Israeli Tourism Ministry posts top hummus spots

NEW YORK -- The recipe is simple: cooked and pounded chickpeas in garlic and lemon juice, served with a garnish of your choice.

Its simplicity makes hummus one of the most-loved staples of Middle Eastern cuisine.

To celebrate the virtues of this increasingly international food, the Israel Ministry of Tourism in North America highlighted the 13 best places to get hummus while in Israel.

The ministry posted its Hummus Highway guide on its Web site, at www.goisrael.com.

Jerusalem is home to three of the top hummus spots, with two in the Old City.

Abu Shukri, on the Via Dolorosa, serves hummus with cabbage and tomato salad.

Also in the Old City is Lina's, on Al Khanka.

Another Jerusalem hummus haven, especially for those in a hurry, is Ta'ami on Hillel Street.

The guide picks out two good spots in Tel Aviv -- Sholomo, off Rehov Ishkon in the Yemenite Quarter, and Humus Basel, on Ashtorei HaParsi.

In nearby Jaffa, there's Abu Hassan's Karavan, which serves plain hummus in pita bread with no spices, onions or beans.

The Hummus Highway also selected spots in the towns of Beersheba, Eilat, Nazareth, Majdal Shams and Zichron Ya'acov; in the Golan Heights, and at the Tel Aviv airport.

The hummus havens were selected by Judy Stacey Goldman, a Jerusalem-based journalist, and Janet Kaplan, a New York travel writer.

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