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 $20, you get a meal for two at Addis Ethiopian Restaurant (up to a $42 total value). The meal includes the following:
- One appetizer (up to a $6 value)
- Two entrees (up to an $18 value each)
Located in historical 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. Like a Thanksgiving dinner for two, 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. Guests can inscribe their diaries with sonnets about the meat combo plate’s array of flavors that drip off of a trio of proteins such as chicken tibs, beef tibs, and awaze tibs. The menu offers a plentiful number of seafood dishes including yasa kitfo—tilapia sliced and seasoned with Ethiopian mitmita, jalapeño, and onion—as well as vegetarian options, and Addis often features traditional live music.
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.
9 N 17th St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219