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Who has the best hummus?

Tari Feb 26, 2007 04:28 PM

I am on a hummus kick and was wondering where I could get some really good hummus.
Any recommendations?

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  1. westsidegal RE: Tari Feb 26, 2007 04:30 PM

    although it's rarely mentioned here, i like the hummus served at shamshiri grill on westwood blvd.

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      katkoupai RE: westsidegal Feb 28, 2007 09:36 AM

      Me too. :)

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        lesupersteph RE: westsidegal Mar 22, 2007 06:10 PM

        I have only been to the Samshiri in Glendale but I love it.

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          westsidegal RE: lesupersteph Mar 22, 2007 10:02 PM

          are they related?
          the shamshiri grill is in westwood.

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        Quesera RE: Tari Feb 26, 2007 04:32 PM

        Moishe's in the Farmer's Market on 3rd and Fairfax.

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          navystreet RE: Quesera May 12, 2007 11:01 PM

          I second Moishe's. They have great hummus. Also like Sunnin and Carnival.

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          Food Good RE: Tari Feb 26, 2007 04:36 PM

          I liked Zanku chicken, and Roro chicken on Sunset. Nice added olive oil on top.

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            LJY RE: Food Good May 14, 2007 02:26 PM

            One vote for Javan on Santa Monica in West LA!

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              boutmuet RE: Food Good Feb 8, 2011 10:38 PM

              The hummus at Zanku Chicken in Anaheim is quite good and they give you a lot of it with each order however they don't give enough pita bread. Two tiny pieces of bread.. come on.

            2. Das Ubergeek RE: Tari Feb 26, 2007 04:45 PM

              Skaf's Grill, 6008 Laurel Canyon (at Oxnard), North Hollywood.

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                bodie RE: Das Ubergeek Feb 26, 2007 05:45 PM

                amen to that!

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                rds246 RE: Tari Feb 26, 2007 05:14 PM

                I've never been myself, but my roommate swears by Shula And Esters. I'm not sure of the address, but its on Fairfax south of Melrose...

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                  debra RE: Tari Feb 26, 2007 05:25 PM

                  I really like the Hummus at the Pita Kitchen (cash only) on Van Nuys Blvd, 1/2 block south of Ventura Blvd. It's slightly different than most Hummus' I've had, thicker, richer --if that's possible, (it almost reminds me of the consistancy and luxuriousness of Peanut Butter, but not quite). You can also get the Hummos with super delish sauted, seasoned mushrooms on top which I highly recommend. Enjoy.

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                    RoxyGrl RE: Tari Feb 26, 2007 08:34 PM

                    I just licked the container on the roasted garlic hummus I got at the Pasadena Farmer's market. I think it was called Mom's? Soooo yummy

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                      liu RE: RoxyGrl Jun 20, 2007 10:15 PM

                      RoxyGrl - I, too, like Mom's products. They also make a halvah that is the best I know.

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                        RoxyGrl RE: liu Jul 13, 2007 06:31 PM

                        Hmmm, tomorrow is Saturday and it's Farmer's Market day. I may have to try that!

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                      oilydal RE: Tari Feb 26, 2007 10:18 PM


                      1. chica RE: Tari Feb 26, 2007 10:50 PM

                        I like the ones at TJ's. I usually buy the package with four kinds, which includes tomato and garlic.

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                          wilafur RE: chica Feb 27, 2007 10:33 AM

                          not a fan of the hummus at tj's because it is not creamy. imo, good hummus needs to be creamy.

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                            smonkey RE: wilafur Feb 28, 2007 03:53 PM

                            i like their creamy mediterranean style hummus - it has the oil and pine nuts on top. i'm not crazy about their regular hummus.

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                              wilafur RE: smonkey Mar 1, 2007 11:46 AM

                              the olive oil w/ pine nuts version is the only one that costco carries.

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                                Tari RE: wilafur Mar 1, 2007 05:28 PM

                                This past week I also saw the red pepper one at Costco.

                        2. hch_nguyen RE: Tari Feb 26, 2007 11:33 PM

                          I second TJ's. Their garlic hummus is the best of the 4 kinds IMO.

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                            will47 RE: hch_nguyen Feb 27, 2007 11:27 AM

                            Really? I think TJ's hummus is distinctly bad, both in terms of texture and taste. Of all of them, the "eggplant hummus" is the best, but still not amazing. I'd say avoid supermarket hummus unless you're really in a time crunch (if you are, the Cedars extra garlic hummus isn't too bad IMO).

                            I like Zankou's pretty well (though their Baba Ganouj (Mutabul) is better). Eat a Pita (Pasadena) - not too bad. Sunnin - I don't remember, but I think theirs is pretty good.

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                              The Oracle RE: will47 Feb 27, 2007 11:37 AM

                              will47 - we have very similar tastebuds when it comes to TJ hummus. I kept trying flavors and the eggplant and black olive were the only ones that I would possibly get again.

                              that said -- my favorite hummus is currently found at Cafe Santorini.

                              Pita Pita (Colorado/Lake) used to have pretty good hummus, although, the last few times I tried it, the flavor seemed a bit off.

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                                will47 RE: The Oracle Feb 27, 2007 12:53 PM

                                Oh - that's what I meant, not "Eat a Pita". I get the names mixed up all the time. Funny how hard it is to make good hummus - the recipe itself is fairly simple... but it takes some finesse and good quality ingredients (in the right proportions) to make really good hummus.

                                Oh yeah - Casbah Café (Sunset and Hyperion) has pretty good hummus too, though the portions are small. And I'm really addicted to the hummus served as an appetizer at Nyala (Ethiopian), even though it's a different style from what might most people were used to. It's got a kind of earthy taste with a hint of black pepper.

                                I'm not crazy about all the supermarket brands with weird stuff in them. Good hummus with olive oil, paprika, and olives on top is perfect as far as I'm concerned.

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                                hch_nguyen RE: will47 Feb 27, 2007 05:06 PM

                                hmmm....I didn't like Zankou's hummus for the taste and texture...haha...I don't like olive oil in my hummus, and, texture-wise, I like TJ's because it seems a little more substantial, less creamy if you will.

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                                  will47 RE: hch_nguyen Feb 28, 2007 10:04 AM

                                  Well I was talking about olive oil ON the hummus when it's served, not in it, though there's often some small amount of olive oil in the hummus too.

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                                  westsidegal RE: will47 Jun 16, 2007 12:27 PM

                                  gotta agree about tj's hummus.
                                  poor, poor, poor.

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                                  chow_rk RE: hch_nguyen Jan 14, 2008 08:01 PM

                                  I agree! TJ's beats Costco and Whole Foods versions hand down.
                                  My faves are Garlic and Spicy at TJ

                                  Also, hummus at Janet's Mediterranean Cusine (in Duarte) is not bad at all!

                                4. PurpleTeeth RE: Tari Feb 27, 2007 04:10 AM

                                  My Fav is from Elat Market in Beverly Hills . I think it is on Olympic?

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                                    westsidegal RE: PurpleTeeth Feb 27, 2007 09:06 AM

                                    elat is on pico near robertson

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                                      Kevin B RE: westsidegal Mar 1, 2007 09:34 AM

                                      I'll second Elat. Wonderful hummus that is a fraction of the price at Whole Foods (grainy and flavorless IMO) or Trader Joe's (dreadful). The bonus is all the other stuff in the Deli counter.

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                                        will47 RE: Kevin B Mar 1, 2007 10:57 AM

                                        I'm glad someone agrees (re: Whole Foods). Their hummus (the store brand / deli one) is some of the worst around IMO, at least the stuff I've tried from there.

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                                          Liquid Sky RE: will47 Mar 1, 2007 03:10 PM

                                          Agreed. Whole Foods' hummus tastes like nothing!

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                                          westsidegal RE: Kevin B Mar 1, 2007 03:13 PM

                                          i'll have to try elat's.
                                          must completely agree that whole foods and trader joe's are AWFUL.

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                                            Faulkner99 RE: Kevin B May 13, 2007 05:28 PM

                                            I think Elat carries the Sabra brand. Is that the one you guys are talking about?
                                            They also sell this at Costco.

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                                              wilafur RE: Faulkner99 May 14, 2007 07:11 PM

                                              the sabra stuff rocks....for a mass produced product.

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                                                collegedad35 RE: wilafur Aug 20, 2011 11:27 PM

                                                I used to love Sabra, until I look at the sodium content, too salty, 150mg in 28gr. I found Sadaf Hummus at a middle eastern grocery (think the name is Eltaybat) in Anaheim which has less sodium with the same quality or better.

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                                                PurpleTeeth RE: Faulkner99 Aug 1, 2007 01:30 PM

                                                No the one I am thinking of is from the Deli Section and I understood made there.

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                                            burratabelly RE: PurpleTeeth Feb 9, 2011 07:49 AM

                                            The hummos from Elat Market deli section is excellent!!!

                                            Elat Market
                                            8730 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                          3. Muhlyssa RE: Tari Feb 27, 2007 04:14 AM

                                            Odd recommendation from me, I love the one at Newsroom Cafe on Robertson. It's served with a bunch of grilled veggies and a delish flat bread.

                                            My favorite one from Trader Joes is the Meditarrian one. It's in a larger container than the others, topped with pine nuts, olive oil and herbs. Pairing that with their pita chips is my favorite new snack.

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                                              snoobie RE: Tari Feb 27, 2007 06:16 AM

                                              The variety of humus made by the company SABRA is wonderful.... I often find it at Kosher stores.

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                                                wilafur RE: snoobie Feb 27, 2007 10:35 AM

                                                they sell large containers of sabra hummus at costco. i have 2 sitting in my fridge at all times. =) imo, sabra has some of the best mass produced and prepackaged hummus out there.

                                                1. re: wilafur
                                                  mrchow511 RE: wilafur Feb 27, 2007 03:01 PM

                                                  Yes. Sabra is an excellent brand that can be found in many places including Costco.

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                                                  coreyander RE: snoobie May 12, 2007 06:47 PM

                                                  I vastly prefer 'fresh' hummus to that at the grocery store, but Sabra's roasted garlic hummus is by far the best pre-packaged hummus out there. They have an olive flavor, too, that I quite like.

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                                                  Diana RE: Tari Feb 27, 2007 06:18 AM

                                                  I like the hoummus from the italian /middle eastern Deli on Riverside in Sherman oaks.

                                                  I also like the varieties they serve at tempo and the Cedar Cafe.

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                                                    cuhri RE: Diana Jul 14, 2007 03:12 PM

                                                    I'll second the Italian Middle Eastern Market & Deli at Riverside & Fulton. The Haddad family makes everything fresh. Tabouli is killer too. If this family ever moves, I'm moving with them!

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                                                    glutton RE: Tari Feb 27, 2007 06:22 AM

                                                    I like the hummus at Gaby's on Venice Blvd in Culver City.

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                                                      highendhats RE: glutton May 12, 2007 04:40 PM

                                                      I agree re: Gaby's hummus. The location in Venice on Washington Blvd is good too. For the best packaged hummus, there is a vendor at the Larchmont Farmer's Market on Sundays that has the best packaged hummus I've ever had...can't remember the name though.

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                                                        bernardo RE: highendhats May 12, 2007 10:50 PM


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                                                        coreyander RE: glutton May 12, 2007 06:50 PM

                                                        Yay, I knew someone would mention Gaby's! They have consistently awesome hummus and baba gannoush, at least at the Culver City location where I have been (Venice Blvd btwn Motor and Overland).

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                                                        Tari RE: Tari Feb 27, 2007 06:46 AM

                                                        Yesterday I stopped off at Kings Kabob on Sawtelle and Sepulveda and got an order of hummus and pita bread. It was the first time trying it there. It was pretty good but I know that there is better out there. I liked the hummus here better than the hummus at Zankou.

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                                                          westsidegal RE: Tari Jun 16, 2007 12:29 PM

                                                          the food at kings kabob is really horrible--all of it.
                                                          if you liked the hummus there, you will LOVE the hummus almost anywhere else.

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                                                            omotosando RE: westsidegal Jun 16, 2007 12:42 PM

                                                            Re Kings Kabob - how can a restaurant be at Sepulveda and Sawtelle, since the two streets run parallel? I have never heard of this place. From what westsidelegal says, it sounds like another one of those horrible minimall Middle Eastern restaurants that litter the Westside.

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                                                              bulavinaka RE: omotosando Jun 20, 2007 11:07 PM

                                                              Sepulveda and Sawtelle meet in Culver City. The intersection is adjacent to the Toys "R" Us and Pier One stores...The only town where parallel streets could ever intersect would be Culver City...

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                                                                westsidegal RE: bulavinaka Jun 22, 2007 11:51 PM

                                                                on that subject, indo cafe at the intersection of national blvd. and national blvd

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                                                                  LuigiOrtega RE: bulavinaka Jul 13, 2007 04:00 PM

                                                                  For what it's worth Sunset BLvd intersects a bunch of streets it is also parallel to. Hollywood, Santa Monica, etc. My vote goes to Zanku

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                                                                  westsidegal RE: omotosando Jun 21, 2007 07:16 AM

                                                                  it's worse.

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                                                                    omotosando RE: westsidegal Jun 21, 2007 06:06 PM

                                                                    There is no way that King Kabob could be worse than Dunya's in the minimall at Olympic and Westwood. The most I would grant you is that it might be just as bad.

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                                                                      westsidegal RE: omotosando Jun 22, 2007 11:48 PM

                                                                      i never even thought about trying dunya's because when i'm in that area i gravitate to the gormeh sabzi served at shamshiri grill.
                                                                      from what you say, this is a good thing.
                                                                      still, it's hard to conceive of anything worse than king kabob falafal sandwich.

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                                                                        Das Ubergeek RE: westsidegal Jun 24, 2007 02:45 PM

                                                                        I didn't eat falafel for YEARS because the only place I'd had it from was King Kabob -- I thought I just didn't like falafel, turns out that King Kabob makes falafel balls that are good only for ballast.

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                                                                          westsidegal RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 14, 2007 09:51 AM

                                                                          you are being kind to them.

                                                            2. foodseeker RE: Tari Feb 27, 2007 07:20 AM

                                                              Sunnin on Westwood Blvd. has great hummus. I'm also real big on the Whole Foods hummus these days - although it is a different taste and consistency than other hummus out there. And, I also second the rec. for Shamshiri Grill on westwood. You can't go wrong with any of these!

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                                                                EREDSON RE: foodseeker Mar 1, 2007 02:34 PM

                                                                I agree, Sunnin's is pretty good. Hummus is all over the map these days, but I prefer Lebanese style.

                                                                Of course, the only way to really get great hummous is to make it yourself!

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                                                                tigercactus RE: Tari Feb 27, 2007 08:57 AM

                                                                I like the hummus at Sunnin and at carnival in sherman oaks. I like very smooth hummus and I thought these were the best ....

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                                                                  Emme RE: tigercactus Feb 27, 2007 07:57 PM

                                                                  Second the rec for Carnival... the hummus freaks in my family swear by it. Good take-out for parties too.

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                                                                    anothernotch RE: Emme Mar 7, 2007 06:35 PM

                                                                    Agreed, for my money it doesn't get any better that Carnival. Nice and creamy, with a splash of olive oil and parsley.

                                                                2. bernardo RE: Tari Feb 27, 2007 10:20 AM

                                                                  Surprise, surprise, the old hummus debate resurfaces. Enjoy another 44 posts at:


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                                                                    katkoupai RE: bernardo Mar 2, 2007 12:49 PM

                                                                    Very useful. Thanks for posting the link. :)

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                                                                    arkestra RE: Tari Feb 27, 2007 10:21 AM

                                                                    there's a relatively new israeli place in the valley (i believe less than 6 months old) that i highly recommend -- "The Hummus Bar." the menu is pretty limited -- about 6 different variations of hummus (fool, mesabacha, mushrooms, eggplant, etc.), shakshuka, israeli salad, soup, and a couple other items. there are no meat items. eveything i've had has been top notch. i've eaten at most places listed above. IMHO, the hummus at this place is in a different league. it's not quite like some of the famous places in israel (e.g., abu hassan aka ali karavan), but it's getting there. unfortunately, they don't have a website, but here are the basics:

                                                                    The Hummus Bar
                                                                    18743 Ventura Blvd
                                                                    Tarzana, CA 91356
                                                                    (818) 344-6606

                                                                    it's a little west of reseda blvd, in the same strip mall as kushi-yu.
                                                                    they're open every day (including saturday), but they close early on fri. (i believe about 4:00 p.m.)

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                                                                      Diana RE: arkestra Feb 27, 2007 10:33 AM

                                                                      hmmm, I wanna try it! Thanks!

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                                                                        maggielyn RE: arkestra Oct 10, 2007 12:56 PM

                                                                        I agree
                                                                        Specialized and small menu, but the hummus is delicious. I've tried the chickpea and the fava bean. Also a soupe du jour often good.

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                                                                        L.A.Hound RE: Tari Feb 27, 2007 02:28 PM

                                                                        Cafe Bravo in Glendale on Glenoaks Blvd. Very creamy and smooth.

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                                                                          Jwsel RE: Tari Feb 27, 2007 02:51 PM

                                                                          The hummus at Alcazar in Encino is good, especially the Hummus Alcazar with garlic and chili and topped with fava beans.

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                                                                            omotosando RE: Jwsel Aug 2, 2007 05:10 PM

                                                                            Finally made it to Alcazar for the first time and because I like spicy foods, ordered the hummus with chili. Although I like spicy foods, I found the chili flavor distracting. However, I could tell that beneath the chili, the hummus was very well made. Next time I'll go for the pure stuff. I wish Alcazar was closer to where I live.

                                                                          2. gadflier RE: Tari Feb 27, 2007 03:40 PM

                                                                            So long as we are prepared to declare that Zankou is not a "chain", which I believe would in fact be unfair, my answer is Zankou. By the way, it's sooo easy to make yourself if you have a food processor. I think I'll go buy one.

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                                                                              westsidegal RE: gadflier Feb 28, 2007 10:04 AM

                                                                              don't get the cheapie kind, i did and it doesn't work well.
                                                                              my oster blender does a better job, but still the smoothness is nowhere near the smoothness of the shamshiri grill hummus.

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                                                                                justagthing RE: gadflier Feb 28, 2007 09:43 PM

                                                                                There are several Zankou sites now, so I would presume that they would at least be considered a local chain, but then it would be a chain none the less.

                                                                              2. ozzygee RE: Tari Feb 27, 2007 04:08 PM

                                                                                The lebanese kitchen in Pasadena has a pretty decent one (it's the one thing they seem to do consistently well), and Zankou is good in a pinch, but wildly inconsistent depending on location.

                                                                                But I guess it depends on what type of hummus you prefer.

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                                                                                  Dav RE: Tari Feb 28, 2007 10:17 AM

                                                                                  If you're in the South Bay, try Hummus Factory in El Segundo at Grand and Standard. Very very good hummus in several variations. Note that they're closed weekends.


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                                                                                    Ernie RE: Tari Feb 28, 2007 10:20 AM

                                                                                    In SGV, I like the hummus at Mediterranean Cafe in Pasadena and Wahib's in Alhambra

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                                                                                      katkoupai RE: Ernie Feb 28, 2007 10:31 AM

                                                                                      Yum. I just read more about this place. I have to try it. :)

                                                                                      Mediterranean Cafe
                                                                                      (626) 793-8844
                                                                                      273 Shoppers Ln
                                                                                      Pasadena, CA 91101

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                                                                                        Ernie RE: katkoupai Feb 28, 2007 11:27 AM

                                                                                        It is very good and reasonable. They also have good chicken shawarma

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                                                                                          katkoupai RE: Ernie Mar 2, 2007 12:17 PM

                                                                                          It's definitely on my list of places to go. Thanks. :)

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                                                                                            katkoupai RE: Ernie Mar 6, 2007 03:56 PM

                                                                                            Ernie, I did finally try Mediterranean Cafe. It was delicious. Thank you for the rec. I had the veggie combo plate with the following selections: tabouleh, dolmeh, hummus and babaghanoush. All that, plus a bottle of Karoun's yogurt drink (and the two pitas that come with the meal) for about $9. It was so good, I ate the whole thing (I usually have left overs, but not this time). I only wish the pita was warm. One thing I appreciated was the parking-- there's a whole lot back there off of Del Mar at Lake. Made it more convenient for me to take my time and enjoy the meal (as opposed to 1 hour street parking in other areas of Pas).

                                                                                            Thanks for the information on this place. :)

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                                                                                              Ernie RE: katkoupai Mar 6, 2007 10:09 PM

                                                                                              I'm very glad you liked it and thank you for taking the time to report back :)

                                                                                      2. Drehound RE: Tari Feb 28, 2007 02:35 PM

                                                                                        I really love the hummus at Sunnin that is topped with strips of filet!!!

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                                                                                          bite bite RE: Tari Feb 28, 2007 02:45 PM

                                                                                          I like the hummus you can get at Whole Foods -- v basic but makes it easy to doctor it up at home (pesto or hot chili-flakes, cumin heated up in a little olive oil)

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                                                                                            quinntran RE: Tari Feb 28, 2007 03:03 PM

                                                                                            I like the hummus at Magnolia on Sunset

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                                                                                              vinosnob RE: Tari Feb 28, 2007 03:51 PM

                                                                                              What? No votes for Sunin (on Westwood)? That place rocks...

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                                                                                                will47 RE: vinosnob Feb 28, 2007 04:41 PM

                                                                                                There are several votes for it (Sunnin) above. Everyone else spelled it right, so maybe that's why you didn't see them.

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                                                                                                  vinosnob RE: will47 Feb 28, 2007 04:55 PM

                                                                                                  Tisk tisk, so shoot me!

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                                                                                                    Das Ubergeek RE: vinosnob Mar 1, 2007 07:03 AM

                                                                                                    That's "tsk tsk"... *duck*

                                                                                                    Sunnin's OK... but what's with the meat on the hummus? ICK.

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                                                                                                      Diana RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 1, 2007 09:26 AM

                                                                                                      ooh, I kinda like that..or pine nuts or sauteed mushrooms Never been to Sunnin, but have had it at other places.

                                                                                              2. bernardo RE: Tari Feb 28, 2007 06:33 PM

                                                                                                In LB, Open Sesame used to be good but too crowded a space, haven't been in a while though

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                                                                                                  justagthing RE: bernardo Feb 28, 2007 09:45 PM

                                                                                                  if you like the smooth style with olive oil, then go for it. I myself, like a bit more texture. Homemade is the best.

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                                                                                                    bulavinaka RE: justagthing May 13, 2007 06:55 PM

                                                                                                    I did a homemade version and added a little soy sauce - wow did it "kick it up a couple of knotches - BAM!" Umami adds a whole new dimension to whirled (chick)peas...

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                                                                                                      will47 RE: bulavinaka May 14, 2007 11:13 AM

                                                                                                      The stuff on top of Shamshiri's hummus and baba ganouj has an unusual savory flavor. I think it's just herbs and pine nuts w/ olive oil.

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                                                                                                        epop RE: bulavinaka May 14, 2007 05:44 PM

                                                                                                        only in america! no bubble gum flavoring too?

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                                                                                                          bulavinaka RE: epop May 14, 2007 08:48 PM

                                                                                                          I hope no one from Trader Joe's reads your post - they just might try to pull it off...

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                                                                                                            bernardo RE: epop May 14, 2007 10:02 PM

                                                                                                            when celebrity chefs cross the line it's "fusion cooking", when unheralded hounds do something unusual it's heresy, aye?

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                                                                                                              epop RE: bernardo Jun 16, 2007 12:17 PM

                                                                                                              that's funny.

                                                                                                              so much fusion is confusion.

                                                                                                              but it all depends upon the execution, the ingredients. sure, a hummus with roasted peppers is allowed but it better be fabulous. + none of the store bought ones are. i recommend having it homemade at a traditional kitchen and then people will understand.

                                                                                                    2. Local RE: Tari Feb 28, 2007 09:15 PM

                                                                                                      Been a while since I've been, but in the Valley - Van Nuys, the Hye Armenian Market near Burbank and Kester...Olive Fresh Garden market on Oxnard near Whitsett (No. Hollywood) had a deli section both with great hummous!

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                                                                                                        Das Ubergeek RE: Local Mar 1, 2007 07:04 AM

                                                                                                        Olive Marketplace also has fantastic babka bread in the back, on the shelf immediately next to the bakery display case.

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                                                                                                          Local RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 1, 2007 07:22 AM

                                                                                                          Olive Mkt. has so much good stuff...babaganouj,, olives, tourshi...i loved wandering the aisles but sadly no longer work out in that part of town...need to do more exploring of Armenian markets in Pasadena area for similar. I find the market at Washington/Allen (World Market? forget the name) is satisfactory, but not near the variety and the hummous has only been so-so. There's a produce mkt. on Washington...perhaps?

                                                                                                      2. arifa RE: Tari Mar 1, 2007 12:29 PM

                                                                                                        i love the one at nyala (ethiopian restaurant on fairfax). it's not lemony at all and has some other flavor in it... cumin maybe? i don't know, but i love it.

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                                                                                                          weebie RE: Tari Mar 1, 2007 01:36 PM

                                                                                                          Best Downtown hummus goes to Shawarma Kitchen... Semi smooth, creamy with olive oil. They also have a side dish of hummus topped w/ shawarma. A short review here: http://gridskipper.com/travel/food/sh...

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                                                                                                            ruddy RE: Tari Mar 1, 2007 02:34 PM

                                                                                                            Not sure if they're even still in business, but I used to swear by the hummus from Bezjian's market on Santa Monica Bl. Nice olive selection, too. And the good Armenian string cheese. Hmm, maybe I need to make a trek back to the old neighborhood.

                                                                                                            Just looked it up on Yahoo, they're evidently still there (but I thought it was further east near Barnsdall Park)...

                                                                                                            Bezjian's Grocery Incorporated
                                                                                                            (323) 663-1503
                                                                                                            4725 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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                                                                                                              bbirch RE: Tari Mar 2, 2007 08:53 AM

                                                                                                              Had a great edamame hummus from Whole Foods.
                                                                                                              Love most types. This felt a bit lighter, but with good GARLIC.


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                                                                                                                tannazie RE: Tari Mar 7, 2007 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                3 restaurants come to mind with the really creamy hummus i've had in israel:
                                                                                                                - sunnin
                                                                                                                - aroma cafe in encino
                                                                                                                - marouch

                                                                                                                a far far far cry from the trader joe's version. and to get that kind of texture at home, yeah, go with Sabra brand.

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                                                                                                                  alexfood RE: Tari Mar 7, 2007 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                  Skaf's & Sunnin are the best I've had. Zankou in Van Nuys is good, not great for me.

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                                                                                                                    limaboy RE: alexfood May 12, 2007 09:54 PM

                                                                                                                    one more vote for skaf's..they make hummus beautifully.
                                                                                                                    Carnival on woodman best for killer lentil soup...

                                                                                                                  2. a_and_w RE: Tari Mar 7, 2007 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                    Tried Sunnin's hummus the other day. It was tasty -- creamy with a nice balance of lemon and tahini. I personally prefer my hummus less tart but this was a good representative of that style.

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                                                                                                                      a_and_w RE: a_and_w May 14, 2007 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                      Have to add that I've since tried the hummus at Sham, which is excellent -- better imo than Sunnin.

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                                                                                                                        omotosando RE: a_and_w Jul 13, 2007 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                        Interesting. I finally made it to Sham. I didn't hate the hummus, but I didn't love it either. I found it to have too much tahini and not tart enough. I often crave hummus, but just didn't find the Sham hummus crave-worthy.

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                                                                                                                          a_and_w RE: omotosando Jul 14, 2007 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                          Thanks for reporting back! Yes, as I mentioned, I'm partial to less tangy versions of hummus. The olive oil and warm chickpeas on top are a nice touch, imo. I'm not sure I'd describe it as crave worthy, either, but I do prefer it to Sunin's. Truthfully, I'm still looking for a place in LA that has hummus I find "crave worthy."

                                                                                                                          Have you tried Sham's moutabal, which is like baba ghanoush at some places? I would definitely describe that as crave worthy.

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                                                                                                                      HIDOC RE: Tari Mar 22, 2007 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                      Soumarelo has the best Hummus also they have Pepermus .it's the best
                                                                                                                      give it atry

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                                                                                                                        tkerio RE: Tari May 12, 2007 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                        The Hummus Factory in El Segundo... 304 E Grand in El Segundo... Hummus to die for.. clean and awesome food especially the falafel and the grape leaves!!! Must try!! :)

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                                                                                                                          pstark RE: Tari May 12, 2007 04:36 PM


                                                                                                                          1. Epicure RE: Tari May 13, 2007 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                            While most people probably associate Magic Carpet on Pico with that fabulous melawach, I think the hummus there is about the smoothest and silkiest I have had in L.A. (though I have not tried every place mentioned in this thread and will clearly need to do so!). I tend to find most of the supermarket concoctions, such as the deservedly criticized Whole Foods version, too rough and chunky and surprisingly flavorless.

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                                                                                                                              glutton RE: Epicure Aug 30, 2009 05:08 AM

                                                                                                                              Didn't Magic Carpet go out of business? So sad...

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                                                                                                                              thebaron RE: Tari May 13, 2007 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                              In central OC we like the hummus (and other stuff) at Avo's (across from the Performing Arts Center)

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                                                                                                                                JSny RE: thebaron May 14, 2007 08:52 PM

                                                                                                                                Believe it or not, Doug Arango's on Melrose in WEHO has a Mediteranean Plate for Lunch that has grilled Chicken Breast, Tzaziki Sauce, Olives, Rstd Peppers, Tabouli and a really great Hummus. They serve it with a fresh baked to order piping hot pita that is out of this world. It is lunch only however, as I have never seen it on the dinner menu

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                                                                                                                                Fineshmecker RE: Tari Jun 16, 2007 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                There is new place in the Valley with absolutely the best Hummus in the Southland.

                                                                                                                                Its called the Hummus Bar, at 18743 Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana
                                                                                                                                This is a no nonsense hummus joint. The menu is vegetarian.
                                                                                                                                Its quite upscale as these types of restaurants go.
                                                                                                                                The best thing to get is Hummus Mesabacha or Hummus with Foul
                                                                                                                                Its hard to say why, but the hummus is much better than in any other place i tried

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                                                                                                                                  fergusmccool RE: Tari Jun 16, 2007 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                  The hummus at Le Petit Greek on Larchmont is very good. But do yourself a favor and also get the torama, which is waaaaaaaay better than any hummus I ever had.

                                                                                                                                  1. adevejian RE: Tari Jun 16, 2007 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                    I prefer the Lebanese style with more of a kick, as I grew up with my mom's (born and raised in Beirut) hummous. In my humble opinion:

                                                                                                                                    - Sunnin
                                                                                                                                    - Mandaloun
                                                                                                                                    - Marouch
                                                                                                                                    - Lebanese Kitchen (hit or miss)

                                                                                                                                    - Mediterrenean Cafe
                                                                                                                                    - Carousel
                                                                                                                                    - Zankou Pasadena (hit or miss)
                                                                                                                                    - Sahara
                                                                                                                                    - Blue Pyramid

                                                                                                                                    - Whole Foods
                                                                                                                                    - Trader Joe's
                                                                                                                                    - Pita Pita
                                                                                                                                    - Soumarelo


                                                                                                                                    Haven't Tried Yet
                                                                                                                                    - Moishe's
                                                                                                                                    - Elena's Greek Armenian Cuisine
                                                                                                                                    - Papa Cristos C & K Importing
                                                                                                                                    - Shamshiri Grill
                                                                                                                                    - Pistachio Grill
                                                                                                                                    - Hummus Bar
                                                                                                                                    - Magic Carpet
                                                                                                                                    - Sofi Greek Restaurant & Garden
                                                                                                                                    - Golden Fish
                                                                                                                                    - Spitz
                                                                                                                                    - Falafel-Arax
                                                                                                                                    - Good Times Pita Kitchen
                                                                                                                                    - Bezjian's Grocery
                                                                                                                                    - Westwood Burgers & Falafel
                                                                                                                                    - Skaf's Grill
                                                                                                                                    - Wahib's
                                                                                                                                    - Cafe Bravo
                                                                                                                                    - Javan
                                                                                                                                    - Shula & Esters
                                                                                                                                    - Shish Kabab & Falafel (Pasadena)
                                                                                                                                    - Doug Arango's
                                                                                                                                    - Sabra (brand)
                                                                                                                                    - Hummus Factory
                                                                                                                                    - Elat Market
                                                                                                                                    - Avo's
                                                                                                                                    - Alcazar
                                                                                                                                    - Kings Kabob
                                                                                                                                    - Haifa's
                                                                                                                                    - Cafe Dahab
                                                                                                                                    - The Great Greek!
                                                                                                                                    - Shawarma Kitchen
                                                                                                                                    - Gaby's
                                                                                                                                    - Olive Marketplace
                                                                                                                                    - Casbah Café

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                                                                                                                                      omotosando RE: adevejian Jun 16, 2007 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                      Wow, that was comprehensive. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                      P.S. I like Sunnin and Gaby's for hummus, although I don't like the food at either place. I like the food at Moishe's and the hummus is okay, but I don't think as good as the hummus at Sunnin and Gaby's. I seem to remember that Cafe Dahab was okay, but not memorable. I thought the hummus at Shamshiri was gritty and flavorless. The stuff at Zankou in West L.A. doesn't even taste like hummus to me. I agree that Whole Foods is bad. Never tasted a packaged hummus that I liked.

                                                                                                                                      Haven't tried most of the other places, but would love to make a hummus tour of L.A.

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                                                                                                                                        adevejian RE: omotosando Jun 16, 2007 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                        Yeah, the only things I order at Sunnin are Hummous (2 larges), Tabouleh, & Fried Cauliflower. The rest is just ok. I'm curious about Gaby's now, thanks. And I'm planning on making a hummous tour myself, haha.

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                                                                                                                                          omotosando RE: adevejian Jun 16, 2007 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                          Now I will have to try the fried cauliflower at Sunnin. The cabbage salad is pretty good - I just don't like the cooked food.

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                                                                                                                                            bernardo RE: adevejian Jun 16, 2007 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                            Far from gourmet y'know, but Gaby'sr probably works for us because we don't expect much from a tent on a busy corner with traffic whizzing by, yet the appetizers and especially the hummus are much better than expected, and service pretty friendly if not efficient. Anyway, savor the funky ambience and graze some tasty appetizers. Life is good at Venice & Motor..

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                                                                                                                                              omotosando RE: adevejian Jun 23, 2007 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                              I went to Gaby's today. Food awful as usual (overcharred, tough, poorly spiced lamb kabob). Hummus pretty good as usual, although I still think I would give the edge to Sunnin's hummus.

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                                                                                                                                                bernardo RE: omotosando Jun 25, 2007 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                Agreed, best to stick to the appetizers.

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                                                                                                                                                  adevejian RE: omotosando Nov 11, 2007 11:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Finally tried Gaby's and I'm sad to say (as I now live close by) that it was pretty underwhelming.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: adevejian
                                                                                                                                                    bernardo RE: adevejian Nov 12, 2007 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Maybe it's the lack of competition for that sort of chow in CoCC but I agree they've been going downhill of late. When packaged stuff (Mom's products) at Certified Farmers around town beats the pants off of supposed fresh at sit downs, well then, 'nuff said.

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                                                                                                                                                      Tari RE: adevejian Jan 14, 2008 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I agree. I was not impressed with Gaby's hummus.

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                                                                                                                                                Jwsel RE: adevejian Jun 20, 2007 11:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                If you like Lebanese Hummous with a kick, get thee to Alcazar for the Hummous Alcazar with garlic, parsley and chili pepper (and it has fava beans in the center).

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                                                                                                                                                  adevejian RE: adevejian Jul 13, 2007 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                  My parents were in town visiting recently and wanted to grab some lunch. Unfortunately we were pressed for time otherwise i'd have opted for Sunnin but we ended up going to Zankou (Pasadena) because they are fans of their chicken and the beef shawarma.

                                                                                                                                                  I had some hummous and found it to be incredibly bland.. I even tried augmenting the dip by placing the lemon juice of my tabouleh and the garlic sauce included with the chicken into it.. but.. to no avail. I'd now move it from the 'Ok' section of my list to the 'Worst'

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                                                                                                                                                    omotosando RE: adevejian Jul 13, 2007 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Yes, the hummus at Zankou is awful. It may look like hummus, but it does not taste like hummus.

                                                                                                                                                2. omotosando RE: Tari Jun 20, 2007 10:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                  As a public service announcement, I am posting to never buy the "Meza Artisan" brand of hummus available in the supermarket.

                                                                                                                                                  I never buy supermarket hummus, but I was at Ralph's and saw this brand, which I had never seen before, and got snookered by the "Artisan" on the label. Three hours after having some of this hummus, it is still repeating on me, with a very vile chemical aftertaste.

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                                                                                                                                                    epop RE: omotosando Jun 21, 2007 01:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                    never say never. or but. jk.

                                                                                                                                                    but stick to homemade or a couple of the best places in LA, like alcazar or carousel

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                                                                                                                                                    Kaisgraham RE: Tari Jun 21, 2007 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I live in the Irvine area and love the hummus at Caspian (a Persian restaurant) at the 5 fwy and Culver. It melts in your mouth with their homemade bread.

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                                                                                                                                                      bernardo RE: Kaisgraham Jun 21, 2007 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I wish I knew more about regional Persian cuisine, why some Persian restaurants don't even offer hummus and why the breads are so different at each. I adore Sangak, for example, but it's hard to find in restaurants,so what gives?

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                                                                                                                                                        epop RE: bernardo Jun 22, 2007 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                        hummus isn't persian. it is as persian as pizza is thai.

                                                                                                                                                        sangak is a persian bread, one of the classics. some have it sometimes. some don't like it b/c it is whole wheat, i think. not every french restaurant serves boiillabaise

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                                                                                                                                                      teach RE: Tari Jun 22, 2007 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                      The Tribe 40 Spice hummus that you can buy at Gelson's is damn good for store-bought hummus.

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                                                                                                                                                        omotosando RE: teach Jun 23, 2007 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I've tried this hummus since Gelson's is where I do most of my shopping, and the only thing that I will say about it is that it is not as awful as the "Meza Artisan" brand of hummus proffered at Ralph's.

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                                                                                                                                                        Sandra W RE: Tari Jun 22, 2007 10:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Believe it or not, I picked up some hummus to go at Clementine in Century City and it was fantastic!

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                                                                                                                                                          omotosando RE: Sandra W Jun 23, 2007 08:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I've tried the hummus at Clementine and didn't like it at all.

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                                                                                                                                                          tango90291 RE: Tari Jun 23, 2007 09:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I love the humous at Tempo Bar and Grill in Encino, in the Valley. Awesome Mediterranean food all around.

                                                                                                                                                          NOT the new Gaby's Express on Washington and Lincoln in Venice, tastes like watery paste.

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                                                                                                                                                            voodoochild RE: tango90291 Jun 25, 2007 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I couldn't bring myself to read this whole thread, but the best hummus I've had recently I bought at the grocery store. It was called "sabra" I believe, and I tried the pine nut version (they also have a version that's called "greek" which I have not yet tried).

                                                                                                                                                            It was very good, nice consistency and proper flavor. And as far as tastes go, I agree with those comments I skimmed above about TJs hummus--one of the few places they have failed.

                                                                                                                                                            Give sabra a chance, especially considering it's pretty cheap and you can have it at home and eat it at your leisure.

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                                                                                                                                                              Diana RE: voodoochild Jun 25, 2007 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                              You should have probably read the whole thread. Sabra is well represented already!

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                                                                                                                                                                bernardo RE: Diana Jun 26, 2007 08:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Historically the principal rag on Sabra products on this site has not been flavor or consistency, but that they contain preservatives (Mon Dieu!). For those obsessed with all natural but looking for packaged convenience, I've suggested as alternatives Mom's products, available in Certified Farmers Markets throughout the Southland. Most hounds who've tried Mom's agree that they rock, especially their artichoke hummus.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Diana RE: bernardo Oct 10, 2007 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Oooh! I LOVE Mom's!!! I love her Magic Sauce!!!

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                                                                                                                                                            girlflorida RE: Tari Jun 26, 2007 10:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                            i am going with Habayit on Pico in West La

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                                                                                                                                                              omotosando RE: girlflorida Jun 26, 2007 11:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Interesting how opinions diverge. I find the hummus at Habayit nothing special.

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                                                                                                                                                                2ndAvenue RE: omotosando Jul 13, 2007 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I think the chumus at the Hummus Bar - specifically the chumus ful (with fava beans) - is the best I've had in America, period. Tastes like Israel.

                                                                                                                                                                On the Westside, I think Haifa (Pico by Robertson) has the best. Their chumus ful is good too.

                                                                                                                                                                Any of the Israeli imported chumuses (Sabra, Miki) beat the pants off the stuff you buy in a regular supermarket. Every Persian/Israeli/Kosher market on Pico or on Fairfax has them.

                                                                                                                                                                And ditto on Habayit - like the food, but their chumus is just ok.

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                                                                                                                                                                  a_and_w RE: 2ndAvenue Jul 14, 2007 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you for these tips -- I love Israeli hummus too! I will say, though, that I actually like Habayit's hummus. Nothing revelatory, but more sweet than tart, which I prefer.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Diana RE: 2ndAvenue Oct 10, 2007 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Problem with Hummus bar is that they close Sundown Firday and aren't open at all Saturday!

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                                                                                                                                                                Saminto RE: Tari Oct 10, 2007 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I believe Fountain of Health Hummus in Kroger is the best Hummus. The traditionnal one and the roasted garlic are incredibly tasty. But unfortunately I couldn't find this brand in NYC. Anyone knows where in NYC I can find it?


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                                                                                                                                                                  dancers13 RE: Saminto Dec 18, 2010 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I totally agree! Love the "Fountain of Health" red pepper hummus, their traditional variety, and their BABA GHANOUJ (smoky and delicious, yum!) Even love their unique oval container. Easily obtained at Ralph's, but check the expiration date. They seem to get boatloads at once - and often they put them on sale for $1.99/container. I've tried all the store varieties, and this is by FAR, the most consistently tasty! I always freak out if the store runs low...had to endure some periods when I had to wait weeks for the next batch to arrive!

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                                                                                                                                                                  Michelle RE: Tari Oct 10, 2007 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  We love the hummus at the Mediterranean Garden Grill restaurant on Foothill Blvd. in Monrovia.

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                                                                                                                                                                    whycook RE: Tari Nov 6, 2007 07:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    BRAVO at 1135 w. Glenoaks in Glendale has worth a detour hummus - not too oily and smooth - this place is no frills (and the prices reflect that) who needs ambiance with such moist and perfectly seasoned (chicken) kabobs.

                                                                                                                                                                    MAROUCH on 4905 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood has Hommas and Fool Maddamas (seasoned fava beans) - that never fails!

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                                                                                                                                                                      Fru RE: whycook Apr 15, 2008 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Went to Lebanese Kitchen on Washington in Pasadena for lunch today. I have to say that of all the hummus I have tasted (straight) this is by far the best. It is buttery and smooth. I had their baba ganouch, which I prefer over hummus, It was pretty good all though it wasn't quite smoky enough for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                      zcmosz RE: Tari Jul 23, 2008 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      whole foods carrys one called Cedars, man this stuff is good I love it

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                                                                                                                                                                        reflection RE: Tari Aug 30, 2009 01:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        i also love the hummus at wahib's in alhambra. very creamy. their food is quite good. best lentil soup i've ever had.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. a_and_w RE: Tari Aug 30, 2009 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          At this point, Alcazar Express in Westwood is my pick for best hummus on the Westside.

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                                                                                                                                                                            ZoeZ RE: a_and_w Aug 30, 2009 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Mme Zoe, who has a serious hummus addiction, approved of the hummus at Alcazar while I was chomping on the lamb's tongues - really delicious. They have a great menu, charming and quite atmospheric room, warm service and attrocious parking.

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                                                                                                                                                                            TragicSandwich RE: Tari Sep 9, 2009 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I recently tried California Mediterranean Grill by Amer's Falafel, on Ventura Blvd. in Encino. The food was generally good, but I thought the hummus was amazing: very creamy and smooth. I even got some to go at the end of my meal. Has anyone else tried this place, and how would you rate it?


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                                                                                                                                                                              PomsMoms RE: Tari Sep 20, 2010 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I know it's an old post, but I have to include a vote for Al Hamra Halal Cafe in Redondo Beach. Super creamy, not tart (more tahini?), good garlicky flavor, and just overall wonderful. It's pretty much been the only thing I've enjoyed eating post-wisdom tooth surgery, and still not sick of it going on day 5. :D

                                                                                                                                                                              Al Hamra Halal Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                              2515 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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                                                                                                                                                                                robbie 11 RE: Tari Feb 5, 2011 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                went there it was gritty

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Servorg RE: robbie 11 Feb 5, 2011 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Where is there?

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Ollie RE: Tari Aug 22, 2011 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Babafoods.com Found them @ Temecula farmers market. They also sell their products @ Costco. But as you know, Costco will limit your choices. Best bet is to buy directly from baba foods.

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