2017-06-15 / On the Town

Holding out for a gyro? Try Hummus Bros.

Ela Lindsay

GO GREEK—Above, a Big Boss Gyro Sandwich. At right, Nicolai Chow, owner of Hummus. Bros. 
ELA LINDSAY/Acorn Newspapers GO GREEK—Above, a Big Boss Gyro Sandwich. At right, Nicolai Chow, owner of Hummus. Bros. ELA LINDSAY/Acorn Newspapers The next time you spend a day shopping at The Oaks mall and are hit by the urge to eat, check out Hummus Bros. in the downstairs food court.

It’ll be worth the walk to the end counter on the left, where you can get double the pleasure at one spot.

For example, despite its name, lovers of Greek and American food alike will find many things on the menu to please.

If you crave an authentic gyro sandwich, try the classic version or—my choice—the Big Boss, with Angus beef, grilled chicken breast, lamb or falafel, plus plenty of fresh lettuce and tomato with a yummy yogurt dill dressing and, if you think you can handle it, spicy hummus and hot sauce.

Or, if you’re in the mood for a good old hamburger or cheeseburger, you can opt for one of those. The beauty of the menu is that you can also choose among the Angus beef, grilled chicken or lamb for almost any dish.

Another double-the-pleasure bonus is that you can stick to your diet or indulge yourself. The variety makes it easy to bring the whole family or a bunch of friends with different tastes.

All the sandwiches and burgers come with a side. You can choose the french fries for a more decadent treat or pick the Greek salad or basmati rice instead.

There’s also a unique dish that can come as a side: crunchers with hummus. You can ask to sample them at the counter and, once you do, I’d be surprised if you didn’t want a whole bunch of these crispy little pita triangles that you can dip into the delicious hummus, regular or spicy.

If you feel like blowing your healthy-eating plan completely, I suggest you opt for the totally classic, fully loaded hand-cut fries or nachos topped with bacon, cheddar jack cheese and sour cream, plus your choice of beef, grilled chicken breast or lamb. These decadent dishes are big enough to share or you can take home whatever you can’t finish and get two meals for the price of one.

Hummus Bros. offers a variety of loaded fries, including the supreme feta option with tzatziki and crumbled feta. Of course, you’ll also be able to get a classic Greek salad, a meal in itself with red onions, tomatoes, pepperoncini, kalamata olives, crumbled feta, lettuce, and the house vinaigrette and tasty cucumber yogurt dill dressing. It comes with a half pita as well as your choice of beef, grilled chicken breast, lamb or falafel.

The simple, adaptive and delicious menu has been crafted by owner and chef Nicolai Chow, who studied Mediterranean cooking and restaurant management at the University of Hawaii. The 30-year-old restaurateur is part Chinese, Hawaiian, German, Italian and Greek. He had found success running a food franchise in Hawaii, where he lived before moving to this area.

When asked about the concept behind his newest fast-food restaurant, he said, “We’re trying not to be traditional Greek but to reach out to everyone.”

He also said he likes to create a festival feeling with his food and presentation, probably most notably in the loaded fries or nachos, which are served piled on a blue-checked paper background that makes them fun to look at and great to eat at the same time.

Open during mall hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., except Sundays when it’s open till 7 p.m., Hummus Bros. is the place for hungry shoppers and anyone who wants fresh healthy choices or who wants to treat themselves to the hilt with Greek or American goodies.

To go with this double-the-pleasure theme, Chow is offering 2-for-1 meals for Acorn readers. Also, ask about catering opportunities by calling him at (808) 561-5304.

For information, visit Hummus Bros. at Ste. FC5 in The Oaks mall at 382 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks; go to hummusbrothersgreek.com; or call (805) 558-6164.

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