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Feb 11, 2008 10:05 PM

Is there such a thing as an upscale Ethiopian restaurant?

I've been to a 12 course Thai fusion restaurant, crazy good high class Indian fusion restaurants and prix fixe Mexican restaurants. I've yet to eat at a high class Ethiopian restaurant, generally the places I go are divey, but excellent. Are there any fancy Ethiopian restraurants or such a thing as Ethiopian fusion?

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  1. If you are ever in Washington, DC try Zed's. Food is good, not divey at all, and I would consider it more upscale without the "upscale" prices....

    Zed's Ethiopian Cuisine
    1201 28th St NW, Washington, DC 20007

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    1. re: MacArthur Mike

      Zed's is nice and a more white linen place than others, just not the best anymore (but they do have pictures of Hillary eating there in the early 90's)

      porky: when I lived in SF, the problem was the restauranteurs were so strictly Coptic, that half the menu was not offered on most nights.

    2. In the Detroit area, the Blue Nile restaurants (one in Ferndale, one in Ann Arbor) are not divey.

      1. In L.A., I think "Meals By Genet" qualifies. . .

        r gould-saltman
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        1. Le Nile Bleu in Montreal has a sister restaurant which I feel is jungle-chic. Lots of low lighting, gorgeous plants to decorate - just gorgeous atmosphere. I feel it is upscale without being something it is not.

          Also their cocktails are wonderful! :)

          1. Fusion? There bleedin' oughta be, but I don't think there are yet. When I buy injera for home use (we're lucky to have scads of Ethiopian markets nearby) I use them to eat everything from my own versions of Ethiopian, to curries, and even plain cottage cheese. Anything they serve at a kebab house could be eaten with injera. Enterpreneurial chefs, can you step up and give it a try?

            Upscale - yeah, I'm used to seedy rooms with missing ceiling tiles and decor leftover from the previous owner. But just opened in Arlington VA is Meaza (5440 Columbia Pike) with a large and elegant dining room, stylishly decorated in lovely wood, a place I would not hesitate to take a respected guest.

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            1. re: wayne keyser

              I think an Ethipoian fusion restaurant would take off if done well here in SF, Portland or Seattle. I love the seedy Ethiopian restaurants here too because I can eat great food for under ten bucks but I think it would be interesting if regional chefs could put a twist on the cuisine.

              1. re: wayne keyser

                hey wayne, what is the cross street on columbia?

                1. re: alkapal

                  Forgot - it's just a couple blocks East of Rte 7 (before you get as far East as Carlin Springs). On the North side of Columbia Pike, next thing down from the strip that has Circuit City in it.

                2. re: wayne keyser

                  Have you been there yet? I'd love to find an Ethiopian place where I actually got my food before everyone who came in after me.