Ethiopia Unchained: mama and papa Ethiopian Restaurants.
If you have not had Ethiopian food, you truly are missing out on some great cuisine. The dishes often consist of sour dough flat bread spread out upon your plate; this is for the purpose of eating the side dishes and or entrees with the bread instead of with utensils because Ethiopians eat with their hands.
If you are going to eat at an Ethiopian restaurant, be sure to bring hands sanitizer and wash your hands before you eat so you can really enjoy your finger food without the pains of sickness later on. Since your hands are prepared to dig into the food, which Ethiopian restaurant in the city of Seattle will you choose?
There are four choices for you, Kobeb, Habesha, Meskel and Queen Sheba — all four places are great however, neither of these five restaurants will provide pork due to the cultural norms that are set up within the beliefs of the Ethiopian people. Some are Christian, others are muslim or jewish so there really is no need for the devouring of “unclean” creatures.
Kokeb Ethiopian Restaurant:
At the top of my list is the number one Ethiopian restaurant in Seattle, which also is the first African restaurant in Seattle. The inside of this fantastically decorated restaurant takes you into a feeling of being royalty as you walk into this palace like restaurant. The guests are treated with respect, consideration and almost as if they are a part of the royal family that serves the food that is made from scratch.
Kokeb provides vegetarian, vegan, and meat dishes. Even though the price is at a fairly moderate range, this Ethiopian palace will even provide valet parking without the snobby rich attitude that most palaces may give you. Marvelous Kokeb also provides a full bar as well as some amenities such as television and a private part room.
Kokeb is located near Capitol Hill at 816 12th ave. Seattle, WA 98122. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day of the week but, it is recommended that if you plan to visit them on the weekends you may want to call 206-328-4050 and make a reservation, especially if you have a party of six or more.
Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant:
Second best is the Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant located 1809 minor Ave. Seattle, WA 98101. No reservations are required for this romantic scene. Often providing live music this restaurant has a bar that sets the scene to enjoy the music even more, that or if they have a not so good band playing the alcohol will influence toleration.
This small restaurant has a full party room and happy hour is between 4pm to 7pm Monday through Friday. There is no valet parking; in fact parking is on the side of the street but watch out for bus stops along the side of the road.
The food is not considered as good as Kobeb’s food but it’s still a deliciously edible experience. The dishes provided also cater to vegetarians but not so much vegans. Habesha offers green chicken, gulash, and gursha. These are the best dishes that are guaranteed to satisfy the hunger monster in your stomach.
Meskel Ethiopian restaurant:
The third restaurant sits kind of in the middle of the list, though it is a great place to eat it is still sitting in the middle of the list. You can find Meskel at 2605 E. Cherry st. Seattle, WA 98122 which is a very good location in the downtown area. With free parking and low pricing this restaurant is one that many people can enjoy going to. However there is so much focus on the ambience that the quality of the food becomes a bit over looked.
Last but not least is a restaurant you can visit the Queen Sheba restaurant at 916 E. John st. Seattle, WA 98102. Open every day from 4 pm ‘” 10 pm. The price of the cuisine is a little over average. Reservations are not required and the cute building is right near Capitol Hill. With a very warm lit atmosphere you can enjoy the Ethiopian cuisine in a very unique way.
Each restaurant provides a unique décor and different mood within the setting. Each place has a one of a kind pricing, taste and a way of treating their customers. Perhaps, you can have an Ethiopian themed month and choose one every week for four weeks to go to. It would be a great way to learn a new culture.