Yalla Organic Hummus & Grill, Fairfield

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The Middle Eastern offerings at Yalla Organic Hummus & Grill in Fairfield offers are colorful, unique and flavorful.

The story

Marcia Calisman, a health coach, her husband, chef Ronen Yur, and their son, Idan Mitchel, opened Yalla in 2018. The restaurant features built-to-order bowls, wraps, pita and salads. Customers choose their hummus — options include traditional as well as a turmeric-carrot variety — a protein and toppings. For proteins, there are multiple falafel offerings, chicken shawarma, shakshuka and more. Toppings include tabbouleh, Israeli and beet salad and baba ghanoush. Mitchel says the build-your-own style is inspired by his mother’s experience as a health coach and allows the restaurant to cater to any dietary need.

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The visit

“For us, every meal has to be very vibrant,” Mitchel says. “My mom always says that your meal should look like a rainbow.” Whether eating chicken shawarma, tasting one of the hummuses, or indulging in halvah, a fudge-esque dessert made from sesame paste, we’ve been consistently impressed with the Mediterranean-by-way-of-Israel flavors featured here. There are many excellent Middle Eastern restaurants in the state, but Yalla offers some of the most colorful, unique and flavorful options around.

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Idan Mitchel, owner of Yalla Organic Hummus & Grill.

Eat in or take out?

While Yalla has some limited indoor seating and ample outdoor seating for those who want to eat on-premise, carry-out business has always been the restaurant’s focus. We’ve opted for takeout or delivery during our trips. Yalla works with all the major delivery services in Fairfield and surrounding towns, and the food carries well. 


Yalla Organic Hummus & Grill

222 Post Road, Fairfield

203-292-8822, yallaorganicfood.com

Open for lunch and dinner daily

This article appears in the October 2020 issue of Connecticut MagazineYou can subscribe to Connecticut Magazine here, or find the current issue on sale hereSign up for our newsletter to get our latest and greatest content delivered right to your inbox. Have a question or comment? Email editor@connecticutmag.com. And follow us on Facebook and Instagram @connecticutmagazine and Twitter @connecticutmag.

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