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Though they’re one of the main ethnic groups in Ethiopia, the Gurage people are primarily known across the country for their cuisine. So, it’s no wonder that Merkamo Ethiopian Bistro borrowed a Gurage word, “merkamo,” for its name. The term, which describes a beauty that “radiat[es] purity of heart and ‘Joie de Vivre’ for all,” has also been used to describe the owner’s mother—a woman who kept a warm, inviting house where friends and family gathered for decadent meals.

Inviting diners with decadent Ethiopian feasts and a welcoming ambiance, Merkamo Ethiopian Bistro also impresses with a lunch and dinner menu that flourishes with hearty vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. Patrons can sample lamb tripe with spicy beans, and doro wett—a simmering chicken dish typically served on special occasions such as successfully hot-wiring your car after losing the keys in a play-area ball pit. Merkamo also accommodates children with tasty dishes that range from mild beef stew to chicken nuggets.

7020 Commerce St
Springfield,
VA
US

Bozzelli's Italian Deli has been churning out hearty bread-and-meat combos for more than 30 years. Over the years, the menu has blossomed to include palate-pleasing subs such as the classic steak and cheese, honey ham, and various seafood creations ($6.55+ for 8''; $7.55+ for 12''). Transition to flatter eats with a hand-tossed pizza in a predesigned house flavor, or build your own pie from the bottom up ($5.99 and up). In addition to being a peak day for UFO sightings, Wednesdays are also lasagna days at Bozzelli's, when heaping layers of noodle-y, tomato-y goodness give pasta fans the strength to finish out the week.

6701 Loisdale Rd
Springfield,
VA
US