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Ethiopean - Berkeley/Oakland?

I love good Ethiopean food - but have not had any for years. I have seen the various restaurants on Telegraph but I have a feeling that none of them are very good. Can anyone recommend one?

Thanks!
Eva

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  1. Cafe Colucci on Telegraph or Messob on Piedmont.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I third a vote for Colucci. Get the fried potatoes as an appetizer and the shrimp tibs. :-)

    1. My favorite spot in Oakland is Cafe Colucci. By no means am I an expert, but it's the best Ethiopian food I've had anywhere.

      Messob was pretty good the the one time I tried it, but maybe a step down from Colucci.

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      Messob
      4301 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

      Cafe Colucci
      6427 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

      1. Why do you have a "feelng" that none of them are very good? The Telegraph area is the closest thing to a "Little Ethiopia/Eritrea" I have seen in an American city. I like Cafe Colucci, Red Sea is okay, has a lunch buffet. Addis has a line on weekends.

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        1. re: oaktowngirl

          Apparently the only other US city with a lot of good Ethiopian food is Washington DC. But the places in Oakland, while they vary in quality, are pretty authentic, in that the seem to be run by recent immigrants from Ethiopia/Eritrea.

          Enssaro on Grand has gotten some raves recently -- it's next on my list.

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          Enssaro
          366 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Enssaro is very popular (and Yelpers seem to love it), but I was not impressed the one time I went (about a year ago). The food was OK, but none of it was memorable. Don't know if anything has changed since my visit.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              I had a very good meal at Ensarro the other night - we ordered the special kitfo raw and spicy, and it was really, really good. Definitely spicier than I've had it at other places, but cooled down by the creaminess of the Ethiopian cheese. Doro wat was great, with really flavorful and tender chicken. Lamb tibs were really good as well. We rounded it out with a few veg dishes, which were all good, but their meat dishes are the ones that stand out for me.

              1. re: oaktowngirl

                Thanks for the recommendations. I remember, I did go to one twice (the one at Telegraph and Russell) and it was not very good. I guess I said I have a feeling that they are not good because I have previously researched this, and it seemed to be there not one standing out is being really good. I will try Cafe Colucci then - thank you.

                1. re: evacarleton

                  Ethiopia, at Telegraph near Russell (close to Ashby) is very close to my house, has a nice outdoor area in case the weather ever gets better. The food is not spectacular, however they were very accommodating to specific dietary requests and for larger groups. Very nice people.

                  Cafe Colucci has good food, is more crowded, and is very noisy inside. They have outdoor tables -- fronting on Telegraph Avenue, though.

                  So we usually prefer the calmer atmosphere at Ethiopia.

                  Best food, I think, is Finfine.

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                  Finfine
                  2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

                  Cafe Colucci
                  6427 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

                  Ethiopia Restaurant
                  2955 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA

              2. Another good one to try is Finfine in Berkeley -- on Telegraph at Carleton, in the same complex as Fondu Fred. Small, but really good food.

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                1. re: escargot3

                  Personally I like Finfine.
                  The Ethiopian women who are wonderful Nursing Assistants at the place in which my aged mother resides prefer their own home cooking; however they usually recommend Addis.
                  The Ethiopian phlebotomist at the Blood Bank also likes Addis, although he told me "they're really all about the same."

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                  Finfine
                  2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

                  Addis
                  6100 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

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