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Habesha Restaurant and Bar-Ethiopian food

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I'm headed there to lunch this afternoon and was wondering if anyone has been here or if anyone has an experience with Ethiopian food in general. That way I know what to look for.

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  1. How was it?? I had no idea this existed.

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    1. re: jwynne2000

      It was my first time experiencing Ethiopian food, so I don't have anything to go on but what I had was fantastic. I'm not a spicy foods person so it took awhile to get used to, but once you got over the heat, the food was great. The meat (we chose from lamb, beef, and chicken) was all really tender and the sauce was great. We had the azifa rolls for an app and I was a bit concerned because I had no idea that injera was supposed to be that squishy but it was great. For a main course three of us shared the Siga Wot, beg key wot, and the Doro key wot. Each one was uniquely delicious and having the injera to soak up the spicy sauce took it to a whole 'nother level. It's definitely a place you need to bring friends to and definitely not a place for a "quick bite to eat". The service was great, but it was a bit slow. And it's not cheap. The three of us cost over $60 and there were no adult beverages. All in all I would go back here for sure. I'm already craving those delicious injera pancakes again.

    2. We were really disappointed in Habesha the one time we went. Service was slow and indifferent, and the dishes were decidedly so-so. I'd much rather spend my money at Taste of Ethiopia in Pflugerville, where service is warm and the dishes have never once disappointed.

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      1. re: addlepated

        I have to agree that Habesha did not stack up to Taste of Ethiopia.

        1. re: ChrisStein

          Agreed. Good, but not stellar.

        2. re: addlepated

          I know that's right down the street from me and I'd love to try it. Do they serve everything family style as well? I have a feeling I might be eating alone. :(

          1. re: tdombrow

            I'd say to go anyway and eat for one, then take leftovers home. Dump them all together in a bowl, microwave it to get it warm through, then put it in a toaster oven to crisp up the top. All those flavors together along with the injeera that soaks up the sauces? Amazing.

            1. re: addlepated

              I like to pop leftover injera into the oven and toast them until super crispy.

              I've only ever eaten at Taste of Ethiopia, and I would recommend them both for the food and the friendly service. The samplers on the menu make it easy and affordable to try out the food if you're new to it.

              1. re: addlepated

                Or... throw them all in a hot skillet, bring it all back to hot, then crack an egg right on top and let it cook a bit. The server at Taste of Ethiopia told me about that one.