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Hummus at Falafel House in St. Johns
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Where to Find Next-Level Hummus in Portland

Here’s where you go for the silky-smooth spread

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Hummus at Falafel House in St. Johns
| Lauren Carlos / EPDX

A town chock-full of vegans and the health-conscious, Portland loves its hummus. A staple in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, hummus is a velvety smooth chickpea spread typically blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and spices. Besides the standard garnishing of paprika or parsley, many Portland spots offer toppings like seasonal veggies, eggs, or even braised lamb. Either tucked in a falafel or dolloped in a takeout container, the very nature of hummus lends itself to takeout, eaten in front of the tv or scarfed on the walk back to your car. The below map is a handy guide for hummus-hopping your way around Portland. The points on this map are not ranked, but rather organized geographically.

Note: A number of Portland restaurants have resumed outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Falafel House

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7316 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 714-6287
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A staple food truck in the St. Johns Food & Beer Porch, Falafel House’s rich hummus exceeds expectations given its lower price. Under cozy string lights with ‘80s hits setting the mood, Falafel House hawks soy curl shawarma sandwiches, falafel, and seitan gyros, as well as sides of the classic chickpea dip, served with toasted hummus, turnips, and cucumber. Falafel House has limited hours during holidays but is open most of the year Wednesday-Monday for walk-up window orders.

2. Garbonzos

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6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 475-4875
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This long-closed Portland falafel chain re-emerged as a food cart in Southwest Portland, and most of its plates and pita sandwiches include a dollop or smear of a thick, hearty hummus, dusted with paprika and drizzled with olive oil. It’s best served with its crunchy, herby falafel, either tucked into a warm falafel or snug in a takeout box. Garbonzos is open for takeout via online order.

3. Mediterranean Exploration Company

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333 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 222-0906
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While the lengthy menu might be overwhelming at this buzzy Pearl District restaurant, the hummus — served with puffy house-made pita — certainly shines. An order of the fried Brussels sprouts hummus, a creamy chickpea dip-turned-veggie dish, gets a little extra perk thanks to a dose of calabrian chili oil and lemon. For those who wish to stay clear of dairy, there’s also a hummus dish adorned with maitake mushrooms, garlic, paprika, and dill for added punch. It’s open for pickup and delivery via online order.

A bowl of hummus sits next to a fresh pita
Hummus at Mediterranean Exploration Company
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4. Shalom Y'all SW - Downtown Location

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1128 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 333-6123
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The sister restaurant to Mediterranean Exploration Company offers a few varieties of silky, delicately textured hummus at this simple and classy Mediterranean street food venue. Served with freshly baked pita, the simple Hummus Abu Hassan, inspired by a famous hummus spot of the same name in Jaffa, is like chickpea whipped cream blended with tahini and lemon, and topped with chickpeas, parsley, and a lots of olive oil. A heartier hummus dish comes decked with braised lamb, carrots, and green chickpeas. Shalom Y’all has locations on both sides of the river; order online for pickup or delivery any day of the week.

5. Al-Amir Restaurant

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223 SW Stark St
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 274-0010
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Located in the historic Bishop’s House building, this elegant Lebanese mainstay opened in 1988. Its silken hummus, served alongside a basket of warm pita, is satisfying on its own or topped with lamb, beef, or chicken shawarma. It’s open in the evenings for curbside pickup and delivery from Wednesday through Saturday.

A plate comes with a dollop of tabbouli, hummus, pickled vegetables, shrimp, and muhmarra
Hummus and meze at Al-Amir
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6. Tangier Restaurant

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221 SW Pine St
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 459-4441
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This family-owned restaurant has served Moroccan and Mediterranean fare in downtown Portland since 2013. Its vegetarian meze includes a za’atar flatbread smothered in creamy house-made baba ghannouj, garlicky smooth hummus, and tabouli, with a nicely-spiced spinach pie on the side. The restaurant also serves its hummus as a standalone appetizer. Call for takeout orders every day but Sunday.

7. Cedo's Falafel and Gyros

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3901 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 719-7344
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This art-decked mom-and-pop shop, owned by Palestinian expat Sam Hazza, may be known for its spicy gyros and crisp falafel, but the hummus is also something special. Chickpeas are soaked overnight, simmered, and blended into rich and creamy hummus topped with a pool of olive oil, tender whole chickpeas, and paprika. It’s a popular spot, so call ahead to order Cedo’s to-go Tuesday through Friday.

8. Aviv

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1125 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 206-6280
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Specializing in vegan varieties of dishes like mushroom calamari and cashew labneh, chef Tal Caspi concocts various versions of the famous Gonzo hummus at this rustic-chic SE Division space. Blended smooth with creamy house-made tahini, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon juice, the hummus is topped with anything from harissa, hatch green chili, or soy curl shawarma, to name a few. As for hummus specials, Aviv also offers a hummus dish featuring a rotating selection of mushrooms as well as a hummus of the month, where toppings range from cactus to root vegetables with chipotle aioli. Aviv is open for takeout and delivery via online orders.

9. King Harvest Hummus Drive-Thru

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1502 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 239-6515
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Nothing says Portland like a hummus drive-through. Started in 1976 as a hippie grocery store, King Harvest roasts all of its garbanzo beans in-house, blending them into a thick paste with a bit of lemon juice, olive oil, spices, and simple ingredients you can actually pronounce. Its menu boasts an overwhelming selection of flavors, from jalapeño hummus to toasted sesame. Ten-ounce tubs of King Harvest hummus can be found at the drive-through open on weekdays, or local grocery stores like Fred Meyer or New Seasons Market.

A plastic tub of toasted sesame hummus from King Harvest
A tub of King Harvest hummus
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10. Baba's Mediterranean Grill

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2026 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 477-6097
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This casual, build-your-own bowl style spot found nowhere but Portland serves an array of flavors and mix-ins to pair with a dollop of smooth, creamy hummus. Pros know to double up on the pillowy soft, freshly baked pita bread on the side for dipping. An order of fragrant basmati turmeric rice balances out the hummus’ hardcore garlic taste. Order takeout online for pickup at its Cascade Station and NE Alberta locations.

A bowl of Baba’s hummus comes topped with falafel, a cucumber salad, and garlic sauce
Hummus and falafel at Baba’s
Lauren Carlos / EPDX

11. DarSalam

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4703 SE Hawthorne Blvd Suite 200
Portland, OR 97215

Those seeking traditional Iraqi food should hit this ornately styled Hawthorne spot or its NE Alberta location, where you’ll find velvety hummus whipped with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic, and garnished with a good dosing of olive oil and paprika. It’s well suited to the restaurant’s pickled mango salad, bright with chopped parsley, tomatoes, and chickpeas. DarSalam is available for online orders for pickup daily.

12. Ya Hala Lebanese Cuisine

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8005 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 256-4484
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Huge murals grace the walls at this homey Montavilla standby, where visitors find homestyle Lebanese food as well as classic street fare prepared by chef Mirna Attar. A heaping plate of hummus to-go comes whipped with tahini, lemon, and garlic, topped with garlic spiced chickpeas and crunchy pine nuts. Ya Hala offers a rotating selection of seasonal hummus, too. Order online for curbside pick-up on weekends.

13. Nicholas Restaurant Lebanese and Mediterranean Cuisine

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323 N Main Ave
Gresham, OR 97030
(503) 666-3333
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Since opening shop on SE Grand in 1987, the beloved family-owned and operated restaurant has become a staple for Lebanese cuisine, and has since opened two more locations, one in Northeast Portland and the other in Gresham. The creamy hummus dip has a great balance of tahini, garlic, lemon, and cumin, and makes for a nice pairing with the freshly baked, fluffy pita. The roasted red pepper walnut hummus — a blend of chickpeas, tahini, red pepper, Aleppo pepper, pomegranate molasses, and walnuts — offers a sweet and savory alternative to the traditional dip. Call or order online for takeout or delivery daily, but check each location for specific hours.

1. Falafel House

7316 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203

A staple food truck in the St. Johns Food & Beer Porch, Falafel House’s rich hummus exceeds expectations given its lower price. Under cozy string lights with ‘80s hits setting the mood, Falafel House hawks soy curl shawarma sandwiches, falafel, and seitan gyros, as well as sides of the classic chickpea dip, served with toasted hummus, turnips, and cucumber. Falafel House has limited hours during holidays but is open most of the year Wednesday-Monday for walk-up window orders.

7316 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203

2. Garbonzos

6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219

This long-closed Portland falafel chain re-emerged as a food cart in Southwest Portland, and most of its plates and pita sandwiches include a dollop or smear of a thick, hearty hummus, dusted with paprika and drizzled with olive oil. It’s best served with its crunchy, herby falafel, either tucked into a warm falafel or snug in a takeout box. Garbonzos is open for takeout via online order.

6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219

3. Mediterranean Exploration Company

333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
A bowl of hummus sits next to a fresh pita
Hummus at Mediterranean Exploration Company
Trent Finlay / Official

While the lengthy menu might be overwhelming at this buzzy Pearl District restaurant, the hummus — served with puffy house-made pita — certainly shines. An order of the fried Brussels sprouts hummus, a creamy chickpea dip-turned-veggie dish, gets a little extra perk thanks to a dose of calabrian chili oil and lemon. For those who wish to stay clear of dairy, there’s also a hummus dish adorned with maitake mushrooms, garlic, paprika, and dill for added punch. It’s open for pickup and delivery via online order.

333 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

4. Shalom Y'all SW - Downtown Location

1128 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205

The sister restaurant to Mediterranean Exploration Company offers a few varieties of silky, delicately textured hummus at this simple and classy Mediterranean street food venue. Served with freshly baked pita, the simple Hummus Abu Hassan, inspired by a famous hummus spot of the same name in Jaffa, is like chickpea whipped cream blended with tahini and lemon, and topped with chickpeas, parsley, and a lots of olive oil. A heartier hummus dish comes decked with braised lamb, carrots, and green chickpeas. Shalom Y’all has locations on both sides of the river; order online for pickup or delivery any day of the week.

1128 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205

5. Al-Amir Restaurant

223 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204
A plate comes with a dollop of tabbouli, hummus, pickled vegetables, shrimp, and muhmarra
Hummus and meze at Al-Amir
Al-Amir / Official

Located in the historic Bishop’s House building, this elegant Lebanese mainstay opened in 1988. Its silken hummus, served alongside a basket of warm pita, is satisfying on its own or topped with lamb, beef, or chicken shawarma. It’s open in the evenings for curbside pickup and delivery from Wednesday through Saturday.

223 SW Stark St
Portland, OR 97204

6. Tangier Restaurant

221 SW Pine St, Portland, OR 97204

This family-owned restaurant has served Moroccan and Mediterranean fare in downtown Portland since 2013. Its vegetarian meze includes a za’atar flatbread smothered in creamy house-made baba ghannouj, garlicky smooth hummus, and tabouli, with a nicely-spiced spinach pie on the side. The restaurant also serves its hummus as a standalone appetizer. Call for takeout orders every day but Sunday.

221 SW Pine St
Portland, OR 97204

7. Cedo's Falafel and Gyros

3901 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

This art-decked mom-and-pop shop, owned by Palestinian expat Sam Hazza, may be known for its spicy gyros and crisp falafel, but the hummus is also something special. Chickpeas are soaked overnight, simmered, and blended into rich and creamy hummus topped with a pool of olive oil, tender whole chickpeas, and paprika. It’s a popular spot, so call ahead to order Cedo’s to-go Tuesday through Friday.

3901 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

8. Aviv

1125 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

Specializing in vegan varieties of dishes like mushroom calamari and cashew labneh, chef Tal Caspi concocts various versions of the famous Gonzo hummus at this rustic-chic SE Division space. Blended smooth with creamy house-made tahini, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon juice, the hummus is topped with anything from harissa, hatch green chili, or soy curl shawarma, to name a few. As for hummus specials, Aviv also offers a hummus dish featuring a rotating selection of mushrooms as well as a hummus of the month, where toppings range from cactus to root vegetables with chipotle aioli. Aviv is open for takeout and delivery via online orders.

1125 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

9. King Harvest Hummus Drive-Thru

1502 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
A plastic tub of toasted sesame hummus from King Harvest
A tub of King Harvest hummus
Lauren Carlos / EPDX

Nothing says Portland like a hummus drive-through. Started in 1976 as a hippie grocery store, King Harvest roasts all of its garbanzo beans in-house, blending them into a thick paste with a bit of lemon juice, olive oil, spices, and simple ingredients you can actually pronounce. Its menu boasts an overwhelming selection of flavors, from jalapeño hummus to toasted sesame. Ten-ounce tubs of King Harvest hummus can be found at the drive-through open on weekdays, or local grocery stores like Fred Meyer or New Seasons Market.

1502 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

10. Baba's Mediterranean Grill

2026 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
A bowl of Baba’s hummus comes topped with falafel, a cucumber salad, and garlic sauce
Hummus and falafel at Baba’s
Lauren Carlos / EPDX

This casual, build-your-own bowl style spot found nowhere but Portland serves an array of flavors and mix-ins to pair with a dollop of smooth, creamy hummus. Pros know to double up on the pillowy soft, freshly baked pita bread on the side for dipping. An order of fragrant basmati turmeric rice balances out the hummus’ hardcore garlic taste. Order takeout online for pickup at its Cascade Station and NE Alberta locations.

2026 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

11. DarSalam

4703 SE Hawthorne Blvd Suite 200, Portland, OR 97215

Those seeking traditional Iraqi food should hit this ornately styled Hawthorne spot or its NE Alberta location, where you’ll find velvety hummus whipped with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic, and garnished with a good dosing of olive oil and paprika. It’s well suited to the restaurant’s pickled mango salad, bright with chopped parsley, tomatoes, and chickpeas. DarSalam is available for online orders for pickup daily.

4703 SE Hawthorne Blvd Suite 200
Portland, OR 97215

12. Ya Hala Lebanese Cuisine

8005 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215

Huge murals grace the walls at this homey Montavilla standby, where visitors find homestyle Lebanese food as well as classic street fare prepared by chef Mirna Attar. A heaping plate of hummus to-go comes whipped with tahini, lemon, and garlic, topped with garlic spiced chickpeas and crunchy pine nuts. Ya Hala offers a rotating selection of seasonal hummus, too. Order online for curbside pick-up on weekends.

8005 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215

13. Nicholas Restaurant Lebanese and Mediterranean Cuisine

323 N Main Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

Since opening shop on SE Grand in 1987, the beloved family-owned and operated restaurant has become a staple for Lebanese cuisine, and has since opened two more locations, one in Northeast Portland and the other in Gresham. The creamy hummus dip has a great balance of tahini, garlic, lemon, and cumin, and makes for a nice pairing with the freshly baked, fluffy pita. The roasted red pepper walnut hummus — a blend of chickpeas, tahini, red pepper, Aleppo pepper, pomegranate molasses, and walnuts — offers a sweet and savory alternative to the traditional dip. Call or order online for takeout or delivery daily, but check each location for specific hours.

323 N Main Ave
Gresham, OR 97030

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