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Ethiopian in West LA?

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

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  1. Fassica on Washington near the Sony Studios.

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    1. re: Eat_Nopal

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

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

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      1. re: westsidegal

        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

          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

            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

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

              1. re: glutton

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

                1. re: glutton

                  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

            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!

          3. 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.

            http://www.industrycafeandjazz.com/

            INDUSTRY CAFE
            6039 W WASHINGTON BLVD
            CULVER CITY 90232

              1. re: duckduckgoose

                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

                  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.

                2. 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. 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

                      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)