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Greatest Hummus-PHX/Scottsdale

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crsin May 29, 2008 08:19 PM

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.

Thoughts?

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    p_dubs RE: crsin May 29, 2008 08:34 PM

    It's a little bit off Phoenix/Scottsdale, but Arizona Golf Resort have great hummus. The owners of the resort are from Israel and they told me the Hummus at the Resort is close to what they serve at home.

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      ziggylu RE: crsin May 29, 2008 09:26 PM

      Not in Scottsdale but Spices in Chandler at Ray/McClintock has fantastic hummus. On par with Sabuddy we think(though much closer to our house!)

      1. Firenza00 RE: crsin May 29, 2008 09:44 PM

        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.

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          silverbear RE: Firenza00 May 29, 2008 10:08 PM

          New location? Did SKH move diagonally across the street?

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            Ready2Eat RE: Firenza00 May 30, 2008 12:09 AM

            I second the Shish Kabob House. Their hummus is good--tell them to keep the warm pita bread coming!

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            foodie_21 RE: crsin May 29, 2008 09:46 PM

            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.

            1. johnseberg RE: crsin May 29, 2008 10:07 PM

              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.

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              Pita Jungle
              1250 E Apache Blvd Ste 113, Tempe, AZ 85281

              Sabuddy
              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

              Persian Room
              17040 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

              Zs Greek
              4026 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

              1. ipsedixit RE: crsin May 29, 2008 10:27 PM

                Middle Eastern Bakery and Deli on 16th, just north of Thomas.

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                Middle Eastern Bakery & Deli
                3052 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

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                  crsin RE: crsin May 30, 2008 12:28 AM

                  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.

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                    azhotdish RE: crsin May 30, 2008 10:23 AM

                    I would recommend the thai hummus @ Four Peaks since it sounds like you like unique flavors.
                    http://www.fourpeaks.com/menu2.asp

                    I agree with the posters above that Mr. Greek and Middle Eastern Deli's versions are also good.

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                      dustchick RE: azhotdish May 30, 2008 12:19 PM

                      The hummus at Four Peaks is great. Pita Jungle is my favorite for a more traditional hummus.

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                        ajs228 RE: azhotdish May 30, 2008 04:11 PM

                        Yes, very good. It's got quite a bit of spice too, which is really nice, and it's a big serving.

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                      mdepsmom RE: crsin May 30, 2008 11:33 AM

                      I love TJ's hummus. Costco also sells one that is pretty good, although the container is so big that most of it goes bad before I can eat it all.

                      1. winedubar RE: crsin May 30, 2008 11:35 AM

                        im a fan of doctor hummus, who sells at the downtown phx market. you can also find his hummus at aj's, at least the one on central and c'back has it. his pita chips are fiendishly addictive as well

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                          KitchenMaid RE: winedubar May 30, 2008 12:04 PM

                          I second the hummus at the downtown market. The different flavors that they have are delicious, but sometimes the sellers are a little too pushy and in your face.

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                            Alice Letseat RE: winedubar May 31, 2008 05:29 PM

                            dr. hummus nis also available at Whole Foods.

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                            asu2usc RE: crsin May 30, 2008 04:08 PM

                            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!

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                            Phoenicia Cafe II
                            1150 S Gilbert Rd Ste 104, Gilbert, AZ 85296

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                              Bax RE: crsin May 31, 2008 09:14 AM

                              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.

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                                aztami RE: Bax May 31, 2008 09:18 AM

                                I tried the hummus @ Fresh and Easy (mentioned by Firenaz00), I thought it was great and a great value, also I got lucky and it was marked down to 49 cents!!

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                                  Firenza00 RE: aztami May 31, 2008 10:50 AM

                                  I make frequent runs to F&E to see what's marked down per their aggressive freshness date policy, but have yet to score any discounted hummus. Even at it's $1.99 regular price, it's a steal relative to what it costs in a restaurant. :) Glad you liked it.

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