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Best Hummus in the Burbs'?

suburbanite889 May 11, 2013 11:28 AM

Do tell, what is your favorite restaurant hummus, and store bought?

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    elmom RE: suburbanite889 May 13, 2013 06:25 AM

    Hummus restaurant (!) in ardmore --they also have a sister restaurant at 40th and walnut, west Phila. smooooth and creamy with homemade pita

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      percyn RE: suburbanite889 May 13, 2013 05:07 PM

      Try Aroma restaurant in the Valley Forge area.

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        givemecarbs RE: suburbanite889 May 14, 2013 12:45 AM

        Oasis in Lansdale is very good.

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          Bacchus101 RE: givemecarbs May 15, 2013 07:58 AM

          A family run business with excellent Middle East specialities. Eat in small dining rooms or take out. We also enjoy the tabouli, spanakopita and kabobs. Good food , reasonable prices, friendly service with no fluff.

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            givemecarbs RE: Bacchus101 May 16, 2013 08:31 PM

            John and I tried to grab a falafel sandwich there today but we were pressed for time and forgot that they only take cash. Maybe tomorrow.

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            Unkle Al RE: givemecarbs May 15, 2013 08:02 AM

            Yes, I agree that Oasis has a terrific Hummus and its' tabbouli is great too not to mention the best stuffed grape leaves (best I've had) and the eggplant salad (also the best I've had).

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              DirtyJerzey RE: suburbanite889 May 14, 2013 03:13 AM

              Store bought I think Sabra has the best hummus available. I might get flamed for that because it might not be fancy or hard to find but flavor wise I think they do a very good job.

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                jzerocsk RE: suburbanite889 May 15, 2013 08:46 AM

                Store bought I usually go with Freshapeel. They are local-ish and have some unusual flavors.

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                  cwdonald RE: jzerocsk May 15, 2013 10:28 AM

                  What flavors do you get? I saw some flavors in the store the other day that made me think that it wasn't even hummus anymore... guac flavored hummus to me seems strange..

                  And FYI (not that it matters... ) Sabra is owned by Frito Lay.

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                    jzerocsk RE: cwdonald May 15, 2013 12:20 PM

                    I love the buffalo and the kale lemon and the jalapeno lime

                    The sweet flavors (chocolate,pumpkin) are strange, but good if you can find an application (apples work).

                    The guac is ok but I'd rather have just guac :-)

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                  Hungryin theBurbs RE: suburbanite889 May 15, 2013 01:07 PM

                  For very local, excellent hummus, I recommend Helen's Pure Foods. They are based in Cheltenham and sell in a lot of area stores. There are a few flavors, mostly pretty traditional (hummus-tahini, garlic, roasted pepper, etc.)

                  I've tried Freshapeel and generally find it odd. The basic hummus is ok, but I think Helen's is much better.

                  Bobbi's Hummus is a larger company, but I believe it also has local roots, and is excellent.

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                    Bigley9 RE: Hungryin theBurbs May 17, 2013 10:31 AM

                    I'll 2nd both Bobbi's and Helen's.

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                      suburbanite889 RE: Hungryin theBurbs May 26, 2013 06:06 PM

                      I agree that fresh-a-peel hummus has an off taste, plus they have some weird ingredients added, whereas I think hummus should just be chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon… no oil necessary. I tried Helens Garlic and am not the biggest fan, still looking for the best store bought to keep my cravings in check when I can't get to Arpeggios

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                        Bigley9 RE: suburbanite889 May 28, 2013 10:58 AM

                        Zahav sells their hummus through Green Ailse Grocery on East Passyunk (not the burbs, I know) They go to a lot of farmers markets - maybe they'd bring you some if you asked!

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                          suburbanite889 RE: Bigley9 May 28, 2013 05:47 PM

                          I was recently down that way and I actually picked up a container… Love it, but it's super rich, and its got cumin in it… And for daily hummus'ing I prefer plain and simple

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                      lillotis RE: suburbanite889 May 16, 2013 07:12 AM

                      Aldar Bistro in Merion makes the best Hummus ever. They also do catering trays- I order the hummus, baba, taboulleh tray whenever I have a party to go to.

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                        cwdonald RE: lillotis May 16, 2013 07:40 AM

                        What makes it the best?

                      2. FrancisdeR RE: suburbanite889 May 17, 2013 05:01 AM

                        Cedars in Frazer is surprisingly good for such an assuming place. Hummus, stuffed grape leaves, baba ganoush, etc. home made. What a difference that makes.

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                          percyn RE: FrancisdeR May 18, 2013 02:07 PM

                          Second Cedar's.

                        2. crazyspice RE: suburbanite889 May 17, 2013 01:09 PM

                          Although I haven't had it in a while, I always liked the hummus at Arpeggio's in Springhouse. Their baba ganoush was pretty good too. Can't say I really liked their tabbouleh. I don't buy hummus. It's so easy to put everything in the food processor.

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                            suburbanite889 RE: crazyspice May 19, 2013 03:10 PM

                            Love me some arpeggios hummus, I compare all hummus' to it! I actually like their tabbouleh, not heavy on the bulgur, instead lotsa parsley, and their baba is equally delicious… Just wish they weren't so $$$$ for what you get

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