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Ethiopian Chowdown at Ada's

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

    1. Darn, I will be on vacation in Montana..

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


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

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          1. 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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            1. re: joonjoon

              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

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

                  1. re: equal_Mark

                    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

                      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.

                      1. re: equal_Mark

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

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

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              1. re: equal_Mark

                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

                  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: seal

                      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...

                      1. re: MarlboroMan

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

                        1. re: MarlboroMan

                          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. 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

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

                      1. re: seal

                        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

                          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...

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

                      1. 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

                          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!

                        2. 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

                            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.

                            1. re: BrianYarvin

                              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

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

                                  1. re: BrianYarvin

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

                            2. Mark any pictures form the Adas Chowdown?

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                              1. re: Tapas52

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

                                1. re: seal

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

                                  1. re: drongo

                                    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

                                      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

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

                                        1. re: joonjoon

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

                                2. re: Tapas52

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

                                  1. re: equal_Mark

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

                                    1. re: Tapas52

                                      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...

                                      1. re: equal_Mark

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

                                        1. re: Tapas52

                                          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.

                                          1. re: equal_Mark

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

                                        2. re: equal_Mark

                                          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

                                            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...

                                            1. re: equal_Mark

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