I'm looking for opinions on the best tasting hummus (of any sort or style) in the area.
My personal favorites are likely the hummus at Subuddy and the hummus w/chicken at Pita Jungle (although this defies the rules as it's based on more than the hummus alone). Looking for some other strong options, as well.
I recently got take-out from the new Nile Cafe on Roosevelt (just west of 7th St) and while waiting for my falafel sandwiches the guy brought out samples of all their hummus flavors to try (not sure I can remember them all -- regular, cilantro jalapeno, sun-dried tomato, roasted red pepper, and artichoke...I think).
In the long run I was pretty indifferent to the falafel but the hummus was pretty tasty; I liked the plain best. And I thought the free samples was a very pleasant touch.
I'm not a big fan of tahini so I like my hummus to be light on tahini so that may be something to keep in mind.
I think the Trader Joe's organic version is very good.
Don't know whether your title excludes the 'burbs, but I love the hummus (and everything else!) at Phoenicia Grill. There is a location on Ray & Gilbert in Gilbert and near campus in Tempe (it's just east of Mill Avenue, I want to say around 6th St.) I've never eaten at the one in Tempe, but the one in Gilbert is my go-to for Mediterranean food. Their hummus is great - finished with a dollop of olive oil and an olive on top!
Phoenicia Cafe II
1150 S Gilbert Rd Ste 104, Gilbert, AZ 85296
Thanks, keep it up.
If there are any other particularly great store-bought options, that might be good to know, too.
I recently tried AJ's thai peanut butter hummus which is nice. Very unique flavor. Their jalepeno/cilantro is also quite good, especially for those who like a lot of acidity in their hummus. Tons of cilantro which, for me, can never be a bad thing. Can't recall who makes either, or if they're unique to AJ's.
I found the hummus at the Persian Room to be so creamy, I was suspicious of what they may have put in it. The fact that the pita comes fresh out of the oven might help, too.
The hummus at Dooby's is entirely different - chunky and heterogeneous.
I think Pita Jungle's is okay, but, that place is so low fat. I think they need to splash some oil around.
1250 E Apache Blvd Ste 113, Tempe, AZ 85281
6949 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Dooby's Grill Cafe
2909 S Dobson Rd # 2, Mesa, AZ
Spices Mediterranean Kitchen
4040 W Ray Rd Ste 12, Chandler, AZ 85226
17040 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
4026 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Have you tried Aladdin's (near corner of Via Linda & 90th St)? Small family owned place where they make everything from scratch. Only down side is that they're not speedy (best to call ahead with order) and they close pretty early at 8pm. The owner is from Lebannon and the food (including hummus) is pretty darn authentic and tasty.
Our hummus preferences seem to run contrary to most of the folks here, so take them with a grain of salt. Shish Kebab House, which should be in their new location in the NW corner of Olive and 51st Ave, is our long-standing go-to choice for hummus. Recently Mr. Greek opened on Indian School at 40th Street and their hummus is as-good-as or a really close second to Shish.
We also recently tried the store brand hummus at our local Fresh & Easy and found it to be outstanding, especially when eaten with their garlic naan.