500BestSquareHummus @ Lebanon’s Cafe

Hummus is a spreadable, dippable puree of chickpeas, sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon, and a few seasonings. It is the universal appetizer and/or side dish in every Lebanese restaurant throughout the world. I have only occasionally encountered a hummus I didn’t like. But this one stands out for its texture and its ample use of lemon juice–the ingredient that pulls the slightly bitter flavors of the beans and tahine (sesame seeds ground into a pasta). It’s exceptionally good with roasted chunks of lamb leg.

Lebanon’s Cafe. Riverbend: 1500 S Carrollton Ave. 504-862-6200.

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