Relative newcomer to a strip awash in Ethiopian restaurants.

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Awash Ethiopian Restaurant joins a crowded field on the stretch of North Broadway in Edgewater that includes Ras Dashen, Ethiopian Diamond, and Abyssinia Restaurant. But it seems to be doing something right: on a recent visit the clientele was almost exclusively natives. The deep-red storefront is filled with Ethiopian furnishings including mesobs, the lidded straw-woven tables that bear platters of food, and a low table set with the cups used in traditional coffee service. Still, the food was less successful than that served at some of its neighbors. The restaurant had no beef dishes available and was also out of the spicy chicken dish doro wat—we wound up with dry doro tibs and bony lamb. Vegetable and lentils—red and two kinds of yellow, one more spicy—fared better, especially the fresh-tasting spinach and the beets with carrots and broccoli. The smear of berbere spice paste on the platter was a nice touch, but the injera served on the side was cold, as was the interminable wait for the check. There's now a full bar.

Kate Schmidt

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