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Where's the best hummus in the city?

zoona Sep 9, 2009 04:22 AM

Whether in a deli or restaurant, where's the best hummus?

My money is on Harlem Foods in Bridgeview. Its homemade by a lovely Palestinian woman named Khaltu Hana (Aunt Hana). The most popular hummus amongst southside Arabs.

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    ferret RE: zoona Sep 9, 2009 07:04 AM

    Hummus is possibly one of the easiest things to prepare at home and even the "best" take-out or restaurant hummus can be topped by a simple homemade preparation. Having said that my favorite presentation of hummus is Taboun's dish with sauteed mushrooms in the center. Great blend of flavors.

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      lbs RE: zoona Sep 9, 2009 08:27 AM

      My favorites are from the Middle Eastern Bakery on Foster and Clark. Affordable and incredibly addicting. I know you can make hummus at home, but I don't because this is so close.

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        Chargenda RE: lbs Sep 9, 2009 09:00 AM

        I love the hummus across the street from the Middle Eastern Bakery at Taste of Lebanon. Everything there is great. Get the wonderful crispy fries and dip them in the hummus. Tradition? No. Delicious? Yes! Who knows, they might even get it from the bakery across the street.

        I do agree that making hummus at home is super easy, too.

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          lbs RE: Chargenda Sep 9, 2009 09:34 AM

          Fries plus hummus = must try! I love the chicken shwarma sandwich from TOL too.

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            storefronteats RE: Chargenda Sep 9, 2009 04:59 PM

            Agreed! Taste of Lebanon has great hummus. I used to live around the corner. I never cared much for Middle Easter Bakery's hummus (my homemade is better) but I enjoyed Taste of Lebanon's at least once a week.

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              lulubelle RE: Chargenda Sep 11, 2009 04:57 AM

              The soup at TOL is to die for. When I lived around the corner, I had it at least once a week for dinner.

          2. Bob Vivant RE: zoona Sep 10, 2009 07:10 AM

            I swear by Semiramis on Kedzie (just south of Wilson).

            And stop by one of the nearby middle eastern bakeries for fresh pita bread. If you time it right, the pitas will still be warm - ah, heaven!

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              Querencia RE: zoona Sep 10, 2009 05:57 PM

              Oasis Cafe, at the rear of Jewelers' Mall on Wabash behind Macy's, has the smoothest, butteriest hummos I have ever tasted. I bring home a large takeout order and add more garlic to it.

              1. Alan N RE: zoona Sep 12, 2009 03:53 PM

                Sultan's on North Ave. Really good Lentil soup too.
                Pita Inn in Skokie, Wheeling and one other location in the northwest burbs for great hummus and Baba G. Get the lentil soup there too, it is very tasty.

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                  missdia RE: zoona Sep 13, 2009 12:18 PM

                  Homemade is easy and delicious, but for take-out I love the Pita Inn in Skokie.

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