…at least they dropped the word “Tapas” from their name. That’s a good thing…right? They still have it on their menu, and before anyone jumps to defend, it’s a different menu from last time. Appetizers were still rebranded as tapas without any consideration that the two are technically distinct, and on top of that, I think their selection has actually decreased since last time. But let’s not get off on the wrong foot here; I’m not really hankering for another round of bitter-tasting highbrow criticism of something most people wouldn’t care about.
No longer downtown, Hummus Brother’s has relocated to the Treasure Cove hotel, snuggled at the edge of what I think should be called the “highway’s armpit”—so far from the building’s entrance that I wonder why the hotel would bother charging what they do for rent; it must be atrocious. I make that assumption because the location Hummy Bro’s occupies has been filled and emptied more times than Kermit the Frog.
(I could have gone for a dirty joke, but I felt a Muppet reference would require more thought and ultimately be cleverer.)
Not much has changed in the décor from the previous occupants, giving the impression that Hummus Brothers has truly discarded even the broadest strokes of ethnic distinction. Hitherto, I criticized them for establishing a design which looked pleasant aesthetically but created obstructions patrons had to work around in order to enjoy their experience. I didn’t check the bathrooms this time, but I really should have. By not deviating from the design of the previous restaurant, Hum’Brothers has actually created a more welcoming and functional environment, with the unfortunate side effect of looking basically like every Moxis snuggled underneath a Sandman Inn in this country. That’s not entirely a bad thing; I had commented prior that it felt that Humm’ers was aping a Moxis or Earls, and now they’ve simply embraced that role.
All of this tastes of repeat criticism and thusly should be discarded as wasteful, except I think Hummus Brother’s has actually gotten better in some ways. I mean ignoring the complete lack of ethnic identity in the décor, there still remains some measure of Mediterranean flare in the dishes. And what I ordered was really really good. My companion’s dish was also praised. Not going to lie, it’s a tad overpriced. A salad shouldn’t cost $17 dollars unless Ned Stark’s head is resting on the greens. The “supposed” tapas page actually had entries costing $16.95—just take off the word tapas, just take it off. Why open yourself to further criticism? I know I’m not the only one; I’ve read the other reviews.
Hum’others is like a tetrahedron (or a D4 to my D&D peeps). One side it presents itself as a franchise while another is a privately owned Mediterranean bistro. The third (as the fourth side rests on the tabletop) claims itself as an upmarket restaurant. Before, I felt Hummus Brothers missed the mark on all three. They still miss on two, but the third has become a solid bet. I’m not sure if that’s praise or not, but this was the first time I ate there without feeling like someone wasn’t pulling a joke on me. Honestly, I thought it was good, a step in the right direction. The meal was delicious; I felt satisfied. They just better have fixed their bathrooms.
OVERALL: 7.4 out of 10 (that’s a solid B, happy now?)
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