Hummus is usually a simple blend of chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, and salt and pepper. That doesn’t have to be the case. These interesting iterations put new spins on the old favorite. Here are 10 restaurants serving hummus that will flip your dip.
Trademark, New York, New York
Purple beets are subbed in for the usual chickpeas to create a savory-sweet spread. It’s paired with feta yogurt and tahini. Triangles of grilled housemade naan are on hand to scoop it all up. Make a reservation at Trademark.
Doughbird, Phoenix, Arizona
This super smooth and silky hummus gets its creamy consistency from an extended grind time. It’s lavished with za’atar, halved cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs galore – parsley, dill, and oregano. Freshly baked hearth bread made with the restaurant’s pizza dough arrives on the side. Make a reservation at Doughbird.
The Rooftop by JG, Beverly Hills, California
Who needs chickpeas? This (s)unconventional hummus is built with sunflower seeds, which are finely blended with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, water, and salt. Dig into it using the crudités on the side. Make a reservation at The Rooftop by JG.
Ousia, New York, New York
Get your Greek on. This Medi-minded hummus is forged with edamame and pistachios, which are blended with olive oil, oregano, and garlic. A scattering of the green nuts on top adds a pleasant crunch. Make a reservation at Ousia.
Ema, Chicago, Illinois
This ain’t ho-hum hummus. It’s made with toasted almonds and garlic and then graced with a verdant array of fresh herbs and chopped Castelvetrano olives. Told you it was a cut above! Make a reservation at Ema.
Our Fathers, Allston, Massachusetts
Spring is in the air – and on this hummus. It comes spangled with glazed peas and fava beans, mint, toasted hazelnuts, feta, and sumac. Dig into it using homemade pita or Markouk bread, and Israeli pickles. Make a reservation at Our Fathers.
Westlight, Brooklyn, New York
Just beet(root) it. The purple dip is complemented by a patch of herbed labneh. Shovel up both using the charred pita triangles on the side. Make a reservation at Westlight.
Rye Street Tavern, Baltimore, Maryland
This hummus is gourd-geous. That’s because the marigold-hued spread is made with butternut squash. Plus, it’s topped with toasted pumpkin seeds. Make a reservation at Rye Street Tavern.
FIGS, Jackson, Wyoming
This is the destination for hummus connoisseurs. There are nine types available, including those embellished with ginger, kafta (lamb), and chicken shawarma. Whatever your choice, a puffy pillow of pita is included. Make a reservation at FIGS.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Anjali Pinto (Ema); Andrew Kist (Trademark).