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Best Ethiopian Food in LA ?

Looking for a good place for Ethiopian food in LA to take my friend who will be experiencing it for the first time. The only Ethiopian restaurant I have been to is Nyala. I enjoyed the food but I felt that the portions were quite small and we ended up spending almost 100 per couple with drinks. I' m look for good quality, decent portions, and a place that won't dry up my wallet.

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  1. if you can do this as a weekday lunch meal, AND if you are open to eating ethiopian vegan food, then get the lunch special at rahel. the special is a combination plate of several of their dishes, and when you finish the plate, if you are still hungry, they will serve you more food for no addtional money.

    the lunch special is about $8/pp as i recall. fantastic deal.

    irrc, rahel only has a beer and wine license.

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    1. re: westsidegal

      I will actually be going for Lunch Sunday. I wonder if they have specials for the weekend?

      1. re: karynx78

        the prices at rahel are low even at their 'regular' prices.

    2. Rahel is the way to go! I am a card carrying carnivore and dairy lover and this vegan meal is one of the best Ethiopian food I've had in years. the 2 person dinner special is $30 and has WAY to much food for two, and lets you sample most about everything they make.

      1. I've always done well with Meals by Genet. When my brother and I go, we usually split the veg plate, a salad and the lamb, and it's all delicious. (Seriously, at night, sometimes I dream about the salad...). All in, I don't think we're usually much over $50 with plenty to take home.

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        1. re: sidwich

          meals by genet is not open for lunch, the op is going for lunch

        2. 100 per couple? I'm interested to know what you ordered. My SO and I go to Nyala often and are always amazed by how low our bill is, and we're pretty hearty eaters. We almost always get the mixed veg. combo and either the mixed meat combo or a shrimp tibs, that and 4 premium beers and we're still in the neighborhood of 50 bucks with very full bellies and food going back to the kitchen.

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          1. Rahel is my preferred, but Meals by Genet isn't bad either.

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            1. re: Emme

              meals by genet would only be possible if they change the time they are going.

            2. recently had a not-so-great experience at merkato, down on fairfax near the other recommendations. though it's well-reviewed on yelp, the service was very slow (more than an hour for our meals) and our beef was very tough, although the veggie dishes were quite tasty. we wished we'd tried the lamb, which looked good.

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              1. re: saffron_rice

                when i went to merkato, i, too, had a not-so-great experience. their fish was sub-par: too old.

                1. re: saffron_rice

                  I was considering merkato because I read some good reviews about it. I'm just wondering if it would still be slow service if I go for lunch at around 1pm.... maybe dinner service is quite busy and food takes longer to prepare?

                  1. re: karynx78

                    fwiw, any authentic ethiopian restaurant is likely to have a very different idea about what constitutes 'good service' from that of most americans.

                2. Having been to a lot of the Fairfax strip places, my favorite has to be Rosalind's. Love the awaze tibs, yedoro wot, kitfo, all the vegetarian dishes.... Mmmm....... I'm getting hungry.

                  Also, I'm with everyone else--what the hell did you spend $50/person on at Nyala? Did you each have four top shelf cocktails or something?

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                  1. re: daftpunkxl

                    We had our first LA Ethiopian experience at Rosalind's today, after walking up and down the street and getting vibes from all the places. I think our choice was a really good one. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly, and answered all of our questions in a clear and straightforward manner. We shared the appetizer plate and the lamb stew - don't remember what it was called, and alas they have no paper to-go menus there - and it was all very good indeed, and gave compelling reasons to go back. The trick with using the injera bread (does this remind anyone else of Schlotzky's over-raised sourdough?) to grab and convey food to one's mouth presented no problem at all, and in fact added to our delight in leaving our fingers redolent of the delightful flavors for the rest of the day. What a pleasant way to eat! We will certainly be back.