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Addis or Asmara?

clarefd Oct 29, 2012 12:37 PM

Daughter is turning 21 and has a chosen to take ten for her friends for Ethiopian. Needs to be in easy reach of Harvard Square. Trying to choose between Asmara and Addis and would be grateful for opinions and advice!

  1. FinnFPM Oct 30, 2012 03:23 AM

    My vote is for Addis in the South End as well. You'll get the best ambiance there to boot.

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    1. re: FinnFPM
      Boston_Otter Oct 30, 2012 03:54 AM

      The OP is talking about the Addis in Porter Square, I believe.

      1. re: Boston_Otter
        FinnFPM Oct 30, 2012 06:27 AM

        And I am trying to change his/her mind. It's an easy walk from Broadway, or from Mass Ave on the 1, regarding navigation from Harvard.

        1. re: FinnFPM
          jgg13 Oct 30, 2012 01:46 PM

          It's also probably adding at least an hour to the trip, if not more. Depending on when one goes, that length of the 1 bus can be lengthy and then you throw in a 10 or so min walk from mass ave.

          1. re: jgg13
            FinnFPM Oct 30, 2012 06:07 PM

            Yes, and how difficult it would indeed be for a group of college students to come up with a way to pass the time on the T while they're heading to celebrate a 21st birthday.

            1. re: FinnFPM
              jgg13 Oct 31, 2012 06:43 AM

              And the OP also said "in easy reach of Harvard Sq". I think they meant the south end about as much as they meant worcester.

              1. re: jgg13
                clarefd Nov 1, 2012 02:00 PM

                Thank you for all your comments (and entertainment!). Have made reservation at Addis in Cambridge because these are the nerdy hard-working kind of Harvard students who will want to expedite the party.

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      ericd74 Oct 29, 2012 02:41 PM

      Neither is great compared to the better Ethiopian restaurants of DC and, to a lesser degree, NYC, but of the two, Addis is better. Asmara treads too timidly on the spice and flavor - ate their recently and found it to be among the more disappointing Ethiopian meals I've had. Addis at least has a bit of flavor, better quality meat too in my opinion.

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      1. re: ericd74
        Jolyon Helterman Oct 30, 2012 12:43 AM

        Agree that Addis is generally better (for what we have here in Boston), but would add that, in my experience, the Somerville Addis isn't quite as good as the South End location

      2. Boston_Otter Oct 29, 2012 01:26 PM

        I really like Asmara and much prefer the food and environment over Addis Red Sea.

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          clarefd Oct 29, 2012 12:38 PM

          I hate typing on the iPad.

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          1. re: clarefd
            cambridgedoctpr Oct 30, 2012 01:19 PM

            buy a blue tooth keyboard for your ipad.

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