4/16/2013 10:04:00 AM

Artisans in Austin: the Mediterranean Chef

The Mediterranean Chef is best-known for Grandma’s Humus, a thick, tangy hummus made with organic garbanzo beans that owner Nikki Kaya started selling long ago at farmers’ markets in town. You’ve probably seen it at Central Market, Whole Foods and HEB, among other places. Kaya emigrated from Istanbul to Austin in 1995, and though she is an engineer by trade, she took French culinary classes and parlayed her mother and grandmother’s recipes into a business.

Unbeknownst to most of Austin, the Mediterranean Chef also has a storefront and cafĂ©, tucked into the Brentwood neighborhood off 2222 and Aurora. Stop in at the sparse but welcoming space for a gyro, meat pie with grass-fed beef or a flaky, pecan-filled piece of baklava. Or, like us, just load up on Grandma’s Hummus, which has been said to be worth its weight in gold.


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