Hummus snack cups with pretzels was one thing, but brownie batter hummus clearly marked the moment we’d strayed too far.

No. 5: Crispy short rib hummus at Aba

Chef CJ Jacobson makes the only hummus I encountered that is served decidedly warm, but it’s all about the savory beef jus. The crisped shreds of short rib, soft grilled onions and splash of sherry simply gild the silky lily. $15.95. 302 N. Green St., ‭773-645-1400‬, abarestaurantchicago.com

No. 3: Hummus at Ema

They say the spicy hummus is one of the signature dishes at Jacobson’s first restaurant in Chicago. Having tasted both, I say get the original topped with crispy roasted chickpeas plus vegetable crudite and za’atar, the spice condiment. $8.95. 74 W. Illinois St., ‭312-527-5586‬, emachicago.com