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House of Hummus opens with Middle Eastern menu

House of Hummus has opened in the former Manakeesh and More space on Hertel, offering hummus, falafel and other Middle Eastern favorites.

The restaurant, at 1150 Hertel Ave., opened two weeks ago, said owner Ahmed Hamideh. It’s his first restaurant, which he runs with help from his brother Jamal. Its motto is “home of WNY’s fluffiest falafel.”

The Palestinian Hamidehs are offering Jerusalem-style dishes, he said. Most will be familiar to fans of Middle Eastern cuisines. The work hummus means chickpea in Arabic, he said, so it’s a reference to both the falafel and the dip of ground chickpeas with tahini, lemon and garlic, the “hummus” that people might be more are familiar with.

A custom combination of 12 to 14 spices makes the falafel stand out, he said. Besides the deep-fried spiced chickpea fritters, vegan offerings include a sandwich that adds fried cauliflower and eggplant to falafel; baba ganoush, roasted eggplant puree; foul, fava bean puree with garlic, parsley and cumin; and salads. Herbal tea, in mint or sage, is also available.

Then there’s beef and chicken kababs and shawarma, as sandwiches or plates. Dishes range from $2.99-12.99. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday. Phone: 322-6484.

Here's the menu:

House of Hummus menu, page one

House of Hummus menu, page one.

House of Hummus menu, page two.

House of Hummus menu, page two.

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