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Sep 23, 2006 06:10 AM

Best Hummus in L.A.

The Los Angeles Times recently did a hummus review, reviewing only San Fernando Valley restaurants. Everything sounded mouthwatering, but as much as I love hummus, I am not going to drive to the Valley just for a bowl of hummus.

So where can I get good hummus on the Westside or in the Beverly Center/West Hollywood area? I already know the hummus at Sunnin on Westwood Blvd. and think it's delightful, but just want to have more choices. And don't tell me about any pre-packaged hummus at Trader Joe's or the like. I'm looking for the real thing.

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  1. The sprouts vendor at the Hollywood Farmers' Market makes a very good hummus.

    1. i like the hummous at nyala on fairfax. it is a little different. it has cumin and it's not sour like others. i really like it!

      1. I'm sure this will sound weird, but I love the hummus at Newsroom Cafe. It's served as an appetizer with lots of grilled veggies and yummy flatbread

        1. If Skaf's were ever to close, then I might consider Alcazar as the best hummus in LA -- but there's absolutely no comparison. (There's also no ambiance at Skaf's, but that's never stopped me, and ambiance doesn't make the hummus taste any different.)

          The hummus at Nyala, as arifa said, is very good, though I didn't actually know it was hummus -- it doesn't look anything like regular hummus and doesn't taste like regular hummus. It comes as an amuse-gueule before the meal.

          There is a vendor at many farmers' markets (Studio City and Burbank for sure, may be the same folks at Hollywood and SM Wednesday) called Mom's Products, which sells pita, pita chips, and mezze. The roasted garlic hummus is excellent.

          1. I must take exception to your thesis that pre-packaged hummus is "not the real thing".

            Wholesome Choice in Irvine devotes an entire case just to multiple varieties of Sabra hummus, baba ganouch and combination products that are always flying off the shelf. Textures vary from creamy smooth to chunky, tanginess from spicy to mild, flavors from garlicky to nutty. IOHO this product competes favorably against the vast majority of freshly mades out there.

            But don't take our word for it, try it and see for yourself. My understanding is that at least some Sabra products are available in certain Gelson's (but not Bristol).

            And as if that were not enough, the organic fresh bakery ay Wholesome continuously rolls out all manner of flatbreads hot out of the oven to a long line of eagerly waiting (panting?) customers. Our current favorite is Sangak, a chewy, oniony, delicious concoction double the size of a placemat, but do try them all and soar beyond boring pita. Understand, there're good pita and lavosh in restaurants, but IOHO they just don't hold a candle to the tasty and exotic offerings at Wholesome.

            Don't get me wrong, we enjoy hummus when we're out, such as at Open Sesame, Zov's, Gaby's, Moishe's, they're all fine. But the convenience of a long lasting product available in large tubs to stash in the refrigerator and chomp when the urge hits that's living well.

            6 Replies
            1. re: bernardo

              I couldn't agree more that Sabra's packaged hummus is as good, if not better, than most of the equivalents found in L.A. restaurants. The variety I always buy – regular with a generous sprinkling of pine nuts and olive oil – is available in large tubs at all local Costco outlets. Frankly, Sabra hummus is such a faithful constant in my home that, other than to complement a falafel, I almost never order hummus at restaurants anymore. To me, that's become like ordering a plate of cream cheese and, really, where's the bang for your buck in that?

              1. re: bernardo

                the very fact that you mention many kinds of hummus and baba gahnouj that are pre-packaged
                that are good reveals how misleading this opinion is.

                for a thousand years hummus and baba gannouj were basically made a certain and perfect way. in 10 years in america there are 38 flavors and none is authentic or edible.

                i've tried many and none comes even slightly close to a proper homemade one. sorry

                1. re: epop

                  epop, I agree with your generalization that most brands of pre-packaged hummus don't compare to homemade, and I'd even go so far as to say they are typically quite dreadful. But not Sabra's, which is the only label that both bernardo and I cited as exemplary. You said you've tried many brands, but you did not specify whether you've ever tried Sabra's. I assume then that you've never had it. I recommend giving it a shot.

                  1. re: Arthur

                    Yup, Arthur, I just have to LOL when posters trot out exceptions that prove the rule. How about stating the sample and population sizes and rating by %, decile or quartile? What we want to know is where the poster thinks Sabra falls on the totem pole of homemade hummus available to the LA CH public.

                    I admit I've probably only tried a few dozen hummus in restaurants. IMHO none of them beat the pants off of Sabra products. Opposing opinions are of course welcome.

                2. re: bernardo

                  i just bought and served sabra's hummous made with sun dried tomatos.
                  this is the first time i tried it.
                  never again.
                  the ONLY flavor that came through was that of the salt.

                  i've made do with their pine nut version before, but this was really poor. never again.

                  1. re: bernardo

                    Y'all like Sabra hummus bc its not not HEALTHY at all, made with canola oil as oppossed to olive, your not tasting fresh ingredients.

                    And I agree on Skafs and Alcazar... Sasson in Tarzana also really homemade and good.