500BestSquareRoast Lamb Leg With Hummus @ Mona’s Cafe

Although hummus is thought of as a dip or spread, it is also commonly used in Middle Eastern restaurants as a sauce, usually on roast lamb served in large cubes. Mona’s is one of the best makers of hummus around New Orleans. They make an interesting variation on this with ground lamb and beef mixed together, made into patties and grilled. The sauce for this is sort of hummus without the chickpeas–just the sesame-seed paste called tahini, with some oil and lemon juice. (In some restaurants, that sauce is called taratour.) Even during the advent of upscale Middle Eastern restaurants, this version is impressive.

Mona’s Cafe. Marigny: 504 Frenchmen. 504-949-4115.

||Mid-City: 3901 Banks. 504-482-7743. || This is among the 500 best dishes in New Orleans area restaurants. Click here for a list of the other 499.

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