If you try something new, you might really enjoy it, even if it's filling balloons with Hot Wheels and throwing them off a bridge to see if they'll float. Try some Ethiopian fare with today’s Groupon to Desta Ethiopian Restaurant. Choose from the following options:
For $25, you get a meal for two (up to a $56.96 total value). The meal includes:
- Two starters (up to a $5.99 value each)
- Two entrees (up to a $17.99 value each)
- Two desserts (up to a $4.50 value each)
For $50, you get a meal for four (up to a $113.92 total value). The meal includes:
- Four starters (up to a $5.99 value each)
- Four entrees (up to a $17.99 value each)
- Four desserts (up to a $4.50 value each)
For $75, you get a meal for six (up to a $170.88 total value). The meal includes:
- Six starters (up to a $5.99 value each)
- Six entrees (up to a $17.99 value each)
- Six desserts (up to a $4.50 value each)
For $15, you get $30 worth of Ethiopian fare. This Groupon is good for anything on the menu.
The flavorful cuisine at Desta works as a virtual passport for the senses, sending taste buds to boldly spiced vistas of fresh and vibrant Ethiopian dishes. Begin a savory sojourn with sambusa, pastry puffs puffed up with minced beef or lentils instead of bitter pride, or the chechebsa's mix of shredded flat bread with Desta's signature fiery sauce. Diners can hoard their chosen entrees or get sociable and share their tuna fish kitfo sprinkled with hot mitmita powder and ayeb cheese. Incisors applaud and molars line cheeks with rose petals in appreciation of slow-cooked chicken doro wat or the meat/vegetarian combo plate loaded with a chef-selected spread of vegetable recipes. As meals inch toward completion, diners can coax out contented sighs with toothsome desserts, such as the rich tiramisu or tangy italian-lemon-cream cake.
For the uninitiated, Ethiopian cuisine is traditionally eaten utensil-free perched atop homemade injera, a large sourdough flatbread that acts as a tender, edible glove for the right hand to pick up and feed savory heaps of eats to anticipatory taste buds. This spongy, pancake-like bread is delicious on its own and provides the perfect sidekick to complement the famous spicy main kick of Ethiopian dishes. Guests tear through these delicacies in Desta's modern-styled dining room and lounge or out in the sun on the patio.
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.