Hummus Rumpus: Where to Meet Your Chickpea Needs
Collected by Ethan Gelber
People can be very particular about surprising things. One of them is hummus. True purists will only eat hummus with the 'right' kind of texture -- some like it smooth, others chunky, yet others committed to every variation in between. Diehard fans just like to eat it wherever they can find it, which, despite its growing universality, isn't everywhere. Here's a selection of where hummus definitely can be found and, from the descriptions, is pretty good.
El Jazzar St, Acre, Israel
OK, so there's no real war and the skirmishing isn't all that great. In fact, everyone claims to get along. Be that as it may, up in Akko, the coastal city in far northern Israel reputed by many to have the best hummus in the country, if not the...
Ha-Dolfin St 1, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
The original patriarch of this outfit sold hummus from a pushcart before opening the shop more than 40 years ago. His descendants make two or three big batches every day, which they serve from 8 a.m. until they run out. Read Gregory Dicum's...
1209 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218, USA
A brilliant snack tapas hole on the wall on charming Ditmas Park neighborhood is fantastic. Fresh, seasonal & Middle Eastern dishes are the real charm here. The fresh hummus with mushrooms was superb! It's defiantly a wonderful charming find. The...
Tomtom Mahallesi, Yeni Çarşı Cd. No:54, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Chef Arzu Gurdamar runs her kitchen like she runs her life—with whimsy, flair, and a dollop of determination. She is a thoroughly modern Istanbullu, a woman who goes her own way—and rides a Harley Davidson in her (virtually non-existent) spare...
125, Herzog St, Azor, 5800100, Israel
Israelis developed the first practical surface drip irrigation emitter. Nowhere are the fruits (literally) of that work more evident than at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem, Israel. Visit The Shuk, as the market is known to locals, on an...
72695 CA-111, Palm Desert, CA 92260, USA
Kabobz Mediterranean Restaurant has two locations, one on Hwy 111 and the other on Country Club Drive. I visited the latter during lunchtime, treating myself to a meal. I ordered the Kabob Skewer and Saffron Rice dish with chicken pictured...
Spanish Arch, Long Walk, Galway, H91 E9XA, Ireland
Ard Bia at Nimmos (Gaelic for “high food”) is a lovely space in a stone building near the Spanish Arch in Galway, and one of the city’s most popular restaurants, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Inspired...
315 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6A 0A7, Canada
The owners at this breakfast and lunch spot make almost everything from scratch and by hand, from grinding chickpeas for their hummus to making almond milk for the granola. They even offer vegan butter. (604) 681-5776. As told to Rhonda May. This...
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
In the heart of D.C.'s Penn Quarter, Zaytinya serves up a variety of tapas inspired by traditional dishes from Greece, Lebanon, and Turkey. It also has a selection of wines from such Eastern Mediterranean countries and seasonally serves a hot tea...
845 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
If you're a Persian food aficionado like me, you will absolutely love this place! I can't get enough of those chicken shish kebabs and hummus/pita combinations. Located in downtown San Diego's Gaslamp District, you can expect a very diverse crowd,...
3125 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, USA
For a unique dining experience, try Divan—a Mediterranean restaurant and hookah lounge. Guests are transported to Arabia, surrounded by pillows and curtains. Order small bites like the lamb kufta and hummus while you smoke the hookah. Divan also...
47 Charlotte St, Saint John, NB E2L 2H8, Canada
1624 Laskin Road Suite 727, Hilltop North Shopping Center, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
Go for the hummus and you'll surely leave with some baklava. Azar's is a local restaurant specializing in Lebanese/Mediterranean cuisine and their fresh hummus is fantastic. There are several locations in the Virginia Beach area and two have an...
40A W McNab Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33060, USA
Since 2001, By Their Fruit has produced vine-ripe beefsteak tomatoes, salsa, hummus, Georgia peaches, and other high-quality produce to the city of Pompano Beach. Owners Kristy and Roque Cavazos come from a long line of produce retails, and...
169 Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181, Australia
I don't know who the Governor of the great Australian state of Victoria is, but every Melburnian knows his or her coffee royalty. In a city ruled by the roast, café menus read like their restaurant brethren—every bean is accounted for by country...
Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Korea isn't only about K-Pop, kimchi and computer technology. It is also a haven for antiques and, in Insa-dong, Seoul has the perfectly quaint neighborhood in which to shop for them. The focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts,...
160 Baldwin St #8, Toronto, ON M5T 3K7, Canada
In the heart of Kensington Market on Baldwin Street, Samadhi Tea House is a sanctuary of peace and wellness. The store owner is a young woman named Paula, who makes all of the vegan food from scratch and has extensive knowledge about health; her...
2225 Village Walk Dr, Henderson, NV 89052, USA
Hummus that melts in your mouth, and combination plates that include all the good stuff—Crazy Pita's fresh Greek food is a favorite lunch and dinner spot among all of the area's locals. And don't forget the "Greek" salad—this hot spot features a...
The Depot, 100 North Rd, Brighton BN1 1YE, UK
I fell in love at Bill's... a few times, actually. First, with the feel of the place. It's like your best friend's house on a Sunday morning—all smiles, sunshine, and warmth. Second, I fell in love with my breakfast. Bill's Vegetarian Breakfast—...
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