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Injera - Ethiopian Bread in NJ/NYC

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I love Injera - the fluffy Ethiopian bread. We pick up packets of Injera in Adams Morgan during our visits to Washington, DC. Anyone know of places in NJ or NYC that just sell Injera that you can eat at home?

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  1. There's a good Ethiopian restaurant in New Brunswick and the name escapes me. However, I am sure they'd let you buy some injera as takeout. At places like that, you usually just need to ask.

    For what it's worth, it's not that hard to make.

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    1. re: glutton

      Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant
      338 George St
      New Brunswick

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      Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant
      338 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

      1. re: arpad

        This post got me thinking about Ethiopian food, so we went to Makeda on Sunday. The meal was pretty good, though pricier than we anticipated. I'm used to Ethiopian meals that are reasonably priced, but this one worked out to about $25 per person for two appetizers, an entree (meat + two sides), and a diet coke. If we had each gotten an appetizer, it would have cost $30-35 per person. The food was good, especially the doro wat and fit fit. Their injera ws very good, though I wish it had been served warm (not cool). All in all, it was a fine meal, but we vowed to return for lunch on Mon-Sat, when they run lunch specials.

        For what it's worth, the restaurant was completely dead for lunch on Sunday. There were two tables taken and there was no atmosphere. That didn't bother me, but I can see some others complaining about that.

        1. re: glutton

          I love Makeda, but granted, it's the only Ethiopian restaurant I've tried so I can't compare. When I worked in NB I went for lunch often, and the lunch specials are great - I either get the vegetarian special or one of the wraps.

          I'm not surprised it was quiet on Sunday afternoon - NB tends to be pretty quiet on Sunday in general. If you (or anyone) are looking for a livelier time, Friday and Saturday nights it's usually hoppin' and they have live music. Of course, service is sometimes slow...but we never mind cause we love the food and the company.

          Mmmm, now I need to go.

          1. re: mickeygee

            I've probably been to a half dozen ethiopian restaurants in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago, so I have some room for comparison. The food at Makeda compares pretty favorably. The portions were a bit skimpier than some of the other places and the prices were higher, but the quality of the food was fairly comparable. The service was slow at Makeda, but it was slow at every other Ethiopian restaurant I've been to (incredibly slow at a couple of them). I've been told that the slow service is a result of the way the food is prepared and cultural norms about not rushing diners, allowing them to relax, etc.

            I wish Makeda had Ethiopian beer -- it goes perfectly with the food.

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            Los Angeles Cafe
            4300 Bergenline Ave, Union City, NJ 07087

          2. re: glutton

            I went to Makeda a couple times about 10 years ago and stopped going back when I realized it was basically bland Indian food at twice the cost.

      2. Mesob in Montclair

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        Mesob Restaurant
        515 Bloomfield Ave Ste 1, Montclair, NJ 07042

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        1. re: harrison

          Been hearing a lot of excellent things about this place. Every person I know who has gone has liked it very much. Looking forward to going very soon. I passed by it last night...it was crowded.

        2. Yes, I have gotten it at Makeda--although it is more expensive than what you would pick up in Adams Morgan. We too always stock up when we are in DC. There must be small groceries or people who sell from their home in the area, but I've yet to find them. The people who own Mesob are Eritrean (whereas I believe Makeda is owned by a Nigerian), so they might be able to point you to a grocery or individual who sells it.

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          Mesob Restaurant
          515 Bloomfield Ave Ste 1, Montclair, NJ 07042

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          1. re: SunnyD

            Someone hating on Nigerians owning restaurants? :) You definitely can not beat what is in Adams Morgan.

          2. There's also Harrar Cafe in South Orange...I have to admit that I haven't been there since they moved from West Orange, but the food in W.O. was terrific and far more reasonably priced than Makeda...

            www.harrarcafe.com

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            1. re: Curlz

              Anyone been to Mesob in Montclair recently? Can you recommend what to try?

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              Mesob Restaurant
              515 Bloomfield Ave Ste 1, Montclair, NJ 07042

              1. re: Curlz

                We actually have two Ethiopian places in SO. There is also Lalibela on Irvington Ave. (about a 1/2 mile up from the intersection with SO Ave.), which is a small, homey place. I prefer their food to Harrar, which is still OK.

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