Have you heard? Sabra , the makers of your favorite hummus, just opened up their first-ever pop up restaurant in Georgetown (Washington, DC) called Hummus House! Hummus House opened September 29, 2014 and will be open until October 26, 2014. That means it’s only there for 4 weeks so come experience the inspiring tastes of the Mediterranean while you can! Hummus House is serving lunch and dinner daily and you can find their menu HERE.
Are you asking yourself why I’m telling you all this? Well for starters I love Sabra and all their delicious hummus products. I was super excited to hear they were opening up a pop up restaurant and even more excited when I learned it was only 2 1/2 hours away and somewhere that I was familiar with. So earlier this week I headed down to Washington, DC to try Sabra’s Hummus House for myself.
When I arrived I was blown away by what they did with the space. The downstairs in a fabulous space where you can choose to sit at small tables with friends or at a large, gorgeous communal table. The walls are brick and the decorations are tasteful. The kitchen is in full view so you can watch while the food is being prepared.
The upstairs has a huge space for events and that’s where I enjoyed my evening. There is a gorgeous Sabra mural on one wall, a large wooden table in the middle, and decorations on the wall. I was greeted by Mary Beth Albright who is the chef of Sabra Hummus House. Mary Beth is an amazing woman. She is an accomplished cook, national food writer, and creator of food literacy and cooking classes. She was also on Season 7 of Food Network Star. In talking to her, she’s down to earth, is passionate about food, and is super fun to talk too. She had a vision for the menu of Sabra Hummus House and she went with it. What she came up with blew me away! Some of the flavor combinations are things I would never have tried but they were beyond delicious.
I love that everything on the menu that can be bought locally is. Mary Beth told us that she goes to the farmer’s market several times a week to pick up fresh vegetables for the menu. In addition to the vegetables, the pickled goodies are made locally, the chocolate treats are from a local chocolate shop, and even the murals on the wall were painted by local artists. I loved seeing all of the local touches that were put into this restaurant.
We started with platters of raw vegetables served with Mary Beth Albright’s own Tzatziki sauce which is heavy on the garlic, just the way I like it. We were also served a local pickled vegetable platter with pickled carrots, cucumbers, and radishes. The pickled carrots were my favorite as they were bursting with flavor and were crisp and so fresh tasting. Next out came the trio of hummus which was my favorite thing of the night. The flavors mixed into the hummus were crazy but tasted amazing. We tried one with salty roasted pepitas and pumpkin oil, one with 2Armadillas crispy roasted rosemary chickpeas and preserved lemon, and one with crystallized ginger, edamame, and sesame oil. All of them were served with fresh, local pita. My absolute favorite of the night was the hummus with crystallized ginger, edamame, and sesame oil. It was slightly sweet, had a little crunch from the edamame, and the flavor from the sesame oil. I wasn’t sure if I’d like or not but now I can’t wait to try and create it at home
We also tried one of the salads topped with a lemon and hummus vinaigrette which was fresh and tasty. Then there were the tostadas. Of course when I hear tostada I think of Mexican food so I wasn’t sure how they were going to make them with hummus and make it work, but they certainly did. The tostada is made with tortillas layered with hummus, guacamole, cilantro lime slaw, and queso fresco. It’s the perfect combination of global flavors. Then we finished off with a triple layer turkey sandwich layered with hummus, tzatziki, and other deliciousness. By the end of the evening I was super full but I couldn’t stop eating! I wish that Sabra Hummus House was open for more then just 4 short weeks because I would definitely be driving down to Washington, DC at least once a month to eat at this amazing location.
Want to try Sabra Hummus House for yourself? It’s open for lunch and dinner now through October 26 so hurry in while you can. It’s located at: 1254 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007. It’s worth the trip into the city! If you want my recommendation, you have to try the East meets West hummus trio and the Global Tostada. I’d get a few other dishes as well but those are the two must have dishes!
This post was sponsored by Sabra but all opinions, photographs, and writing is 100% my own.