We constantly travel across the country tasting some of the best hummus in the US. Below is our list of restaurants that offer some of the best hummus we’ve ever eaten stateside.
Zahav | Philadelphia, PA
- For good reason, Zahav has evangelists stomping the country’s grounds praising both the menu and Michael Solomonov’s creative culinary mind and his well-curated team. In case that doesn’t have you convinced, you have to figure the food offered there is absolutely incredible when both the chef AND the restaurant won the coveted James Beard Awards for Outstanding Chef (2017) and Outstanding Restaurant (2019) respectively. Let’s talk about the hummus served there. It’s insanely creamy, fluffy, flavorful, and full of tahini — basically everything you could possibly want in hummus! Make the renown Zahav hummus recipe at home (found in the ZAHAV cookbook or in the New York Times). We believe it will become your favorite homemade hummus, ever. However, nothing compares to having it prepared at the restaurant. Order the standard hummus, or switch it up and try the Turkish Buttered Hummus; it’s divine. Book a reservation now because the wait is real. Make a reservation at midnight three months before you want to go or show up at the restaurant around 4:30pm and wait in line for doors to open. It’s first come, first serve at the bar.
Dizengoff | Philadelphia, PA
- Since it’s not the easiest to get a seat at Zahav, we’re grateful we can opt for Dizengoff’s hummus. It’s also fluffy and has a delicious well-rounded flavor. The toppings are king. We love their fried chicken skin — believe us, it’s a must try. In addition to the hummus, the tehina chicken salad is superb. Besides these tasty eats, you’ll love how convenient it is to get your hands on their food (for those who live in or around Philadelphia)! Although only located in Philly at the moment, you can pick up some of their hummus at their flagship store in Center City and within the Whole Foods Market in Center City! Never pass on dreamy, creamy, tahini… filled hummus with their dynamite toppings.
Safta | Denver, CO
- Safta, Alon Shaya’s latest restaurant, exploits some of the best hummus techniques. From his Israeli-Bulgarian-Romanian background to exploring an array of different cuisines during his lifetime including that of the American South and Italy, you can taste how he weaves these cultural mixes into his cooking. Safta showcases his skills primarily in Israeli and Northern African cooking. Order an incredible salatim, but experience the real showstopper: Alon’s hummus. He gets highly creative with his lamb ragu and crab hummus, although you can surely taste quality even in his simple tahini hummus. The pita is unforgettable, too.
Sababa | Washington, DC
- Hummus doesn’t have to be a dip; at Sababa, it’s a meal. Order their traditional hummus tahina, or get their rotating daily hummus special, which is always innovative and delicious. As you close your eyes and taste their hummus, you’re transported to a hummus shop on the streets of Tel Aviv. Chef Ryan Moore, who spent a week shadowing Michael Solomonov at Zahav, has learned the tricks of the trade: the best hummus is tahini-heavy. It’s thick, yet fluffy and super creamy, and the perfect complement to their freshly baked pita.
Tusk | Portland, OR
- If you’re ever in the Portland, Oregon area on a quest for hummus, visit Tusk. Portland’s optimal, fresh produce is highlighted throughout the menu; you really can’t go wrong with any selection. Some of our favorite things there include the snow pea dish and the fava bean appetizer, which are some of the most simple yet flavorful and wonderfully complex dishes we’ve ever tried. More importantly, their hummus is silky smooth. It is prepared perfectly every single time. If you’re a fan of bold toppings, this is the place for you.
Aviv | Portland, OR
- Aviv is an Israeli first, vegan second, type of restaurant. To elaborate: people come here for amazing Israeli food and just so happen to realize it’s vegan! The kitchen works tirelessly to put out fresh, innovative food. Their halva ice cream is amazing. But of course, let’s discuss their hummus. Put simply, their hummus is the star on the menu. Its popularity is reinforced by their expansion into retail with their hummus brand “Gonzo”! They offer three different hummus flavors that can be purchased throughout Portland. Click here to learn more.
Galit | Chicago, IL
- We haven’t been out to try Zach Engel’s restaurant since its grand opening, but we cannot explain how excited we are to finally head out there and try it! Zach, who’s a James Beard Award-winning chef, worked under both Michael Solomonov and Alon Shaya, and has Middle Eastern roots has locked in many culinary (and hummus) skills that we can only dream of obtaining. We’ve been lucky enough to experience the hummus he made back when he was Executive Chef at Shaya in New Orleans and it was everything we could’ve dreamed of and more. Most of the Galit’s menu is vegetarian, with many vegan-friendly options, and we’re sure his hummus impresses all diners.