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The Most Wondrous Hummus in Los Angeles

echoparkdirt Aug 15, 2012 12:07 PM

I've been pretty unhappy with the hummus at my two go-to MidEast places on the West Side -- Zankou in SM and Kabab Grill at Venice/Motor

The hummus at Sunnin was great -- smooth, creamy, lovely.

But I just stopped at Hummus Bar and Grill in Tarzana. I think I found a winner. Large portions of amazing hummus with different toppings -- mushrooms, pine-nuts, I had the ground beef and it was sinfully good.

The hummus comes with a pizza-sized thin pita that is perfect to keep the emphasis on the hummus.

Amazing.

  1. echoparkdirt Sep 2, 2012 09:01 PM

    I have a new contender, which may be better than Hummus Bar and Grill.
    The Hummus at Taeem Grill on Melrose east of Fairfax is astonishing. I went there on the word of an Israeli car mechanic, who said it was the best in LA, and it might well be.
    The hummus here is rich and garlicky, with multiple layers of oils and parsley on top. amazing. The Lafa is not nearly as food as at Hummus Bat. if we could only combine....

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      Eliorr Dec 3, 2012 09:51 AM

      I agree on both counts, Taeem better humus but pita/lafa better at HB&G. I haven't been to Sabra, is that the same as the Sabra hummus sold in all the supermarkets?

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        mrfood16 Dec 3, 2012 06:24 PM

        No. Sabra hummus sold in stores is the largest Mediterranean salad company in the world. The restaurant is independent and makes its own hummus.

    2. echoparkdirt Aug 18, 2012 03:05 PM

      Great news -- Hummus Bar and Grill opening up in Santa Monica in a couple months. Sets up a new Israel-Lebanon war as Sabra from South Bay opening up there as well

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        Bradbury Aug 18, 2012 04:43 PM

        Wasn't there a Hummus Bar & Grill a few years back on Sawtelle & Olympic (kitty-corner from the Olympic Collection)? Or it another similar name I'm thinking of? All I remember is that I had a really great hummus with mushrooms there about 5 years ago, and it's now long gone...

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          echoparkdirt Sep 1, 2012 04:39 PM

          News here http://midtownlunch.com/los-angeles/2...

          1. re: echoparkdirt
            echoparkdirt Dec 2, 2012 09:21 PM

            Update: Hummus Express in Santa Monica is open. It's getting some negative reviews in some corners of the Internet. If any hound could check it out I would be appreciative!

            Also, unfortunately, Sabra in Redondo has put their Santa Monica move on hold due to rent increase.

            1. re: echoparkdirt
              Dommy Dec 2, 2012 09:50 PM

              Is Sabra any good? I go by the El Segundo location all the time and have wondered...

              --Dommy!

              1. re: Dommy
                echoparkdirt Dec 3, 2012 12:58 AM

                The Hermosa Beach location is absolutely wonderful. Never been to the El Segundo one.

                1. re: echoparkdirt
                  Dommy Dec 3, 2012 08:14 PM

                  Will take a risk with the El Segundo one because it's closer and can't be half as awful as the Hummus factory...

                  --Dommy!

                  1. re: Dommy
                    echoparkdirt Dec 3, 2012 10:13 PM

                    I don't go there for the hummus, but it's fine. Everything else is great.

        2. junglekitte Aug 16, 2012 09:40 PM

          +1 LOVE Hummus Bar and Grill and their awesome fresh bread. Doesn't get any better than that! :)

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            Clyde Aug 16, 2012 12:06 PM

            Is this the same hummus that the sprouts guy carries at the hollywood farmers market on sundays? If so, it's awesome.

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              Jwsel Aug 15, 2012 09:46 PM

              I like Hummus Bar's, but prefer Alcazar's -- especially the Hummus Alcazar with chile, garlic, and topped with fava beans

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              1. re: Jwsel
                Servorg Aug 16, 2012 06:32 AM

                The hummus (or hummos - as they spell it) Al-Cazar does sound really good. The website quotes it at $8.50).

                http://www.al-cazar.com/

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                LAgirl2 Aug 15, 2012 06:41 PM

                i really like hummus b&g----everything i've tried there has been very good: kabobs, salads, hummus, laffa. staff is very friendly. it's quieter to sit outside if there are tables available.

                1. love2eat Aug 15, 2012 06:33 PM

                  They sell their hummus at Whole Foods in Pasadena on Arroyo. It is the best store-bought hummus I have had. I'm not sure if they sell Hummus Bar and Grill products at any other local Whole Foods. Also on offer are their Babaganoush and one other item that I can't think of right now.

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                    Dommy Sep 1, 2012 01:10 PM

                    Thanks so much for the heads up about their hummus at whole foods! I was able to find it at the Venice one and we have been buying it weekly ever since! Although we still like Sabra better, the hummus factory's version has much less fat and is just as creamy. But for that reason it tastes slightly overworked, but when spread with Whole Foods own housemade Roast Beef Cold Cuts (Yes people!!!), it makes such a delicious spread!

                    --Dommy!

                  2. liu Aug 15, 2012 06:17 PM

                    There's a lot of happy chaos going on at Hummus Bar in Tarzana. Some may open the door and be put off by the noise level. However, we have always had very attentive and friendly service there...even excellent service! Once inside, they show that they really care about their customers. Also, it is one of the few places that anticipates your needs...mostly, you don't have to ask because they bring the extra napkins and the extra plates and silverware.

                    AND, the food is delicious!

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                      vegetablelasagna Aug 15, 2012 03:41 PM

                      That place is awesome!

                      (Killer food, saucy waitresses...)

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                        bulavinaka Aug 15, 2012 03:28 PM

                        Hummus B&G does have excellent hummus. If you like mushrooms, have them top your hummus with those next time - umami-zilla. Their salads are great as well, particularly with their fresh baked laffa (pizza pita-thingy).

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                          Thor123 Aug 15, 2012 01:50 PM

                          Panini Cafe also has very good hummus and similar pita.

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