Monday, December 20, 2010

Little Ethiopia

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.

Addis Ethiopian

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.

Addis Ethiopian

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.

Addis Ethiopian

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.

Addis Ethiopian

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.

Addis Ethiopian

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.

Rahel Ethiopian

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.

Rahel Ethiopian 

These restaurants are both great. If you ever find yourself in the Little Ethiopia neighborhood, I strongly suggest checking them out.

Addis Ethiopian
1025 South Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019-4402
(323) 965-1025

Rahel Ethiopian
1047 S. Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 937-8401

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Erica said...

What a neat spot! Definitely looks like they have something for everyone- and totally unique dishes!

vanillasugarblog said...

wow petite chef is really after you momma.
i love when you do posts like this.
what kind of texture did the vegan cheesecake have?

lynn said...

i'm glad to hear about addis! i am actually taking my whole family to little ethiopia for dinner one night in january and will file that away under a possibility. how is the ambiance?

La Bella Cooks said...

You are so lucky to have such great places around you to try ethnic foods. Such unique dishes and sounds fabulous. Are you planning to recreate these at home?

Joanne said...

I have yet to find a really good Ethiopian restaurant in NYC and it's so tragic! Maybe I"ll just have to go visit you. All of this sounds delicious!

Kelly said...

Yum. I would LOVE to eat there. It looks so unique and flavorful.

Esi said...

Thanks everyone!

Dawn, the cheesecake was kind of crunchy which was fine for the crust, but a bit odd for the actual cheesecake part.

Actor's Diet, Addis has a nice calm atmosphere like most of the other restaurants in the area. Service can be slow, so give yourself lots of time!

Bridgett, for now I'm fine with going out to satisfy my craving. Most of the restaurants are inexpensive too.

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

This looks like a wonderful dinner out! I would love to try all of these flavors of Ethiopia!

Diana said...

Raw beef with cottage cheese and greens? Yep, definitely not my taste. I'm impressed you were all game for the... err.. challenge?

Alicia Foodycat said...

I've still never tried Ethiopian food! It looks good!