Little Ethiopia: Addis

vegetarian combo

Last week, I was hanging out with my coworkers talking about all the various places we go to. Most of them tend to stay in their local neighborhood once home. A quick scan of my blog has me going from DTLA, SGV, the Valley, the Westside, the Southbay and Hollywood. I’m all over the place. And I love LA and its various ethnic enclaves. One of my favorite foods is Ethiopian. I thought I’ve tried them all with the exception of the vegan Ethiopian restaurant (don’t worry, I’ll get to it eventually) but Addis was unfamiliar to me. I decided to check it out and four others joined me.


beef tartare

lamb stew

I’m used to ordering a veggie and meat combo but Addis doesn’t offer a meat combo plate. So we ordered the veggie combo and several meat dishes. It ended up being too much food but incredibly affordable. We spent about $16 a person and still had leftovers.

The veggie combo arrived on the traditional family-style platter. It included:

Misir Split red lentils cooked in a spicy chili sauce
Kik AlichaSplit peas prepared with mild sauce
Gomen – Collard greens cooked in authentic Ethiopian spices
Mixed At-kiltBoiled potatoes, carrots, and cabbage
Azifa Boiled lentils, jalapenos, and onions
Tematim Selata Diced tomatoes, onions, jalapenos in lemon juice (salad)


whole fried fish


Our server was skeptical that we really wanted to order the raw beef. I did! I do! I love kitfo (steak tartare) and was intrigued about this version being served with cottage cheese. As it turned out the cottage cheese smelled and tasted a bit like Indian rice pudding. It was also much denser than your average supermarket cottage cheese. We (I) happily ate this with a pile of injera.

We loved the lamb and beef stew (kiay wot). I ended up spooning some over the rice that came with the whole fried fish (assa). This dish also reminded me a bit of Indian food but less heat. The fish well was well-fried but I think I would order a different dish next time, perhaps a stew.

spicy beef

We also ordered the spicy beef (awaze tibbs). This dish was a bit dry so I ended up dipping some pieces into that amazing stew.

The sweet owner and chef came out with dessert for us. She had baked a cake at home and gave us some to try. We were the only table that night and I hope business picks up for this new Ethiopian restaurant.


1025 S. Fairfax Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90019



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