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Mar 20, 2008 07:44 PM

Tana in Pittsburgh (Ethiopian)

Has anybody been here before? I've been to Abay numerous times and think it's pretty good although I haven't been to other ethiopian spots in major cities (NYC, LA, etc).

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  1. I grabbed some takeout for lunch a few weeks ago. I basically had a veggie sampler and it was pretty good. The green bean dish was unfortunately made from canned, army-green beans!!! If you know Ethiopian you'd probably agree it isn't the best cuisine to-go!
    The restaurant itself is very pleasant. I'd recommend giving it a try. I haven't been to Abay in quite some time - still good?

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    1. re: 42duffy

      yeah, Abay is still good. The menu doesn't change much, but I haven't had anything bad there. I like the BYOB option. I may hit Tana when they get honey wine (although given Penn's idiotic liquor laws, I'm not holding my breath)

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      1. God, I don't know if the other people posting are talking about another place, but the Tana I've been to was terrible. Under-spiced, bland, with poor service. The injera was also too spongy and not sour-dough enough.
        Abay is, in my opinion, by far the superior Ethiopian place.
        Not to mention, the pumpkin sambusas for desert at Abay are heavenly. I'd go there over Tana just for them.

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          1. I've now been to Abay at least a dozen times, and Tana 3 or 4 times. I have to say that as excited as I was by the arrival of a second Ethiopean place, Tana is underwhelming. It's just... OK. To me, Abay is simply tastier. That said, I've met people who think that Tana is just right, and Abay is too salty.

            Tana has a liquor license, but they don't use it for anything other than a tiny, boring list of bottled beers and standard liquor. Abay is BYOB, which means that anything that's available at the large state store across the street can land on your table.

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            1. re: jacktanner

              I have been to Tana a few times this past two weeks, and I know for a fact that they have the Ethiopian honey wine (Tej) that my friends and I enjoyed with our dinner. The food was very tasty and it reminded me of other great ethiopian restaurants I had frequented in NY, DC and LA. I was very impressed with their service and thier genuine expression of concern for the comfort of us.On our first visit we persumed they were BYOB and we took our own wine and they welocmed us. They have a minimal charge for corkage and considering the quality of food and the atrmosphere it was worth the visit. I highly recommend Tana to anyone who is seeking a full service authentic ethiopian restaurant in Pittsburgh. I had been to Abay numereous times although the environment is pleasant they still have not captured the true flavor of Ethiopian cuisine.