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Meals By Genet--what to get?

I know there have been lots of posts on Ethiopian food on this board, but being a first-timer to Meals By Genet, I'm wondering what are some must-haves. Someone mentioned a salad of some kind here that was pretty fantastic. We'll be going there tonight and if we were to order just a couple items , what shouldn't we miss? thanks!

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  1. I was there 2 weeks ago, and had a fantastic experience. The waiters are incredibly knowledgeable. Basically, you get the vegetarian platter, which they then supplement with the other dishes. Probably my two favorites there are the chicken doro wat (chicken stew-excellent) and the steak tibs. We had the lamb "yebesiga alitcha" which was also good.

    Bottom line: all the ethiopian stuff is great, we had an amazing time. Enjoy!

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    1. re: btgordon

      i concur with btgordon: the vegetarian platter is a must.

      1. re: westsidegal

        Third. Also the lamb alitcha is out of this world.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          thanks a lot! i love lamb so that's good to hear. Anyone tried the Ethiopian salad yet? just wondering what that's all about.

          1. re: Augusta

            That comes on the veggie platter- when I went, we got a double portion of the salad. It isn't _that_ special; just romaine with an excellent, olive oil based dressing. Still, very good.

            Trust the waiters; they know what is good.

            1. re: Augusta

              actually, imho, the ethiopian salad served at rahel is superior to that served at meals by genet.

        2. re: btgordon

          Concur on the doro wat, and vegetarian platter -- you cannot go wrong, it'll be like a parade of deliciousness. I also suggest, that you get the Kitfo, if you like steak tartar, and you like it spicy, MbG make an excellent version. Enjoy!

        3. the food is great at MbGenet. That said, i'd avoid the weekendwhen it is supercrowded as I feel the kitchen gets overwhelmed.
          Second - they no longer serve the coffee ritual. If you want that, you need to go next door to Messob I believe. People hung around too long at Genet's and it was hard to turn over tables, or so the waiter explained to me.

          1. Veggie platter and chicken doro wat, of course.

            But my true favorite here is kitfo - raw beef, loaded up with glorious spices, and pounded I think with some... cracked wheat?... for that magically glooey texture.

            Foul is also excellent.

            Fried trout is simple, but perfect.

            Actually, there's not anything on the menu that ain't great.

            Honey wine goes shockingly (or unshockingly) well with the food.

            Still my favorite Ethiopian ever, by about four leagues.

            1. My brother, sister-in-law and I all love the vegan vegetarian combo. Yes, they make it all without butter and nobody misses it.