(WBIR-West Knoxville) The Holy Land Market on Sutherland has been a main stay of Middle Eastern food in Knoxville for awhile. The owners are Denise and Walter Ajlouny.
His journey has taken him from Michigan to New York to Knoxville.
"I have a lot of family here and Tennessee is a nice place to live," he said.
They bought the store about nine years ago.
"We added a kitchen to it and started doing our cooking with Middle Eastern food and New York style," he said.
The deli offers a variety of homemade food: hummus, tabouly, mudammas, lemon rice, vegetable rice, different kinds of salads, cucumber yogurt sauce, spinach pies, desserts, falafels, shish kabobs and more.
They brought a taste of New York with them to Tennessee.
"We're known for our reubens. We boil our own corned beef here with homemade Russian dressing," he said.
The market features food from cultures across the Middle East and Europe.
"They range from all around from Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Syria. We have Israel. We have Russia, Bosnia, Croatia," he said.
The Holy Land Market and Deli is open from 10:30 to 8:00.