I've recently had several opportunities to dine in the neighborhood just south of where I live called Little Ethipoia. It's named this as it's the largest Ethiopian community west of Adams Morgan in DC. I've now tried three different restaurants in the area and have had a good experience at all of them. Most recently was a newer addition to the street called Addis Ethiopian. The night my group visited Addis was our lucky night. We were the only five people in the restaurant!! We ended up ordering quite a few things on the menu so we got to taste a bit of everything.
The veggie plate was varied and full of interesting flavors. I couldn't place what each item was, but everything tasted delicious.
Beef with jalapenos and onions (Awaze Tibbs) wasn't as saucy as I thought it would be given the description, but it added a nice heat to the meal. I wish the meat had been cooked a little bit less, but it was still good.
The lamb stew (Kiay Wot) was one of the favorite dishes of the evening. The sauce was subtly spicy and flavorful. I'm sure I could eat bowl after bowl-full of this over rice.
Assa or fried fish was good and reminded me of Ghanian cuisine. I wish it had come with a sauce, but it was light in comparison to some of the other dishes and a welcome change for our palates.
When we ordered the Liyu Kitfo, the waitress brought out the cook to make sure we were sure that was what we wanted. Raw beef with greens and "cottage cheese" may not be a dish for everyone, but we were all game to try it. It wasn't my favorite, but definitely interesting to try.
Before my trip to Addis, I visited Rahel which is completely vegan. At first I was worried about a bunch of overcooked vegetables in sauce, but I quickly realized I needn't have feared. Everything was cooked perfectly and was really flavorful. Three of us shared a veggie platter for two and it was the perfect amount of food for what we wanted that night.
Even though it had a strange texture, I was sort of addicted to the vegan cheesecake. I think it had a lot to do with the strawberry topping.
These restaurants are both great. If you ever find yourself in the Little Ethiopia neighborhood, I strongly suggest checking them out.
1025 South Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019-4402
1047 S. Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019