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Hummus Rumpus: Where to Meet Your Chickpea Needs

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.
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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, usually around 3 p.m. You...
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Wadi Musa, Jordan
Petra flourished more than 2,000 years ago, trading with Rome as an equal before being abandoned after a series of earthquakes in the 4th and 6th centuries C.E. It wasn’t until the 19th century, when European explorers...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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47 Charlotte St, Saint John, NB E2L 2H8, Canada
My hometown of Saint John, New Brunswick isn't exactly Canada's tourist hot-spot. But there's one great reason to visit, if your'e a foodie - The Saint John City Market. This is Canada's oldest incorporated farmers' market and it's always a...
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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...
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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...
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Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tucked away in the heart of downtown Seoul is the quaint Insadong district, where a Korea of yore comes to life in the form of traditional artists and musicians, shops selling Korean crafts and souvenirs, and street performers dressed in native...
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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...