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Happy with my Hummus

The simplicity of hummus can be so satisfying. And a great hummus appetizer with warm soft pita bread has filled my belly and deterred a big dinner on many occasions. That’s because good hummus is just so hard to resist. You want to keep dipping that pita into the creamy, smooth, flavorful mixture!

It’s a straightforward dish to be savored and shared when done right. Just a basic combination of chickpeas, tahini, olive oil and lemon juice – you wouldn’t think there would be  much room for error. But the disparity between average restaurant hummus and an immaculate compilation of those simple ingredients can be breath-taking. The “fall to your knees, begging for the recipe” kind can turn a doldrum day into a sun-shiney, my-life-is-wonderful event. As you can tell, I’m a very happy camper when I get some GOOD hummus.

So here’s my list. These are my favorite spots for an exceptional hummus experience.

  • Habashi House – hands down the most heavenly hummus around! Generously topped with olive oil, you’ll find a nice amount of garlic throughout the fluid mixture. The amount of flavor in one bite is nearly criminal!

    combo plate at Habashi House (their baba ganoush is phenomenal too)

  • Yia Yia’s Eurobistro – light but packed full of perfectly balanced seasoning, and a great price for an upscale dining appetizer (I love this place!)
  • Jerusalem Cafe – just darn good, a KC go-to
  • The Cashew – never been there without ordering their hummus, savory and smooth
  • Little Egypt – rich and creamy, lightly spiced
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  1. In my opinion, you can’t get any better than Olive Cafe for hummus, or anything really. This place is, hands down, the best Middle Eastern food that I’ve had in all of KC. If you haven’t tried it, you are missing out.

    January 22, 2012

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