I had a favorite restaurant when I went to school in New Haven, CT, called Cafe Adulis. It was Ethiopean/Eritrean food and the place was never empty.
I probably crave it once a week still, but I don't know where to go in SF. One of my friends tried some Ethiopean food in SF and left sadly disappointed.
Anyone have suggestions? I'd prefer a restaurant that serves meat...lamb, chicken, steak (I hear some Ethiopean restaurants are mainly vegetarian).
I've never seen a mostly-vegetarian Ethiopian restaurant, but Orthodox Christian Ethiopians have many, many fasting days, so it's not surprising to see a good selection of vegetarian dishes on the menu.
I have not been to this restaurant, so I can't vouch for the food, but it's in my neighborhood and the only Eritrean location I can recall seeing. It looks pretty clean and authentic, so I thought you might be interested. It's called New Eritrea Restaurant, and is located at 907 Irving street in between 10th & 11th.
To be quite honest I've never even had Eritrean food, but please let us know how it went if you happen to go. I hope to check it out some day. Chow!
re: Nancy Reyes
I've eaten at New Eritrea, but it was a few years ago. I liked it, but to be quite honest I don't think I have ever been out to an Ethiopean/Eritrean place and not enjoyed it. Other ones in SF I have liked are Massawa on Haight near GG Park, Axum on Haight in the Lower Haight neighborhood, and Cafe Ethiopia on Valencia. That last one I have enjoyed quite a few times, and has the added benefit of being dirt cheap.
Massawa is the most widely reccomended in SF, I think, but that may be a Zagat's phenomenon...
My office had its Christmas party last December at Rasselas Jazz Club. This was my introduction to Ethiopian food, so I don't know if this is a good representation, but I liked it. We had both mammals (chicken/beef) and vegetables, and I enjoyed it all.
My husband, OTOH, kept wanting a plate and a fork.
Rasselas is only open for dinner; they're located on California Street.
I've only had Eritean/Ethiopian food once at the Blue Nile in Berkeley, but I liked what I had there.
Sounds like you're after Ethiopian in general, but if you are particularly interested in Eritrean, there is a place in Oakland with Eritrean proprieters, Café Eritrea d'Afrique, on Telegraph Ave. between 40th and 41st. (It is only 1 1/2 blocks from the MacArthur BART station as well.) I have not been in several years, so I can't vouch for its current quality, but it was good in the past. There are several Ethiopian places in Berkeley and Oakland, and a reasonable-sized population of Ethiopian and Eritrean immigrants in the East Bay.