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Best Hummus in MA?

sabra18 Jan 28, 2008 06:54 AM

After returning from the middle east where they have the best, home made hummus I am trying to find something that compares. I haven't found great hummus in Boston but am hopeful it's out there somewhere. Any recommendations?

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    treb Jan 28, 2008 06:58 AM

    There's a small restaurant in Methuen called Shadis, excellent hummus, taboulee, and on week-ends raw kibbee. They also have entrees like, kafta skewers, lamb, swharma etc.

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      Pegmeister Jan 28, 2008 08:08 AM

      While, not a restaurant, but rather a small gourmet wine, cheese etc shop, Gypsy Kitchen in Quincy Center sells some excellent home made hummus.

      1. hiddenboston Jan 28, 2008 09:02 AM

        I had some outstanding hummus yesterday at the Sahara Restaurant on Route 9 in Worcester. As far as hummus around Boston, I really like the version at Sultan's Kitchen in Boston.

        1. cassis Jan 28, 2008 09:53 AM

          The Armenian stores on Mt Auburn St in Watertown all sell their own "in house" hummus, as well as all the breads, pickles, olives etc that are eaten with it.

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          1. re: cassis
            Science Chick Jan 28, 2008 11:38 AM

            Yes, the hummus at Sevan is to die for, as well as their other prepared foods.

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              teezeetoo Jan 28, 2008 12:56 PM

              agree - sevan is wonderfully fresh, arak and massis also good

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                dianalily Mar 12, 2008 03:35 PM

                Chiming in to add that I think Savan has delectable hummus, as well as other food. Not too expensive, either!

              2. re: Science Chick
                musicrx65 May 6, 2009 11:09 PM

                Where is Sevan?

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                  GretchenS May 7, 2009 08:16 AM

                  599 Mount Auburn St, Watertown

              3. re: cassis
                smtucker Jan 28, 2008 11:53 AM

                If we are onto the markets, I have to say I really like the hummus at Massis, also on Mt. Auburn Street in Watertown. Has a gentle, but noticeable lemon flavor that I enjoy.

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                redsox23 Jan 28, 2008 12:40 PM

                In Boston, Sultan's Kitchen, Reef Cafe (Allston), and Shawarma King (Coolidge Corner).

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                  teezeetoo Jan 28, 2008 12:56 PM

                  the freshest is in the Mt. Auburn street armenian stores: Sevan is my favorite, but Arak and Massis are very good.

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                    BJK Jan 28, 2008 01:21 PM

                    Right around the corner from the Mt. Auburn street Armenian stores, and conveniently located right next to Shangri La, the Eastern Lamejun Bakery makes terrific hummus, tabbouleh, kibbeh, and a whole bunch of other yummy stuff.


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                      mwbbos Mar 11, 2008 05:30 PM

                      Yes, this is a great place! Every time I go by there, I pick up a whole bunch of healthy snack food. The Metch is amazing. The hummus is lemony and not too thick.

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                        Science Chick Mar 12, 2008 07:00 AM

                        I think you mean "etch"...but I can never find a recipe for this anywhere, so I wonder if it is called something else entirely, or spelled so completely differently.....At any rate, it is AWESOME and I could eat a big bowl of it at one sitting!

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                          galleygirl Apr 17, 2008 07:13 AM

                          Metch or Eech...
                          Here ya go...

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                            Taralli Apr 17, 2008 07:24 AM

                            Make variations of this a lot, being so close to the markets & bakeries of Coolidge Sq. Lately, in the morning, bulgur soaked in chicken stock, fresh grated ginger, nuked, a good squeeze of lemon, & I have a nice, savory breakfast.

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                              Science Chick Apr 17, 2008 08:02 AM

                              galleygirl.....YOU ROCK!! I can't wait to make this myself.......

                              Thanks so much!

                        2. re: BJK
                          sfumato Apr 17, 2008 06:37 AM

                          I second this- we like Eastern Lamejune's hummus best. It tastes most like what we ate when we lived in Egypt!

                          You can also get good tahina/tahini there if you want to try making your own.

                      2. re: redsox23
                        yumyum Feb 1, 2008 07:09 AM

                        Is Shawarma King the place that makes the hummus with ground lamb that tatamagouche used to love? Does anyone remember? That stuff is the bomb.

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                          Aromatherapy Feb 1, 2008 07:15 AM


                      3. franksnbeans Jan 29, 2008 09:00 AM

                        Sevan, as folks have mentioned. But also Rousso's market in Watertown/Waltham has excellent hummus.

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                          fbf242 Jan 29, 2008 09:36 AM

                          seconded. I don't know how "authentic" their roasted-red-pepper hummus is, but it is very tasty, which nice chunks of roasted red pepper.

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                          njoy Jan 30, 2008 07:27 AM

                          Second on Shadi's - a good source North of Boston. Check out Phoenicia - 240 Cambridge St in Boston. It's Lebanese - they have great baba ganoush too.

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                            catsmeow Jan 30, 2008 08:25 AM

                            It's been about a year since I've had it, but the house made hummus they serve with the bread basket at Siros at Marina Bay is wonderful. I asked if it was possible to purchase it in a container "to go" and they sold me about a pint of it. They put it in a :"doggie bag" type container that you'd take a leftover meal home in. Fresh lemony flavor.

                            1. musteat Jan 30, 2008 10:27 AM

                              I don't know if you're interested in making it, but I have a great recipe and will share on recipes board if you want. Need a food processor and it takes less than 10 minutes.

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                                rouxmaker Feb 1, 2008 07:03 AM

                                Believe it or not, Marty's Liquors in Newton has great hummus. I haven't been to the one in Brookline.

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                                  whops Mar 11, 2008 06:48 PM

                                  The Persian restaurant Jasmine on Mt Auburn Street in Watertown has a curiously delicate (and somehow compelling) hummus which can be ordered as a take out.

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                                    bza Mar 11, 2008 06:54 PM

                                    amen. I love me some sevan hummus, but Jasmine's hummus is oh so silky. I wonder if it has butter in it? seems like it would be blasphemy, but I can't figure out how else they get it that rich and smooth.

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                                      hiddenboston Mar 12, 2008 08:03 AM

                                      Why have I not heard of this place? I'm on Mt. Auburn Street nearly every week, especially in that area. Have they been there awhile?

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                                        bza Mar 12, 2008 08:08 AM

                                        As long as I've lived in the area (given, that's only two years). It's not a store, it's a restaurant. I wish it was a bit cheaper, the entrees are in the 12-20 dollar range, but it is delicious. If everything was 4 dollars less, I think I would eat there once a week.

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                                          hiddenboston Mar 12, 2008 08:14 AM

                                          Wow, this sounds like my kind of place. I may try to hit it this week. Thanks for mentioning it!

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                                            beetlebug Mar 12, 2008 08:19 AM

                                            There entrees are delicious. Part of it is that the rice is delicious, especially the ones that have berries and stuff in them. The meat on top is pretty great too. I've never had the sandwiches.

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                                              Infomaniac Mar 12, 2008 08:37 AM

                                              I had the shish kebab rollup sandwich here recently for lunch and it was excellent. Asked and they cooked the lamb med. rare which is how I like it. Rice and hummus I agree are both excellent. Very friendly staff too.

                                  2. litchick Mar 12, 2008 07:52 AM

                                    Oleana has a lovely hot buttered hummus. In terms of the best widely available commercial hummus, Sabra brand plain hummus is the closest to what I loved in Israel -- lots of tahini. It's available at Whole Foods, among other places.

                                    1. sfumato May 27, 2008 05:14 PM

                                      If I remember correctly someone on CH was asking about Israeli hummus... and I noticed that Food and Wine recently had an article that included a recipe. I like how they are looking for a very specific texture and flavour here.

                                      Perhaps this will satisfy those willing to make their own? Enjoy!


                                      1. almansa May 27, 2008 06:12 PM

                                        ok, I'll bite. What constitutes a good hummus? I make various tasty hummi (imagined plural my own) but you might dislike them all. Back in the day the secret was to use two cans, yes cans, of chick peas, and drain one, reserving the liquid from the other. That was the trick to proper consistency. Do you want lemon? cumin? strong sesame? garlic madness? smokiness? what?

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                                          treb May 28, 2008 04:41 AM

                                          Have to agree, today with all the different flavors, it's a personal choice. I like the old traditional type and the one thing I look, aside from taste, for is smoothness.

                                        2. mtm7654 May 28, 2008 09:33 AM

                                          Just noticed the date of the original post..............today on Boston.com there's an article about a local couple who make their own hummus and sell it at Formaggio Kitchen-both locations.

                                          1. LovesFoieGras May 28, 2008 10:23 AM

                                            Try one of the many Middle Eastern stores in Watertown/Belmont. We get all our stuff at Eastern Lamejun....

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                                              SeaSide Tomato May 28, 2008 11:29 AM

                                              I love the hummus form Eastern Lamejun!!! Their stuffed eggplants are out of this world too. I say that in the interest of CHing vs. my own (strong) interest in having a reliably available supply!

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                                              MasalaWala May 29, 2008 12:17 PM

                                              I am surprised that no one has mentioned Cafe Barada on Mass Ave in North Cambridge. I love the hummus here. It is creamy, lemony, and rich. I believe the owner is Lebanese so it might reflect that regional style as I am not familiar with all the differences. All I know is that I really enjoy this hummus and crave it often!

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                                                janettes Jan 13, 2009 09:37 PM

                                                Well you have certainly got lot's of suggestions! I'm curious what it is that you like about the middle east hummos. I make my own hummos and will soon be selling it a the market my husband and I are opening on Market Street in Lowell. People say I make the best hummos. My original recipe came from a combination of 3 recipies and along the way I've made it more of my own. I prefer it (and it seems others do as well) very lemony but not too thin and not always super smooth. Please let me know what to you is distinct about the middle east hummos.



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                                                1. re: janettes
                                                  Alica Jan 14, 2009 03:36 AM

                                                  Do you think there is a great difference between using canned chickpeas and cooking your own chickpeas? I tried cooking my own and I did not notice a big difference.

                                                2. StriperGuy Jan 14, 2009 05:19 AM

                                                  So much fuss about hummus. More garlic, or less, one brand of tahini or another. Add a little cumin, or perhaps some smokey chile powder. Lot's of lemon and good olive oil a must.

                                                  Takes 30 seconds to make if you have a food processor. Not much difference between canned and cooked chick peas in my experience.

                                                  Fresh homemade is best, but I also don't taste much difference between the various hummuses (there's a good plural) sold in Watertown stores as opposed to supermarket brands.

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                                                    mcupcake Jan 14, 2009 08:17 AM

                                                    If you're ever out in Worcester, you need to stop by Ed Hyder's Market. They specialize in Middle Eastern specialties and they make incredibly good hummus and have a wonderfully thin and fresh pita to go along with it. They also have killer lamb kebabs. I usually find lamb very rich and can only eat a few bites, but I devour their kebabs. Ed Hyder's also has wine, all sorts of loose spices and grains, and lots of imported specialties from around the world, in addition to their prepared foods. It's a very old-fashioned store -- a little dumpy, but that's half the fun.

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                                                      bostonbelle Jan 14, 2009 09:56 AM

                                                      warm buttered hummus at Sofra = warm buttered bliss

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                                                        Alica Jan 14, 2009 01:49 PM

                                                        When you say warm buttered, does it actually have butter in it? What else might be in it?

                                                        1. re: Alica
                                                          bostonbelle Jan 15, 2009 12:04 PM

                                                          It does. A coworker made a lunch run, and mine also came with a protein (beef, if I remember correctly) that was also quite good.

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                                                          sfumato Feb 20, 2009 08:25 PM

                                                          You can also get it at Oleana, of course!

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                                                          griller88 Jan 20, 2009 07:20 PM

                                                          So I would HIGHLY recommend hummus from Breadwinners at Fresh Start bakery (935 Main St Walpole). George makes authentic fresh, no preservatives hummus daily. It can be puchased at the bakery and for sure at Barry's Village Deli in Newton and when it re-opens in the spring Volante Farm in Needham. Don't know where else carries it, but if you call the bakery and ask for George, he will find a way to get it to you.

                                                          1. musicrx65 May 6, 2009 11:13 PM

                                                            Have you tried making it yourself? Here's 'Sittu's' recipe: In a blender- put 3 cloves garlic, 3-4T tahini (sesame butter), 1/2 cup Real Lemon juice, salt/pepper, 1/2 t cumin, 1 Cup warm water, 1 can drained cooked chick peas (garbonzo). Blend- eat with pita. (put less water if you like it thicker. garnish with a little chopped parsley

                                                            1. MC Slim JB May 7, 2009 05:57 AM

                                                              Hummus isn't just hummus, at least according to my Israeli buddies, who years later still rave about some Tel Aviv hole-in-the-wall that was famous for it. They were skeptics until they sought it out, and were stunned at how good it was: there can be an extraordinary difference.

                                                              That said, they looked pretty favorably on the hummus at Jerusalem Pita in Coolidge Corner, specifically the house special asli, a big bowl topped with oil, paprika, and tender whole chickpeas, served with excellent puffy Israeli pita. No hummus connoisseur, I liked it a lot, too.


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                                                                SaraASR May 7, 2009 06:51 AM

                                                                I've been a little skeptical of thie Jerusalem Pita place, but I think it's about time I give it a shot.

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                                                                1red111 Nov 18, 2009 09:02 AM

                                                                153 Lafayette Rd
                                                                Hampton Falls, NH 03844-2325
                                                                (603) 929-5092

                                                                OK, it's not in MA, but it's closer to Boston than much of MA. I eat at Martha's often and love her homemade pita chips and hummus.

                                                                Actually, everything there is homemade as far as I know.

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                                                                  aadesmd Nov 23, 2009 12:10 PM

                                                                  Martha's is my go to place for hummus, and my mother swears that this is the only place that she has been to in 50 years that replicates the food she ate in Alexandria. All is homemade, by Martha. So much better than Sofra, at 1/3 the price.

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                                                                  drewinmrblhd Nov 18, 2009 12:57 PM

                                                                  Gulu Gulu in Salem has the best hummus I have ever had!

                                                                  1. nsenada Nov 18, 2009 01:42 PM

                                                                    I like the Farm Grill and the Middle East's hummus. Nowhere that I've tried makes it the way I had it as a kid, and continue to make it, and that is, with freshly toasted sesame seed purée (essentially, homemade tahini). Gives it a real depth of flavor.

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                                                                      golferdave Nov 18, 2009 01:42 PM

                                                                      Eastern Lamejeun is tops.

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                                                                        CookieLee Nov 18, 2009 05:16 PM

                                                                        We were turned onto "Sabra go Mediterranean" by our son. I've had hummus from many places, and have made my own. This stuff is wonderful. They make many versions. Our favorite is "Supremely Spicy", followed by hummus w. roasted pine nuts.
                                                                        The only other hummus I've had that beats it is from a little deli in Evanston, IL.

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