Hello new addiction….no like really, I forced Alec to eat here three times in a week and a half.
So without further ado….Dizengoff welcome to the center of my heart.
Named after one of the most iconic streets in Tel Aviv, Dizengoff located on 16th and Sansom mimics the humus stalls found on every corner in Israel. I’ve never been to Israel so I can’t confirm or deny this fact but Alec has been so he informed me of the hummus 101. Pretty much hummus is served with every meal in Israel and is generally always good. There are many places to go to in all of the outdoor markets and everyone has their own favorite spot. Dizengoff is right up there with the best Israel has to offer and they throw their own spin on it by adding toppings you wouldn’t find in the hummus in Israel.
Let me break it down for you. The menu is never the same. They have staples like chicken but every day there are about 5-7 rotating hummus options. Examples- hot spiced lamb with pine nuts or avocado with harissa - accompanied by fresh, hearth-baked pita, chopped salad, and Israeli pickles. The pita and Israeli pickles come with every meal (and the pickles are surprisingly addictive) so your main job is to just select the hummus. You have the option of adding an egg, extra pita, and sometimes extra pita chips. ALSO- they post their menu every day on Instagram, so before you show up hoping for something, give the ‘gram a gander.
I’m not going to lie, at first, I was like WTF 5 options. Do I like hummus that much? What flavor would I like? Who eats hummus as a meal? Biggest question- is this going to fill me?
Side note, on every visit to my hummus heaven, I tried a different dish. Alec got the same flavor over and over- chicken, (adventurous much) no but honestly, it’s so simple, his repeat dish is holy grail choice for any first-timers.
But for me….I wanted to try it all
1. Squash – the squash hummus was the first I tried. I’m a crazy squash fan so after trying this, I needed to go back for more. Ideally, on my next visit I was going to get the squash again, but the following times it was not on the menu. Although I’m now slightly glad because it got me out of my comfort zone to try other flavors.
You get a large dish of freshly made hummus with seasonal toppings. The hummus is just spectacular. It’s fresh, it’s flavorful, and it’s filling. I’ve had hummus before but it’s not even comparable to something out of a container. Every flavor I’ve tried I was left wanting more…literally licking the plate….I want to say I’m joking but I’m not. The pita texture is perfectly soft, always warm, and right out of the oven.
At first, I didn’t know how to approach the dish, all of the toppings are displayed beautifully on top and I didn’t know what the best consumption process was. Alec likes to mix his all together so I did the same, but you can eat it however you want. You can rip the pita and dip it, scoop it, or rip some up fold it and scoop some hummus in like a mini taco. However, you decide to eat it, just make sure you keep your pita to hummus ratio on point. You can always get more pita if need be, but who needs the carbs right?