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Addis or Asmara?

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!

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    1. re: clarefd

      buy a blue tooth keyboard for your ipad.

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

      1. 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

          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. 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

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

            1. re: Boston_Otter

              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

                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

                  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

                    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

                      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.