Snack Review: Tribe Roasted Garlic Hummus

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Score: 7/10

The first time I had hummus I was late into adulthood. It was good, but really I just like the taste of garlic, be it garlic aioli or garlic hummus. The benefit of hummus is that unlike aioli (which is kind of like mayo), the chick pea base of hummus makes chugging down large amounts of it a lot more palatable.

I’ve had other flavors of hummus from the Tribe brand, but the garlic one really is the best by far. It’s basically the same old hummus, except that it’s topped with oil and small pieces of garlic. Mix it together and you get an excuse to get an extraordinary dose of garlic in your diet. Personally, I don’t love split peas, but the consistency of mashed split peas provide the perfect vehicle to eat garlic without just downing a clove of garlic directly.

Overall, this is a solid dip or spread. I think you normally eat it with crackers, pretzels, or most commonly pita bread. Personally, I just spread on some toast. The price is also somewhat reasonable as it costs about three dollars in my local grocery store.

Restaurant Review: Hummus Kitchen

Details: Located at 768 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019. Official site is

Hummus Kitchen is a Mediterranean restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen.

Their lunch special includes hummus with any laffa. Laffa is basically a wrap or sandwich. I got the kebab laffa. It was all pretty good. The hummus was covered in chickpeas and olive oil and came with pita. The kebab laffa had some sauce and some vegetables. Altogether, it cost about fourteen dollars after taxes.

Overall, this place was fine. A little pricey for work lunch, but pretty good.

Score: 6/10

Restaurant Review: Gazala’s

Details: Located at 709 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019. I couldn’t find an official site, but here’s the yelp page:

Gazala’s is a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurant near Times Square. They’ve got hummus, babaganoush, kebabs, etc.

It’s a small space of about twenty seats. There is only one waitress. They don’t have their liquor license, but you can bring your own alcohol and there is a surprisingly convenient liquor store across the street I think.

We ordered the appetizer platter for about $30. It came with four kinds of dips that came from their cold appetizer section. Think tahini, hummus, something else I can’t recall and some kind of tangy cheese dip. It also came with a few of their hot appetizers. These were fried items that had four pieces per item. The platter serves four and I do not recommend you get it if you have more than four people.

I also ordered the Moshakal platter for about $20. It’s a plate of grilled lamb, chicken, and kofta, with a small salad and rice. It was really good, especially the lamb.

Overall, a good place to get this type of food.

Score: 6.5/10