AND THE WINNER IS...
The winner for this year is Chapa on Wilshire and Crescent. Their Hummus might not be magical like I would want it to be but it is good working man's Hummus that is always fresh and always served in large quantities with free pickles and lots of olive oil. All for a logical fit for all price that makes this my winner for best hummus in LA.
That said, in my last two visits I've noticed they've reduced the amount of Pitas they serve with the plate from two to one which is very annoying and disrespectful to their Hummus loving customers.
I hope they will not try to immitate their competitors that lowered the quality of their Hummus while raising prices and giving less for more $$$.
I also recommend their Falafel which is amazing and gets my two thumbs up easily beating many of their competitors.
The list for awful places is long and plenty. Sadly both Israeli and Arabs from all nations in the middle east have no problem opening places that serve awful Hummus that doesn't taste fresh, is served in small quantities and is extremely expensive.
It's sad that so many middle easterners feel that they can con their brothers and sisters in LA with Hummus that's expensive and simply disgusting and they are helping give middle eastern food an awful name.
I guess Hummus is a very personal thing and to each person there's his own taste buds. But that said, talking to my friends - there's quite an agreement among them that the winner for the WORST HUMMUS RESTAURANT in LA for 2010 is AROMA CAFE.
Aroma wins not just because of it's awful Hummus but for the overall experience. Expensive food, disgusting waiters and waitresses that treat customers like dirt, are mean spirited, slow, unhelpful and seem to have the backing of their bosses to be as evil to their customers as possible.
For those going to Aroma, all I can say is that you deserve the attitude and high bill you'll get there. Aroma brings out a lot of negative emotions from me.
So even before their awful Hummus is served - the overall attitude of everyone around makes me sick.
Happy holidays everyone and enjoy the Hummus of the new year!!!!