Eating at restaurants delays the need to go grocery shopping or clear your stolen snowman heads out of the freezer. Keep your secrets on ice with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $15 for $30 worth of Ethiopian food
- $15 for $35 worth of Ethiopian food, valid Tuesday–Thursday
- $25 for $50 worth of Ethiopian food for four or more
Chefs prepare authentic starters, such as vegetarian sambusa stuffed with lentils and diced jalapeño, or meat sambusa stuffed with minced lean beef ($3–$3.50). A vegetarian combination entree comes with the chef's selection of vegetarian dishes ($11.99), and the doro wot serves up chicken marinated in seasoned butter and red-pepper sauce flavored with cardamom ($13.99). Meals conclude with a dessert, such as tiramisu or italian lemon cream cake ($3.50–$4).
Desta Ethiopian Restaurant
In Amharic, the word desta means "happiness," and it appears throughout the Ethiopian restaurant known as Desta, gracing the menus, signs, and walls with a constant reminder of hope. Here, it's a mantra as much as a namesake, a tribute to the tragic past. In 2012, the owners of Desta—Yared and Yenni, a husband-and-wife pair returning home from a 16-hour shift—were fatally shot on their front porch, leaving behind an infant son. Months after the couple's death, Yared's sisters reopened Desta, dedicated to continuing Yared's dream so that his orphaned son might grow up in a world defined by desta rather than grief.
Whether in the sleek, minimalist décor or the menu of authentic Ethiopian cuisine, Yared and Yenni's legacy remains in every part of Desta's second iteration. Atop the wooden tables, entrees such as fish kitfo—a serving of extralean tuna seasoned with mitmita-hot-chili powder—accompanies helpings of injera bread, an Ethiopian staple that can be formed into a scoop to pick up food by hand. To the tune of the modern lounge’s grand piano, Desta’s friendly staff serves diners inside or on the patio, happy to offer suggestions or answer questions about any unfamiliar fare.