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recommendations in little ethiopia

We're visiting LA and noticed little ethipopia diriving on fairfax. wondering which of the restaurants are recommended and any particular dishes. I've only had ethipian once and just remember a kind of stew and the injera bread. We may have a child with us so if there are any that are good for kids or bad for kids pls also mention
BTW we had an amazing meal in hatfields earlier this week. mix of flavors is creative nad works. i was really surprised to see some empty tables - guess the economy is that bad

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  1. There are so many restaurants there... but I stick to Merkato. It's there for a long time, it's simple and really good. :)

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    1. re: gado_gado

      Second for Merkato. The vegetarian combination platter is always a standard at our table... I also like the trout and others give a plus to the chicken wot and chicken tibbs. (i don't eat meat, but dining buds have been much less enthusiastic towards the beef dishes and generally eat chicken or vegetarian selections).

      They also accommodated my friend's 3 year old with scrambled eggs. he was a trooper and tried both the lentils and yellow smashed peas ...vetoed the lentils but a mini thumbs-up for the peas- he likes yellow ;-)

      http://www.ethiopianmerkato.com/

      1. re: gado_gado

        I've noticed a tendency (unfortunate to this heat-lover) to tone down the fire at the SFBA Ethiopians; when they first started appearing almost 30 years ago, hot meant hot.

        What about LA Ethiopian places?

        Thanks.

      2. 1.the child would need to be an experimental eater, since most ethiopian food is unlike the normal stuff that is fed to american children in texture, in appearance, and in flavor.

        2. imho the best of the ethiopian restaurants are awash (on pico, not on fairfax), rahel (vegan), and meals by genet.

        3. go in knowing, that the ethiopian idea of what constitutes 'good service' is somewhat slower than the american idea of the same.

          1. There are lots of threads on this, but I like Meals By Genet and Rahel. Nyala is maybe the most kid-friendly one (I have a 19-month-old) but westsidegal is right, you need to a) make sure they will eat Ethiopian style with no utensils, and that spiced (not necessarily spicy) food is OK. Also if your kids are the kind who act up unless they get food right away, go for Nyala (they serve a complimentary hummus-type thing when you sit down) or be very explicit when you are seated that you need something quickly.

            1. I live in the neighborhood but dont go to Ethopian that much. Having said that, I have tried all the restaurants and I have to say Messob is by far the best choice. If you have a child with you, they must be open to trying new foods because Ethopian is unlike anything to be compared with.