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Hummus Corner: Delicious And Affordable Mediterranean in Owings Mills

Mixed Shawarma Platter | Hummus Corner | Owings Mills MD

Since we moved to Maryland in July, I’ve been on the hunt for a good Mediterranean restaurant. One of my favorite dishes is Shawarma, and neither Cava Grill nor Zoë’s Kitchen has it on their menu.

Don’t get me wrong: I love Cava and Zoe’s. The Spicy Lamb Meatballs and Steak Stack have a special place in my heart (and stomach). And the Crazy Feta. I could go on.

But Shawarma is the name of the game here. After hearing my aunt talk about Hummus Corner, and passing them nearly every day on my commute, I decided to stop in with Jen.

Tucked into the corner of a nondescript Owings Mills strip mall (hence the name), along with a Food Lion, Chinese and Soul Food restaurants, Hummus Corner opened in January 2011. Owned by Chef Johnny and Carla Mattar, their Hummus is set apart by the chickpeas they use:

I asked Johnny Mattar what I should tell you about his hummus. He told me that it starts with the chickpea. Mattar uses the largest size chickpea available, the hard to find 14-mm chickpea. Most of the chickpeas we see in stores are 8- or 9-mm chickpeas. He also uses a white sesame paste (I’m guessing it’s not that stuff with the orange and brown label), and fresh lemon juice. That’s for starters; the rest is in how he puts it together. — Richard Gorelick, Baltimore Sun

Mixed Shawarma Platter | Hummus Corner | Owings Mills MD
Mixed Shawarma Platter: Chicken & Beef Shawarma, Rice, Hummus, Lebanese Salad, Garlic Paste, Tahini Sauce

Chef Johnny has quite the Resume: Originally from Lebanon, most of his career was in Dubai where he directed the catering at the Grand Hyatt Dubai, a swanky five-star hotel in the United Arab Emirates. His training definitely shows in the quality and freshness of the food.

On our first visit, I opted for the Mixed Shawarma Platter, which had Chicken and Beef Shawarma, as well as rice, hummus, Lebanese salad,  garlic paste and tahini sauce. Talk about quality and value: The portion was simply huge, and everything tasted extremely fresh. Priced at $13.95, it is a lot of food for a very reasonable price.

The staff is friendly and more than willing to answer any questions about the menu or food. They are open 7 Days a Week: 11am-9pm Mon-Sat, and 12pm-7pm on Sundays. They are also on GrubHub and Foodler for your mobile takeout orders!

Hummus Corner
9201 Lakeside Blvd (near Food Lion)
Owings Mills, MD 21117
(410) 363-6033 | Website | Facebook | @HummusCorner

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  • Laura

    Yum. This made my mouth water just reading about it!