A hummusiya grows in D.C.

The classic hummus bowl at Little Sesame features warm chickpeas, tahini and schug (a Mediterranean hot sauce). Photo by Jared Foretek.

Jewish food lovers around Washington mourned the closing of D.G.S. Delicatessen in 2018, but a piece of itself lived on when Little Sesame, a fast-casual hummus restaurant that started in its building, opened a standalone shop downtown. Next month, the lunch crowd in Chinatown can get a taste as well when the restaurant opens its second location.

The restaurant is the work of co-owners Nick and David Wiseman, as well as Israeli chef Ronen Tenne. Diners choose from pita sandwiches or hummus bowls, which customers can add toppings or proteins to (also served with pita).

“It’s much closer to actual hummus than what I grew up with,” said regular David Wasserstein, who typically opts for the pita bowl with cauliflower or a pita sandwich. When asked how it compares to what he had in Israel, where he lived for two years, Wasserstein said “It’s the closest I’ve ever had.”

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