It takes more than chickpeas to make luscious hummus, the Middle Eastern dip that’s a cool summer snack

Photograph by Edmund Barr

1 Skaf’s Grill 
The signature spread here is heavily spiked with lemon and garlic. Sure, you can use a pita, but for this, a spoon is even better. » 6008 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood, 818-985-5701. Also at 367 N. Chevy Chase Dr., Glendale, 818-551-5540. Map

2 Cedar House Cafe 
Chickpeas, garlic, and olive oil are whipped extra fluffy and are best washed down with Almaza, a Lebanese lager. Bonus points for both pita bread and pita chips. » 4805 Whitsett Ave., Valley Village, 818-769-9994. Map

3 Hummus Bar and Grill
With a name like this, they’d better deliver. A thick layer of nutty tahini is slathered on, making for ever-shifting flavors with each swipe of fresh laffa bread. » 18743 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, 818-344-6606. Map  

4 Sunnin Lebanese Café 
Purists will dig the classic silky dip, but hedonists will jump at the hommos-kawarma with slices of tender beef. » 1779 Westwood Blvd., Westwood, 310-477-2358. Map Also at 5110 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, 562-433-9000. Map 

Photograph by Edmund Barr