Moved here recently from Chicago and I'm jonessing for some great Ethiopian food like my old neighborhood had in abundance. What are you favorite places?
There is this hole-in-the-wall place on 20th St near Rittenhouse whose name escapes me that people seem to like. While I thought the owner was a really nice guy, I was less impressed by the food, as it seemed a bit heavy and greasy to me. But not having eaten Ethiopian food elsewhere, it's hard to put it into perspective. However, I think there are very few Ethiopian places in town...
That's Almaz Cafe. It's not really a hole in the wall to me, but it is disguised as a regular coffeeshop. I ate there once and thought it was ok, but that was a long time ago. I don't remember it being greasy but I don't think I ate any meat dishes there, either.
There are probably half a dozen Ethiopian restaurants, bars and coffeeshops in West Philly. I don't have much Ethiopian experience outside of Philly but I like Abyssinia (45th & Locust) and I had an ok meal at Gojjo (Baltimore Ave btwm 45th & 46th) once. I've heard that Kaffa Crossing (Chestnut btwn 44th & 45th) is good. Most of these places and the others should be on Yelp if you want to browse.
Abyssinia. It has slow, somewhat surly service and no ambiance, but the best Ethiopian food in the city.
ERA at 28th and Poplar is part neighborhood dive bar, part delicious Ethiopian restaurant. The people who run the place are extremely nice and the patrons can be very interesting. You can eat at the big circular bar in front, or the simple dining room in the back.
Abyssinia and Almaz are two of my favorites as well. I'd tried Dahlak a long while back and one dish was so spicy we couldn't enjoy it. But from what I'd heard from others, this was not the norm.
They are having a groupon sale today for Ethiopian fare at Ethio Cafe and Restaurant. $20 for $40 worth of food. I've never personally eaten there but might give it a try.
Ethio Cafe and Restaurant
225 S 45th St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
baltimore ave is your spot then (barryg's rec of abyssinia is also good and in the same neighborhood)
Rated 3.6 out of 5.0
www.dahlakrestaurant.com - 4708 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia - (215) 726-6464
Gojjo Bar & Restaurant
Rated 3.6 out of 5.0
maps.google.com - 4540 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia - (215) 386-1444
rated 3.5 out of 5.0
www.queenofshebaphilly.com - 4511 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia - (215) 382-2099