Considering when I think of anything Ethiopian, I think of parking garages, flies and raw meat; I wasn't really sure what to expect. Spicy? Salty? Heartburn?
Luckily, both my sister and I are too hungry at any point in time to be closed-minded. We went, ate with our hands and loved it every second - raw meat and all.
It's been about a year since our first fly-free Ethiopian feast, so we were craving the next dose. We were also hoping to not have to trek it out in this insane heatwave to U St. for some kitfo too. Luckily, Meaza was closeby.
Not only was the food amazing, the portions were huge and the place was really nice. Like - not just devoid of flies - but a place you would go for dinner and not look like a shlub. Oh, and it was packed. On a Monday!
|Kitfo, tibs, tomato salad and homemade cheese|
Here's some easy choices if you're trying it out for the first time:
Sambusa - A deep fried pockety thing filled with lentils, onions and green peppers. A lot like the Indian samosa.
Kitfo - OK, this is not for the faint-hearted but it is deeee-licious. Raw ground beef flavored with traditional spices. Not really "heat" spicy and usually served with a mild cheese.
Tibs - This is what I normally order in lamb form. Basically just diced meat sauteed with onions, green peppers and garlic.
Doro wot - A red-colored stew with chicken, hard-boiled egg flavored with red pepper, onions and garlic.
Don't be scared little ones, you'll probably like it. And plus, eating with your hands is messy fun.
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