I just ate in San Diego at Red Sea Ethiopian restaurant and it was so so good. i'm excited to try a restaurant here in Los Angeles. Any strong rec's with dishes i must must try?
i had the injera bread with a spicy lentil, cabbage and collard greens. it was yummy, but i'm hoping to expand my palate.
thanks for the thoughts!
I'm also fan of Meals by Genet. I'd recommend the Dorowat (it takes days to prepare this multidimentional tasting chicken stew, and it's delish). I also really liked the Kitfo, a very spicy raw beef dish, which I actually thought was raw tuna when it was served because the color was that deep beautiful almost burgundy color. Now Das Ubergeek says (below) that it's actually a dessert, I don't recall it listed that way, we ordered it as a main dish, and it was delicious. The Vegetarian combo is really good too, I loved the fact that all of the portions had different tastes, sometimes you get a combo like this and everything tastes kind of the same, this was not a concern at Meals by Genet. Enjoy.
Not at all an expert, but I too have really enjoyed by encounters wityh Ethipian food -- beginning with the Red Sea in Washington DC. Whenever I've eaten Ethiopian, it's always been served on injera and I always make sure I get a lot of extra on the side. The two places I've eaten at on Fairfax in Little Ethiopida are Nyala and Mesob's. I like Nyala because it is large and can easily accomodate big-get togethers of friends and also gives my two v. young rug-rats room to scamper/crawl a bit. Messob is a smaller with a bit more of a fun, local "look at this hole-in-the-wall I just discovered" feel and the staff is v. friendly -- some people say it's better. I like them both.
In terms of specific ordering recommendations -- chicken tibs is my go-to dish (a bit less stewy than a lot of the dishes). Other than that, generally just ask the wait-staff for recommendations and go with that as I still don't know my way around the cuisine that well.
Absolutely Meals by Genet. I don't like doro wat -- it just doesn't do it for me -- but get the vegetable combination and a lamb dish (tibs, wat or alicha, doesn't matter) -- it's absolutely fantastic. And get kitfo for dessert (yes, it's raw meat tossed with spiced butter, and yes, it sounds weird, and yes, it really is dessert -- and very, very tasty).
Rahel Vegan Cuisine is another good option.
If you're in Orange County, the only Ethiopian place I know of is actually Eritrean, called Merhaba, on Ball Rd. and Dale Ave. in Anaheim, practically in Stanton. It's a total hole in the wall but the food is good and much better for not having to drive to Fairfax.
Me, I prefer Rahel. More affordable, vegetarian, and yummy. I reccomend the Hudade Combo or special Combo. She is the only one who makes teff injera.
Messob is also good. Nice wots, and also a selection of interesting meats and veggie dishes.
Oddly, Rahel used to own Messob before she decided to try an all veggie place
gotta agree with your assessment of Rahel.
of all the places on fairfax, it's definitely my favorite.
without a doubt, her injera is the best in town.
her shiro also has the best flavor.
i'd advise, the next time you go, to ask for some awazay: it's a red pepper based condiment that is delicious.