Looking for a sublime Middle Eastern meal near you?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Middle Eastern restaurants around Minneapolis, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fill the bill.
1. Naf Naf Grill
Topping the list is a location of the chain Naf Naf Grill. Located at 856 S.E. Washington Ave. in Prospect Park, the Middle Eastern spot, which offers salads and falafel, is the highest-rated low-priced Middle Eastern restaurant in Minneapolis, boasting four stars out of 35 reviews on Yelp.
Yelper Herb Q., who reviewed Naf Naf Grill on Dec. 10, wrote, "I absolutely love this place. Their falafel ball was exceptional and pita is amazing. I have never tasted better pita bread in my life."
2. Wally's Falafel and Hummus
Marcy Holmes's Wally's Falafel and Hummus, located at 423 14th Ave. SE, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the low-priced Middle Eastern spot, which offers falafel and more, four stars out of 223 reviews. Look for the chicken shawarma salad on the menu, which features chicken shawarma with tomatoes, onions, black olives, garbanzo beans, feta cheese and house dressing.
Yelper Rush B., who reviewed Wally's Falafel and Hummus on Nov. 14, wrote, "You will fall in love with this place. The baklava is traditionally sweetened with honey, not cane sugar."
Brian O. wrote, "The wall decor is wonderful. They even decorated the tables."
3. Loon Grocery
Loon Grocery, a grocery store and Middle Eastern spot in Whittier, is another much-loved, inexpensive go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 51 Yelp reviews. Head over to 2501 Lyndale Ave. South to see for yourself. Try a gyro or a cheesesteak.
Hayden G. noted, "A true hidden gem."
Yelper Michelle O. wrote, "The falafel was so good. Loaded it up with cucumber sauce and tahini along with onion, cucumber and tomato. It was perfection. This may become a regular stop on the weekend."
4. Daily Cairo Grill
Over in Ventura Village, check out Daily Cairo Grill, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 13 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the Middle Eastern and African spot, which offers sandwiches and more, by heading over to 1922 Chicago Ave.
A L. noted, "It was fantastic. Meat was tender and fall-off-the-bone, spiced well with hot fluffy rice. Mango juice was pretty sweet but nice refresher on a hot summer day."