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Ethiopian Chowdown at Ada's

equal_Mark Aug 9, 2013 03:58 PM

Figured I'd see if any Hounds might be interested in getting together for a meal of Ethiopian fare at Ada's in Long Branch. Most folks here are aware of Ada's Latin Flavor Dominican Restaurant, and that in the past couple years she has been offering dishes reflecting her Ethiopian heritage on weekends.


Ethiopian Menu: http://www.adalatinflavor.com/injera....

I've decided that a dinner at 7pm on a Thursday would be best as Fridays & Saturdays have become pretty crowded and the place is rather small. At this point I'm leaning toward the evening of August 29th.

Anybody interested in participating can contact me at:

"mstevens@exit109.com" with the subject line "Chowdown at Ada's"

Keep in mind that the full Dominican menu will also be available. If you've not been to Ada's yet, c'mon and find out about becoming Family!

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  1. seal RE: equal_Mark Aug 9, 2013 07:36 PM

    I'm in. Give me more injera ;o)

    1. Barbarella RE: equal_Mark Aug 10, 2013 01:06 PM

      Darn, I will be on vacation in Montana..

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      1. re: Barbarella
        equal_Mark RE: Barbarella Aug 10, 2013 01:15 PM

        Say hi to Dave Robicheaux!

      2. Tapas52 RE: equal_Mark Aug 11, 2013 05:38 AM

        Love Adas, bud sadly sorry working that evening...:-(


        1. Barbarella RE: equal_Mark Aug 12, 2013 10:04 AM

          Maybe that is not such a good night as that is the start of a Holiday weekend...

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            equal_Mark RE: Barbarella Aug 12, 2013 10:49 AM

            Anybody prefer the 22nd?

            1. re: equal_Mark
              Barbarella RE: equal_Mark Aug 13, 2013 10:21 AM

              Boy oh boy still cant make it....

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            joonjoon RE: equal_Mark Aug 13, 2013 09:51 AM

            I will try to make it. FYI though Adas can only sit 6 on one table, if we have more than that we'll need to split up.

            I've eaten pretty much everything on her menu...anyone up for giving her a heads up and asking for a "Omakase" type experience where she makes us whatever she wants for a flat price? 25$ pp should cover it at their prices. That might be fun.

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              seal RE: joonjoon Aug 13, 2013 10:55 AM

              29th is better for me, but if we decide on the 22nd, I will try.

              =M and I talked about that same idea joon, but I don't know the result.

              1. re: seal
                MarlboroMan RE: seal Aug 13, 2013 06:47 PM

                29th better for me as well. It's already on the calendar!

                1. re: MarlboroMan
                  equal_Mark RE: MarlboroMan Aug 14, 2013 10:42 AM

                  29th it is...

                  1. re: equal_Mark
                    corvette johnny RE: equal_Mark Aug 14, 2013 12:19 PM

                    I'd like to try this place one day. Just out of curiosity, is this owned by a couple where one person is of each nationality?

                    1. re: corvette johnny
                      equal_Mark RE: corvette johnny Aug 14, 2013 12:32 PM

                      Nope. Both Ada and her husband Muller were born and raised in Ethiopia. She was taught Dominican cooking by Diaz, the former owner of that location.

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                        corvette johnny RE: equal_Mark Aug 14, 2013 01:08 PM

                        Ah I see, thanks for the info. This is definitely on my radar.

            2. equal_Mark RE: equal_Mark Aug 23, 2013 11:12 AM

              Given the tepid response to this event I've decided to cancel the Chowdown at Ada's.

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                MarlboroMan RE: equal_Mark Aug 23, 2013 05:23 PM

                Wait.. don't do that.. you, me, and Seal. And maybe joonjoon.

                Do you know how hard it is for me to get out of the house? With 2 young kids, I have to schedule these things weeks in advance.

                Ya know what, screw it, I'll go by myself. I'll be there on the 29th. If anyone wants to join me, please do so. If not, well, heck, I'm not tossing this opportunity to the wind.

                1. re: MarlboroMan
                  equal_Mark RE: MarlboroMan Aug 23, 2013 07:49 PM

                  I can be there, it just seemed to be seriously less a response than the Porta chowdown, and there were like 4 folks that showed up there. Chowhound does not seem to be a forum that gathers a crowd for any actual live meals at this point. I was on the hook to keep Ada informed of the likely attendance, and there seemed no reason to even reserve a spot at the counter at this point.

                  We can still do dinner if anyone is actually interested...

                  1. re: equal_Mark
                    seal RE: equal_Mark Aug 24, 2013 04:04 AM

                    So ....

                    What time?


                    1. re: seal
                      MarlboroMan RE: seal Aug 24, 2013 06:32 AM

                      Well, originally, Mark, you said 7 pm. That works for me.. or even a little later, perhaps.

                      We'll just state the time and place, the three of us will show up, anyone else is welcome to. Just look for 3 guys eating together.. you can't miss us...

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                        seal RE: MarlboroMan Aug 24, 2013 08:02 AM

                        7 it is then. I will be there around 6:45 since I am compulsively early ;o)

                        1. re: seal
                          equal_Mark RE: seal Aug 24, 2013 11:46 AM

                          Say Howdy to Ada & Muller!

                        2. re: MarlboroMan
                          equal_Mark RE: MarlboroMan Aug 24, 2013 11:45 AM

                          7pm on Thursday the 29th. After mulling it over I've decided we should have it at Ada's, Broadway & 5th in Long Branch...

                2. seal RE: equal_Mark Aug 27, 2013 01:23 PM

                  OK, so this thing is tomorrow.

                  Not that we are expecting more than a few hounds or anything, and not that they can support a large group, but the food is good at Ada's so, if any other hounds are interested, come on down.

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                  1. re: seal
                    jrvedivici RE: seal Aug 27, 2013 01:32 PM

                    {{pssssst Seal, tomorrow is the 28th this is scheduled for the 29th}}

                    1. re: jrvedivici
                      seal RE: jrvedivici Aug 27, 2013 01:36 PM

                      <puts down beer>


                      1. re: seal
                        jrvedivici RE: seal Aug 27, 2013 01:40 PM

                        The devil on my shoulder wasn't going to tell you and just show up there tomorrow and have you think I was all that showed.

                        1. re: seal
                          equal_Mark RE: seal Aug 27, 2013 07:46 PM

                          Ada is such a loving host, I have no doubt she would have personally set you up even though she only serves Ethiopian Thursday thru Saturday...

                    2. Tapas52 RE: equal_Mark Aug 28, 2013 08:21 AM

                      have fun wish it was another day ..............take pics for us!

                      1. equal_Mark RE: equal_Mark Aug 29, 2013 08:37 PM

                        Interesting. There were 5 of us attending this event (including Seal's daughter), but tables on either side of us had found out about Ada's Ethiopian fare as a result of CH postings about the place. They heard us talking about CH and chimed in.

                        Muller (Ada's Hubby) told me that last night there were also several tables that found out about Ada's as a result of reading CH.

                        Not bad for a cancelled event...

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                        1. re: equal_Mark
                          seal RE: equal_Mark Aug 30, 2013 03:09 AM

                          Not bad at all ;o)

                          =Mark was a most gracious host - big props for setting it up and making sure all had a great night.

                          Ada made a huge and extremely tasty platter of, well, everything! And it was consumed down to the bare injera.

                          Surprise guests included my aforementioned chowhound in training daughter and Brian Yavin, one of the oooooold school original chowhounds, as well as several other hounds scattered about the place, there to enjoy meals with their own families.

                          A small group but a big success!

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                          oldandtired RE: equal_Mark Aug 30, 2013 04:49 AM

                          It was CH which first directed me to this place and I went a week ago. This kind of place which I look for on CH. Mom and Pop small, out of the way, moderately priced with hands on owners who care about product and look to meet and accept feedback from clientele. Made it a point to sample the Ethiopian food on weekend...because well......how often does one have access to it in NJ.
                          Family shared veg and meat platters as well as a Mofungo dish. Good stuff reasonably priced and portioned. I like heat and it satisfied....
                          I am probably in the minority but ...not crazy down with the injeera....I ate it all..but prefer a bread with bite ..the spongy
                          texture and acidic notes were unexpected as it was first time I had it...though overall ...if in area I would def go back and try the Latin side of the menu!!

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                          1. re: oldandtired
                            BrianYarvin RE: oldandtired Aug 30, 2013 05:01 AM

                            It was a great evening! I'd like to host the next one in Iselin or Edison but won't be able to until November.

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                              joonjoon RE: BrianYarvin Aug 30, 2013 06:06 AM

                              I wish I could have made it last night!

                              How 'bout a Chowhound hot pot party at Thumbs Up? Diggin that place right now...mostly because it's our only hot pot/shabu option and I'm starved for one.

                              1. re: joonjoon
                                Tapas52 RE: joonjoon Aug 30, 2013 07:10 AM

                                Glad you people had a great time ....wish I was there also....Adas is one of my Favorite places...oh well next time!

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                                  BrianYarvin RE: joonjoon Aug 30, 2013 11:43 AM

                                  Joonjoon, Great Idea! I'm in.

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                                    seal RE: BrianYarvin Aug 30, 2013 12:47 PM

                                    Just checked out the menu. Save some beef artery and special bovine stomach for me ;o)

                            2. Tapas52 RE: equal_Mark Aug 30, 2013 02:27 PM

                              Mark any pictures form the Adas Chowdown?

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                                seal RE: Tapas52 Aug 30, 2013 02:37 PM

                                My bad. I've been busy with family stuff but here are two...

                                1. re: seal
                                  drongo RE: seal Aug 30, 2013 04:00 PM

                                  Why is everyone leaning to the right in the first pic? All Republicans?? :)

                                  1. re: drongo
                                    MarlboroMan RE: drongo Aug 30, 2013 05:40 PM

                                    LOL.. yeah, we are kinda leaning to the right.. very strange. I'm registered Republican and topics of conversation were varied and interesting, but neither politics or religion ever came up. :) (I am the one on the most right wearing the tree-covered shirt). It was a great and delicious time and Brian asked Ada if she'd cook us a whole goat or something like that. She is a very gracious and kind host. Mark thanks again for organizing it, as well as your generosity and kindness.

                                    OK, birthday weekend, I'm headed to Brio for their "Tuscan Tasters". Can't beat beef carpaccio for $3.95!

                                    Count me in for the hot pot thing!

                                    1. re: MarlboroMan
                                      BrianYarvin RE: MarlboroMan Aug 31, 2013 04:54 AM

                                      It started out as a joke about the whole goat and evolved into a serious discussion of leg of mutton and finally the front leg of mutton. In the end, I promised to follow up in early November with a report on mutton availability.

                                      BTW...I brought up the topic because I had it in my mind that serious Ethiopian cooks in New Jersey missed goat; Ada corrected me. It was mutton.

                                      1. re: BrianYarvin
                                        joonjoon RE: BrianYarvin Aug 31, 2013 07:32 PM

                                        They have goats and lambs at Godek's in Marlboro...maybe we can bring her one!

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                                          BrianYarvin RE: joonjoon Aug 31, 2013 08:42 PM

                                          Yes sir! And Godeks is one of the Garden State's better butchers too.

                                2. re: Tapas52
                                  equal_Mark RE: Tapas52 Aug 30, 2013 07:38 PM

                                  There was actually food on the table too. (If you turn your monitor around you'll see Ada taking this picture...)

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                                    Tapas52 RE: equal_Mark Aug 31, 2013 04:40 PM

                                    Great Pics of all of you ....looks like a fun time at ADAS!!

                                    1. re: Tapas52
                                      equal_Mark RE: Tapas52 Sep 1, 2013 07:57 PM

                                      OK, it's about time someone sets up another CH Gathering. There are a lot of great places out there that need support. It's not all that hard. You all have places you want folks to know about, so lets do it! You know you want to...

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                                        Tapas52 RE: equal_Mark Sep 2, 2013 07:27 AM

                                        Great Idea mark....but the dates are so critical to many.

                                        1. re: Tapas52
                                          equal_Mark RE: Tapas52 Sep 2, 2013 10:46 AM

                                          You can take suggestions for dates into account but need to avoid the "herding cats" scenario. You can't please everybody and there comes a time to make a decision, make an announcement and just go for it.

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                                            Tapas52 RE: equal_Mark Sep 3, 2013 03:24 PM

                                            I guess your right mark just announce a date who ever shows .....shows up!

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                                          jethro RE: equal_Mark Sep 3, 2013 07:28 PM

                                          Morgan's Island Grill in Hightstown, Daphne's Diner in Robbinsville, or Fernando's in Hightstown. Local Smoke in Neptune could be a good trip as well.

                                          1. re: jethro
                                            equal_Mark RE: jethro Sep 3, 2013 07:43 PM

                                            Sounds great! Start a new thread, arrange a time & place and see how things develop! Don't be like me and try to wimp out when things seem to be less than wildly popular. 3 or 4 folks for a meal can be a really nice gathering...

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                                              jethro RE: equal_Mark Sep 3, 2013 07:54 PM

                                              I will check my calendar and do so. It would be wild if a whole bunch of people show!

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