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Dec 6, 2004 02:29 PM


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What's the best Ethiopian restaurant on Fairfax Ave.?

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  1. If you're interested: Listen to a recent review of an Ethiopian restaurant on Fairfax by J. gold of L.A. Weekly. Here's the link to KCRW's Good Food show.


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    1. re: elmomonster

      BTW, if you want to skip to the section about the Ethiopian restaurants fast forward to 8:49.

      1. re: elmomonster

        I suspect Gold didn't eat there...he mispronounces "foul" (fool) as "foul" (fowl). Although his choice was good. Meals by Genet is a really good place. Rosalind's is a good intor to Ethiopian, though- and you get a little more food for your buck. But Genet is an artist.

        1. re: wavewench

          I wouldn't call Rosalind's a good introduction, simply because the menu is much different than the typical doro wat/meat combo/veggie combo meal that appears on every typical ethiopian menu.

          I feel that in order to really appreciate LA Ethiopian food, you should start at Nyala. It's decent, basic fare in a friendly and fun environment. Eat there a few times to get accustomed to the flavors and textures.

          Then go to Rosalinds, and see how they do it differently. Finally go to Meals by Genet to taste what many people here feel is the best Ethiopian food in LA (though I have yet to try, but it's at the top of my list).

          Mr. Taster

          1. re: Mr. Taster

            Nyala's food comes froma different region of Ethiopia, and frankly, I find it less appealing. The flavors of Rosalind's are much bolder, which I personally prefer. Then again, my boyfriend likes Nyala. Meals by Genet is a guilty pleasure. The food takes Ethiopian to a different level, and she also does some fabulous European dishes-good if you have a friend who isn't into the wots.

            You'r right, though..the best way is to try each of them and find what you like best.

              1. re: therealbigtasty

                Merkato is the one I go to - I really like all their vegetarian dishes and their fried fish. Their honey wine is fantastic, although last time I went (a couple of months ago) they could not serve it since they lost their liquor license. I think they are waiting for it to be renewed. However, you can still buy it in their store.
                As mentioned, I would recommend trying several of the restaurants as it is really determined by a person's tastes.

            1. re: wavewench

              I really, really doubt that would review a restaurant he hasn't eaten at if he says he has.

              Pronunciation - like transliteration - of foreign words is always problematic. Maybe he's just pronouncing it in a way you aren't familiar with. I've heard it pronounced and spelled in different ways.

              1. re: wavewench

                My impression is that Gold is pretty careful with ethnic food names, so your comment piqued my curiosity. I just had a listen and heard "fool" (or "fuul"), exactly as it's pronounced in Egypt.

            2. This thread may serve to confuse you even more since no one has yet chosen the same restaurant.

              With all due respect to the venerable JGold (and equally venerable fellow CH ers), my vote goes to Merkato. More of a dive than the others, but they seem to have the largest number of Ethiopian clientele, and the food is fantastic and very reasonably priced.

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                Rich Gould-Saltman

                WE've eaten at almost every place on the Little Ethiopia strip, and based on the Weekly review, reently tried Genet's for the first time (actually, we ended up there because we took a wrong turn looking for the newly reopened Chameau!) I share the view that while it's more "formal" than the other places, the food is also better (I don't think the "high art" references are hyperbole), and the prices are roughly comparable to the other places. The Chowpup likes soupier doro wat though, for soaking up with more injera.


                1. the ethopian cabbie who drove me home from airport swears by messob...and i questioned him thoroughly, too. (the one i think i'm talking about is on the west side of fairfax)

                  1. Which ones serve the coffee with the burning incense on the side?

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                    1. re: Jerome

                      I think it's Merkato.

                      If I have the name wrong, it's the restaurant that has the attached Ethiopian goods store.

                      1. re: Joe MacBu

                        Correcto-mundo, Joe. It is indeed Merkato serving the coffee/incense. Attached shop has some interesting items (Ethiopian music, statues, clothing accessories). Worth a quick look-see next time you eat there....