Hands are nature's silverware—evidenced by early man's serrated pointer finger and forked thumb. Get back to your ancestral roots in sophisticated, hand-fed fashion with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Ethiopian fare at Addis Ethiopian Restaurant. Located in historic Shockoe Bottom, Addis enlightens eaters on Ethiopia's culinary culture through a wide variety of traditional dishes. Commence the feed with a plate of sambussas, lightly fried pastry shells filled with spiced lentils ($3 each). Like a Thanksgiving dinner for one, traditional Ethiopian meals are eaten without silverware. Instead, diners use homemade injera, a sourdough flatbread, to consume succulent and saucy concoctions such as rosemary-seasoned chunks of lamb, called ye-beg lega tibs ($14). The menu offers a plentiful number of vegetarian options, and Addis often features traditional live music.
- Katenya … looks like an Ethiopian version of a quesadilla, and was really fabulous, I think it lasted about 3 minutes before we gobbled it up. – Anything Wine
- There's never a wait, the food is wonderful, perfect portions, the waitresses are especially helpful if you've never had Ethiopian food, and the atmosphere is very relaxing. – rheda r., Yelp
Addis Ethiopian Restaurant
Ethiopian dining is a communal affair, involving a group of kin or friends ripping, scooping, and savoring the spicy sharable portions eaten directly off of fingertips. Guests line their hands with torn-off portions of spongy injera, Ethiopia's signature sourdough flatbread, then hand deliver the tingling zing of Ethiopian berbere or fresh sprigs of rosemary that adorn a choice of traditional meats. The ethnic cuisine easily accommodates vegetarians, with plates packing spiced red lentils, yellow split peas with garlic, and cabbage in a mild sauce. Exotic music fills the dining room during lunch and dinner hours, with regular entertainment ensuring guests are loosened up for trips to the full bar or limbo competitions under a neighbor's table.