Lalibela | Edgewater | African | Restaurant
Edgewater Ethiopian restaurant named for the northern Ethiopian holy city.

Our Review

A bit off the strip of Ethiopian places on North Broadway, Lalibela seems to be devoid of customers every time I pass by, which is a pity: the restaurant serves well-prepared home-style Ethiopian food. On the rainy night we went, our party was one of just two, which made the large space, appointed with thronelike wooden chairs, seem rather desolate. The leisurely service was friendly enough, though, and this is the type of family-run restaurant where the owners’ kids are cooling their heels by the kitchen. The menu features the usual wats and tibs but also items I haven’t seen at other Ethiopian spots—for example, ye keyser selata, a tasty salad of fresh beets, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, and onion. Yemser azifah was green lentils given some pleasant heat with onion and jala­peño; ater kik, yellow split peas, were com­fort­ingly mild. Other vegetarian dishes include inguday tibs, mushrooms with onion and berbere, and quosta, spinach with garlic, ginger, and spices, many of which are im­ported from Ethiopia. But if you eat meat, you’re really in business: the succulent Lalibela special tibs, lamb seasoned with onion, rosemary, and jalapeño, were the hit of the meal.

Kate Schmidt

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