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International dishes were never my go-to foods — until I spent nine weeks in India eating exotic delicacies with flavors I grew to enjoy. Back in Richmond, I began to expand my palate by exploring a variety of cuisines. Soon I found a new love: hummus. Its creamy texture with an edge of fresh garlic is my winter-afternoon getaway.
The first hummus I ever tried was made here, and its balanced flavors of garlic and tahini never disappoint. Topped with parsley and chickpeas, it's served with moist pita bread. 4401 W. Broad St., 359-5590.
Aziza's on Main
This spot always has at least three flavors of hummus: plain, olive, jalapeño and, my favorite, roasted red pepper. Strong on the red pepper and garlic, this pick costs less than $5 for several servings. 2110 E. Main St., 344-1523.
This hummus platter sets a high bar. Top the fluffy foccacia with house-made hummus, bits of fresh cucumbers, tomato and feta, then drizzle with the house vinaigrette for a glorious sweet-tangy combination. The platter includes a side of couscous salad, heavy on the cilantro but refreshing. 2525 W. Main St., 204-2525.
2M Mediterranean Market & Deli
The friendly chef at 2M offers samples before dishing out either plain or garlic hummus and seasoned pita chips. The garlic hummus has a full-bodied flavor, while the plain variety is so mild and pleasant, even a newbie would savor it. 7103 Staples Mill Road, 262-9950.
Harrison Street Coffee Shop
This vegan option wraps a generous scoop of black-bean hummus with sprouts, fresh tomatoes and lettuce in a warm tortilla. The savory hummus blends exotic spices with a citrus bite. 402 N. Harrison St., 359-8060.