Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler.
If you head far enough north on Central Avenue, the frequency of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean-influenced spots (everything from Filfillah to Big Marina to New York Gyro) starts to spike. New to the neighborhood in Fridley is Sultan Lebanese, a cozy first-generation spot that’s still in its soft opening period. The menu is simple and comforting, and we gravitated toward a Chicken Schwarma Wrap ($8) that seemed to promise a lot of the region’s flavors in an easy-to-handle package.
It didn’t disappoint. The wrap took a while to arrive but hit the table incredibly warm and pleasingly substantial, a mix of marinated and grilled chicken pieces plus creamy, tangy cheese, finely sliced pickle rounds, and matchstick-cut fried potatoes. On a cold day, this elegant and substantial wrap made for an ideal lunch.
We finished our meal with a couple slices of namoura ($3), a traditional Middle Eastern cake that pairs the grit and substance of semolina flour with a lavender- or- rose-tinted infusion of honey.
The Dish: Chicken Schwarma Wrap ($8)
The Place: Sultan Lebanese, 7601 Hwy 65 NE, Fridley, MN
The Reason: It’s pure comfort in a wrap that’ll warm you to the core