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Ethiopian in West LA?

spressogeek Nov 28, 2006 11:39 PM

ive read many previous posts about ethiopian food, mainly on/off fairfax / pico. any suggestions for the westside?

  1. Eat_Nopal Nov 28, 2006 11:41 PM

    Fassica on Washington near the Sony Studios.

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    1. re: Eat_Nopal
      westsidegal Nov 29, 2006 02:02 AM

      imho, not fassica is not nearly as good as rahel or meals by genet.

    2. westsidegal Nov 29, 2006 02:02 AM

      the best of them are on the fairfax strip south of olympic.

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      1. re: westsidegal
        Eat_Nopal Nov 29, 2006 02:29 AM

        Oh, oh... are you going to disagree with the alphadog? You know "his big find" in the Culver City leg of his Chowing America tour was Fassica right?

        1. re: Eat_Nopal
          Das Ubergeek Nov 29, 2006 03:19 AM

          I'm sure he enjoyed it, but it's not by far the best Ethiopian in the city -- and given that Olympic and Fairfax is maybe a 15-minute drive (if you know what you're doing) from Fassica, well...

          I like it... and it's the ONLY Ethiopian on the Westside, good or bad... but it's not worth the extra schlep to Culver City for me.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek
            Eat_Nopal Nov 29, 2006 03:51 AM

            Yeah its pretty good... and pretty good Ethiopan is better than most restaurants around Culver City / Mar Vista... so if you are in the neighborhood you can't go wrong... but I agree Messob & company are quite a bit better.

            1. re: Eat_Nopal
              glutton Nov 29, 2006 02:29 PM

              Messob is definitely the way to go. Much better than Nyala and better than Fassica IMO.

              1. re: glutton
                Eat_Nopal Nov 29, 2006 03:45 PM

                But its not in WLA... which is the original question.

                1. re: glutton
                  Das Ubergeek Nov 29, 2006 04:00 PM

                  And Meals by Genet is better than all of the above, but it's in Mid-City along with every other Ethiopian restaurant except Fassica (Culver City) and Merhaba (Anaheim).

          2. re: westsidegal
            abaraff Nov 29, 2006 11:20 PM

            Fairfax blvd is the best place you can find a good number of them right next to each other. My favorite is Marie's! Excellent service and prices!

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            ks in la Nov 29, 2006 04:04 PM

            I haven't been yet, but there's another Culver City restaurant serving Ethiopian or East African food. I think it was reviewed in the LA Times a few months back.


            INDUSTRY CAFE
            6039 W WASHINGTON BLVD
            CULVER CITY 90232

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              duckduckgoose Nov 29, 2006 07:48 PM

              But anything around Santa Monica?


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              1. re: duckduckgoose
                Das Ubergeek Nov 29, 2006 09:16 PM

                No, nothing in or around Santa Monica -- Culver City is the closest. With a few notable exceptions, the Westside is not a destination for authentic "ethnic" dining. For that you need to head to less, er, massively overpriced areas such as lower Mid-City, the SFV and the SGV.

                1. re: duckduckgoose
                  cplourde Jan 6, 2007 03:04 PM

                  Nothing in Santa Monica since Red Sea closed.

                  Messob is better than Fassica, but that doesn't make Fassica bad. We think of it as the "local" place.

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                  readwrite222 Jan 6, 2007 05:13 AM

                  Dude, you live near the best Ethiopian restaurant in the United States, make the drive! If you lived in NY or Chicago or Seattle, you would have to fly into LAX AND drive all the way to Fairfax to get the best. You just have to get in your car. Meals by Genet.

                  1. westsidegal Jan 6, 2007 09:05 AM

                    the only ethiopian other than fassica that is not located on fairfax is ibex, which is located in inglewood on la brea.

                    i went there once, and had an enjoyable veggie platter.

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                    1. re: westsidegal
                      westsidegal Mar 5, 2007 12:10 PM

                      went back to ibex on saturday and had a delicious green lentil salad.
                      be forewarned, however, even though the food is good and the portions generous and the price low, this is a hole-in-the-wall.
                      they have a 'b" rating.
                      (this doesn't bother me, though)

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