For when you want a “good fast food” option that pleases everyone in the group: the vegan, the carnivore and the carboholic in Wynwood.
By: Jennifer Barrios
Address: 250 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127
Meal type: Lunch, Light Dinner
Cuisine: Israeli-style “hummusiya” aka a restaurant specializing in hummus!
Ambiance: Relaxed, cool and off-beat vibe
Background music: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons “Sunday Kind of Love” mixed with casual conversations
What to wear: Come as you are – yoga pants or Sunday’s best – the focus will be on the hummus not your outfit
What to expect: Modeling itself after the hummus shops found around the street’s of Isreal, Dizengoff is a small, vibrant, and casual eatery decorated with bright Israeli posters and custom mirrored tiling. The concept is simple – walk in, reference the hot pink letter board showcasing the day’s offerings, order at the counter, and sit at any table while you wait for your creamy bowl of heaven to arrive. The place is small and often crowded, but they are surprisingly quick and you’ll find yourself in and out with what is likely to be the best hummus of your life in no time!
The Menu: Hummus, hummus, and more hummus…but we aren’t complaining! Dizengoff’s menu centers around its freshly made hummus topped with a choice of rotating seasonal garnishes that change daily. Each bowl is accompanied by hearth-baked pita and a chopped cucumber and tomato salad to balance the rich dip. On Sundays, Dizengoff will serve Shakshuka, a classic North African dish that is so delicious you’ll find yourself begging the restaurant staff to add it to the daily menu.
What to order:
Shakshuka: We were lucky enough to score an order of this UNREAL egg dish baked in a fiery tomato and pepper stew before it sold out. It’s only available on Sundays and is a great dish to share so that you can save enough room for the main course…HUMMUS.
Masabacha with Corn Hummus: Perfect dish for vegans/vegetarians. Freshly made hummus (heavy on the tehina) topped with corn and chickpeas. It’s served with a fresh warm pita but we won’t judge you if you enjoy this hummus on its own with a spoon – yes it’s that good.
Lamb Merguez: For your carnivorous friends, this dish features the same creamy hummus but is topped with spiced lamb, pine nuts and pickled cabbage. For extra protein ask to top it off with an egg.
Lemonnana: This drink is exactly what you need on a hot Miami day and is the star of their beverage menu. It’s an Israeli frozen mint lemonade that is every bit refreshing as it is sweet. Like every other dish on the menu, you can enjoy this at the restaurant or take it to go.
How to score a table: Dizengoff is walk-in only BUT don’t be deterred by the crowd or lines because the service is fast and tables free up quickly. Seating is very limited so you can choose to wait for a table with a lemonnana in-hand or take your order to go.
Insider tip: Arrive early on Sunday if you want to try the Shukshaka because it sells out quick! This restaurant is owned by Michael Solomonov, the same award-winning chef that brought us Federal Donuts, so you can walk right next door and grab a powdered donut to satisfy your sweet tooth after indulging in a hearty/healthy hummus dish.