$15 for $30 Worth of Ethiopian Cuisine at Meaza Ethiopian Restaurant

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Palatial dining room hosts Ethiopian dishes of doro wat, lamb stew, beef nibs, and freshly baked injera

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Expires Aug 21st, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Not valid for alcohol. Dine-in only. Must purchase a food item. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Valid only towards food. Reservations recommended. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$15 for $30 Worth of Ethiopian Cuisine

In addition to ample beef and lamb entrees, Meaza's menu includes appetizers of lamb short ribs ($6.99) and vegetarian entrees of shiro ($11.99)—powdered peas cooked in a clay pot with a fiery mix of garlic, onion, and jalapeño.

Meaza Ethiopian Restaurant

Ethiopian owner Meaza Zemedu's Meaza Ethiopian Restaurant, which has been featured in such press outlets as the Washingtonian and the Washington Post, was born of humble roots. Zemedu started her business by supplying local Ethiopian stores with her home-baked injera bread, a crepelike staple of Ethiopian cuisine. Demand for the tangy bread grew, allowing her to open her majestic restaurant, which welcomes guests to dine on traditional Ethiopian fare. Northern Virginia Magazine heaped praise upon the menu, including the doro wat stew—the national dish of Ethiopia—which includes chicken, red pepper, garlic, and hard-boiled eggs. Many of Meaza’s dishes are flavored with purified, spiced Ethiopian butter, from the ye beg kikil—lamb stew in spicy sauce—to the kifto—ground beef traditionally served raw or rare and mixed with cardamom and a mitmita spice blend. The chefs still bake Zemedu's injera from teff grain as an ubiquitous side and utensil alongside the fare.

The complex Ethiopian spice blends enchant guests throughout the 7,000-square-foot space—which comprises a dining room, grocery store, and banquet hall—as they admire portraits of Ethiopian emperors painted on lambskins along one wall. Throughout three elevated tiers, white and red cloths coat each table and patrons recline into patterned cushioned chairs. Sweeping bands of color swirl and draw eyes toward the ceiling, enhancing the dining room’s air of spaciousness.

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