (just 450 square feet), but that is plenty of room for owner Mohamad Abdul Ahmad to serve up falafel and shawarma to students, professors, and passersby alike. At only $3.95 for a sandwich of your choice, and nowhere to eat but outside, Abduls Afandy is Minneapolis’s version of year round street food.

5. Wally's Falafel and Hummus

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423 14th Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 746-4776
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Located in Dinkytown, Wally’s Falafel serves up a wide range of Middle Eastern food. This eatery’s signature dish is by far and away their falafel wrap. The wrap is served with freshly packed and deep fried falafel balls on a soft flatbread filled with lettuce, tomatoes, tahini, and hot sauce on request. Feeling ravenous? Opt for the deluxe wrap that includes fried cauliflower, eggplant, and French fries.

6. Black Sea Restaurant

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(651) 917-8832
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This list would not be complete without a nod to Black Sea, one of two Turkish restaurants in the Twin Cities. A small, cozy eatery along Snelling Avenue in Saint Paul, Black Sea has two rotating spits of meat cooking all day long. Their beef and lamb kebab are also a steal at only $5.45 each. Sip on their Turkish coffee while chowing down and that post lunch nap will be out of the picture.

7. Zakia Deli

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2412 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 379-0288
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A small, family-run Lebanese deli with patio seating, Zakia is great place visit on a spring day when you are craving calories and sunshine. Their deli case is packed full of Middle Eastern favorites, like baba ganoush and tabouli salad. But all the rave at Zakia’s is their falafel sandwich that comes with banana peppers to give it a little zing.

8. Holy Land - Northeast

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2513 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-2627
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There is a reason Holy Land is a titan in the Minneapolis Middle Eastern dining scene: they serve good food at good prices. Both their falafel and kebab are tasty; make sure to order them as an Arabic-style wrap with tahini and hot sauce.

9. Filfilah Restaurant & Market

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4301 Central Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
(763) 781-2222
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In an unassuming strip mall in Columbia Heights sits Filfillah, a full-service Turkish restaurants that helps fill Minneapolis' Turkish food void. Go ahead and try their falafel, but it will be hard to pass up a kebab when their spiced and rotating meat beckons you to devour it with every turn. Try to save room for some baklava because Filfillah makes them in little logs of honey-phyllo-dough goodness.

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1. Loon Grocery

2501 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Believe it or not, this small convenience store on the corner of 25th and Lyndale in Uptown is a hotspot for falafel and kebabs, which are churned out by a small kitchen just inside the door. Add some pita bread, tomatoes, lettuce, tzatziki (yogurt-cucumber sauce), and pickled jalapeño, and a delicious little meal from an unlikely location appears.
2501 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405

2. Shish Cafe

1668 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105
There is no need to wait for lunch at Shish Mediterranean Grill, which opens at 7 a.m. every day. Order their Shish Breakfast and be prepared to enjoy a lamb or chicken shawarma (Arabic word for kebab), two braised eggs on top of a toasted pita, potatoes, and fruit. What more does one person need? Turkish coffee maybe? Shish’s is spicy, sweet, and strong.
1668 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105

3. Foxy Falafel

791 Raymond Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55114
Marketed as an Israeli falafel, Foxy started as humble food truck and expanded to a quaint restaurant in Saint Paul’s Midway neighborhood soon after. Foxy sells traditional chickpea falafel, but they also mix it up with curry falafel and beet falafel, each as good as the next. With Foxy’s commitment to local and organic ingredients and happy hour deals like $.25 falafel balls and $1 pickle plates, this eatery is a modern addition to the Twin Cities Middle Eastern dining scene.
791 Raymond Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55114

4. Abdul's Afandy

614 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Abdul's Afandy is small (just 450 square feet), but that is plenty of room for owner Mohamad Abdul Ahmad to serve up falafel and shawarma to students, professors, and passersby alike. At only $3.95 for a sandwich of your choice, and nowhere to eat but outside, Abduls Afandy is Minneapolis’s version of year round street food.
614 Washington Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

5. Wally's Falafel and Hummus

423 14th Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Located in Dinkytown, Wally’s Falafel serves up a wide range of Middle Eastern food. This eatery’s signature dish is by far and away their falafel wrap. The wrap is served with freshly packed and deep fried falafel balls on a soft flatbread filled with lettuce, tomatoes, tahini, and hot sauce on request. Feeling ravenous? Opt for the deluxe wrap that includes fried cauliflower, eggplant, and French fries.
423 14th Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414

6. Black Sea Restaurant

Saint Paul, MN 55108
This list would not be complete without a nod to Black Sea, one of two Turkish restaurants in the Twin Cities. A small, cozy eatery along Snelling Avenue in Saint Paul, Black Sea has two rotating spits of meat cooking all day long. Their beef and lamb kebab are also a steal at only $5.45 each. Sip on their Turkish coffee while chowing down and that post lunch nap will be out of the picture.

7. Zakia Deli

2412 Kennedy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
A small, family-run Lebanese deli with patio seating, Zakia is great place visit on a spring day when you are craving calories and sunshine. Their deli case is packed full of Middle Eastern favorites, like baba ganoush and tabouli salad. But all the rave at Zakia’s is their falafel sandwich that comes with banana peppers to give it a little zing.
2412 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

8. Holy Land - Northeast

2513 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
There is a reason Holy Land is a titan in the Minneapolis Middle Eastern dining scene: they serve good food at good prices. Both their falafel and kebab are tasty; make sure to order them as an Arabic-style wrap with tahini and hot sauce.
2513 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

9. Filfilah Restaurant & Market

4301 Central Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421
In an unassuming strip mall in Columbia Heights sits Filfillah, a full-service Turkish restaurants that helps fill Minneapolis' Turkish food void. Go ahead and try their falafel, but it will be hard to pass up a kebab when their spiced and rotating meat beckons you to devour it with every turn. Try to save room for some baklava because Filfillah makes them in little logs of honey-phyllo-dough goodness.
4301 Central Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421

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