HUMMUS BEN SIRA
3 Ben Sira, Jerusalem, Israel
There is not a more welcome sight in all the world to my heart, my soul, and my belly than the blue awning of Ben Sira. It means home, it means, love, it means the best hummus in the world and definitely my favorite meal outside the USA. It is so simple yet so perfect. You sit down on picnic tables, order at the counter, and the magic begins. You order at a bar, where three people are crammed behind preparing the culinary masterpiece. You grab drinks from the cooler and await the feast. Pickles, onions, felafel, tomatoes come as your salatim (appetizer), but one would be wise to save them for the hummus. Hummus is the national food of Israel and the middle east, beloved by all, but argued about by all. Everyone has their favorite place. Every town claims to have the best. Every city, every country. Ben Sira is my vote. What makes Ben Sira unique is that it is served warm! You dip the warm pita into the warm hummus and top it with the salatim I told you to save. I prefer hummus basar which has perfectly season ground beef in it or hummus petriot which has mushrooms in it.
Ben Sira is a must stop for any traveler looking for an incredible home cooked meal. Home cooked because dining there is like dining with family. You can feel the love and care put into this place.