If you’re like me, you show up to parties with a bottle of wine in one hand and a container of hummus in the other. When you ask a co-worker, “What are you getting for lunch?” and they reply with, “Veggies and hummus,” they are not actually trying to make you feel bad about your diet. They are just encouraging you to think about flavor and health, right?

Restaurants near the Twin Cities have managed to create their own take on the high-fiber snack, which includes a mixture of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), tahini and olive oil. These are some of the best places to get hummus (in no particular order).

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2409 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
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This 100 percent organic vegan raw restaurant has mastered the craft of merging flavor with healthy eating. Who knew organic and raw could taste so good? Hummus can be found in meals ranging from appetizers to entrees.

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Holy Land Grocery and Deli

2513 Central Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
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The countless articles raving about this place and their hummus assured me I wouldn’t leave disappointed. Its Hummus Bil-Tahini appetizer is amazing. You can also stop by the grocery and bring some home.

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Falafel King

701 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408
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The man who mastered the craft of the falafel has also become the king of hummus. Its locations in Uptown and Downtown are conveniently located for those of you on the go and are in need of a healthy meal. Try the Maza. It is paired with baba ganouje, which may even appeal to you picky eaters!

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Beirut Restaurant

1385 Robert Street
West St. Paul, MN 55118
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This staple of Lebanese cuisine in St. Paul includes hummus scattered throughout its menu. The Mezza is fantastic and will be a treat to you hummus connoisseurs.

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Wally’s Falafel and Hummus

423 14th Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Try the Shawirma Plate and you’ll leave a happy camper. If you want a smaller portion, try the hummus appetizer. Top it all off with some strong Arabic coffee and you’ll be paying tribute to all of your body’s senses.

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Emily’s Lebanese Deli

641 University Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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Try either the appetizer plate or get a tub of hummus to-go. I think all hummus is great with pita bread, however, I am a huge fan of Emily’s hummus on a sandwich or bagel. The consistency is not as soft as other recipes, which in my opinion adds to this restaurant and deli’s originality in the city!

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Deena’s Gourmet

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Fresh, smooth and fantastic with a glass of white wine. Deena’s Gourmet does not have a restaurant; however, you can find its recipes sold at a farmers’ market or local grocer near you. Whenever I hear a retailer or restaurant uses only locally produced ingredients, I am a big fan. Oh, and you’ll learn its recipes have zero preservatives. Enjoy!

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750 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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I have had the pleasure of chatting with the Spoonriver owner, Brenda, on several occasions and I feel like I’ve known her all my life. Her hummus recipe includes locally grown ingredients and the soft, buttery texture is great with the sweet flavor. The Preserved Lemon Hummus is awesome. Pairing this with the Grey Gardens cocktail may not be a bad idea.

Christos Greek Restaurant

15600 Highway 7
Minnetonka, MN 55345
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The hummus chilled appetizer is clean and simple. The recipe goes “back to basics” with garbanzo beans, parsley, garlic and lemon, but it is the sesame flavor that adds a unique nutty flavor. I am a big fan of their Minnetonka location, but if you want to have something really cool to talk about on Monday, go to their location in St. Paul in the Union Depot.

-Justin Reis is a WCCO intern studying broadcast journalism at the University of Minnesota. His passion for finding the “best” in the Twin Cities is inspired by his role as a group fitness instructor and interests ranging from “anything artistic” to “anything social”. Please leave a comment on what you think of his recommendations.