What You'll Get
Dining out spares people from using up the last of their paper plates or incinerating the last of their paper ovens. Reduce your disposable-cookware footprint with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Ethiopian cuisine at Merkamo Ethiopian Bistro in Springfield, Virginia.
Merkamo's head chef, Mulatwa Benti, conjures a small, carefully chosen menu of authentic recipes brought from her native Addis Ababa and featured in the Washington Post. Surrounded by sleek wooden accents and earth tones, diners engage in pastry pillow fights with orders of sambusa, flaky dough stuffed with savory meat or lentils ($3.75), and dive into a doro wett stew infused with chicken, onions, and berbere spices ($13.99). The chef also flexes creative flair with symphonic plates such as the vegetarian sampler—red lentils, yellow split peas, collard greens, and beets ($13.95 for one person; $23.95 for two people)—and lamb tripe of lean red meat cooked with spiced butter ($13.95).
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 23, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy up to 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Dine-in only. Not valid 2/14/12. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Merkamo Ethiopian Bistro
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.