Oren’s Hummus Shop 261 University Ave./Bryant St., (650) 752-6492. No reservations.
Israeli-style hummus is the main attraction here. A variety of flavors are available, but it’s hard to beat the classic. The babaganoush is also exceptional. Sides include mild steamed Moroccan carrots, delicious eggplant, marinated beets, and Israeli pickles and olives. Among the salads are several tabules, fatush (chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion), and shredded cabbage-carrot. The house-baked pita comes in white, whole wheat, and gluten-free. Spicy sauces—a green harissa and a red chili-garlic--are complimentary, but you usually need to ask for them. This popular spot is usually very crowded and noisy; expect to wait. Or do take-out from the cold-case in the back.
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