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January 24, 2011

Hummus Corner opens in Owings Mills

Could this be the hummus we've been waiting for? 

Owings Mills has a new Mediterranean joint. Open since January 12, Hummus Corner is owned and operated by Carla and Johnny Mattar (he's the chef), and Hummus Corner is their first go at a restaurant in this area. 

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.

A native of Lebanon, Mattar has spent most of his professional life in Dubai, where he first managed and was later director of catering for the Lebanese restaurant in the five-star Grand Hyatt Dubai. Carla Mattar, a Maryland resident since 1991, is a Goucher alum (BA, Business and Economics) and the Mattars' relocated recently from Dubai to Baltimore to be closer to their families and to open their restaurant.

Also on the Mediterranean menu at Hummus Corner -- falafel, kebabs, fattoush and schwarma.

Hummus Corner opened. The counter-service restaurant is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. The phone number is (410) 363-6033, the address is 9201 Lakeside Blvd., the up-and-running website (yay!!) is

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 12:41 PM | | Comments (26)


does Johnny have a son named Aloo, perchance...?

does anyone know where Lakeside Blvd is?

Yes, I grew up in the area. It's in Owings Mills and runs perpendicular to Painters Mill Road and Owings Mills Boulevard. It runs parallel to Red Run Boulevard.

For those of you who know where T. Rowe Price is on Painters Mill Road is, it's in the shopping center with the Food Lion.

I was just there for lunch. The food is amazing! My friend and I tried their chicken and shawarma wraps. Best we had in a long time. Oh and their Hummus dip is so tasty! I took one home for dinner.
Their address is: 9201 Lakeside Blvd
They have a facebook page too.

Cindy - I was just there for lunch as well! I also enjoyed it. The mint leaves in the schwarma wrap were wonderful, and the pita itself seemed to be a cut above the usual fare.

Liz - I loved their garlic sauce in the chicken wrap. yummy...

I'm stopping there this evening. Hope it is good! I need a break from cooking.

I have eaten there three times now and I love it more every time I go. I think it's the best Falafel I've ever had....and hummus....and Kafta.....MUST TRY.

AR - you are going to like it. Let me know what you think.

the shawarma wrap was the BOMB. that thing was so freaking delicious.

Thank you Liz for the directions; that's the first time in a while that I asked a question on a forum and didn't get spit on. Thank you. Looking forward to trying this place. I always wanted to try making hummus and never have,


I've noticed certain "troll" characters making appearances on the blog, and that really disappoints me. Especially because there are a lot of great commentors here, as well. People should want titillating and accessible discussions. Not sure why some have to ruin it for everyone else.

@ Liz

I was thanking you for taking the trouble to give me directions, especially in the face of the fact of what I see as so much hostility on forums.

Oddly enough for thanking you, you responded with some really nasty hostility of your own, Congratulations. I love the "troll" accusation too. I guess I really don't enjoy talking and reading about food, restaurants, cooking and restaurants after all. I guess I was't really looking forward to going to the Hummus Corner.

uhhh, siasds, I think Liz was commiserating with you re: your comment about getting spit on, not calling you a troll. Why so defensive?

BaltoSteve, I'd say those remarks from slasds were offensive, not defensive.

Cue Rodney King.

Thanks, BaltoSteve and Dahlink. I *was* commiserating with siasds. Why am I always so misunderstood??? Ooooh, the tragedy!!

I think everybody is just cranky today. Blame the weather.

Everyone here at 501 N. Calvert is cranky, too. Sports stuck out its leg and tripped Business FOR NO REASON.

DELICIOUS, DELICIOUS, DELICIOUS mediteranean food. Genuine lebanese cuisine, from the hummus, to shawarma, to falafel, to the kofta. Absolutely awsome

DELICIOUS, DELICIOUS, DELICIOUS mediteranean food. Genuine lebanese cuisine, from the hummus, to shawarma, to falafel, to the kofta. Absolutely awsome

MMMM my mouth is watering and my tammy is growling; I can't wait to try the food at the Hummus Corner.

What if the problems you think you have are just imaginary? I'm sorry I completely misunderstood and made something bad out of something good. Again.

Hummus Corner sounds like a place I wouldn't want to be trapped in.

What was wrong with this post that Rayn didn't use it to sell viagra?

Maybe he thought it said Hummer Corner

tried this place this afternoon for lunch and it was fantastic!! love the chicken wrap with hummus and falafel!

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

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