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New Eritrean restaurant in Santa Rosa

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New Eritrean restaurant in Santa Rosa

jeanlass | Nov 22, 2006 03:43 AM

Santa Rosa has a large Eritrean population but for years the only Eritrean food I've been able to find locally was at the Glendi festival... so when a friend told me about an Eritrean restaurant that had just opened, I was there like a shot. Cafe Santa Trata is at 711 Stony Point Rd, right next to Pho Vietnam. I've now eaten there twice-- after living with an unsatisfied injera craving for so long, it's difficult to stay away! They've obviously taken great care with the decor-- it's reminiscent of an upscale cafe (and, in fact, the only items listed on the menu on the wall are cafe items, as they didn't have their Eritrean menu printed when I was there). There was a platter of food near the register in place of a menu, so I'm afraid I can't tell you the names of what we've ordered. You can choose from two dinner options: a two item combination for $10.99 and a three item combination for $12.99. (It may have been $11.99-- at any rate, it seemed a bargain... enough for leftovers the next day.) Entrees included a spicy beef stew, a mild chicken dish that seemed to consist mostly of thigh meat and a mild lamb stew. Sides were mixed vegetables, yellow lentils, a spinach dish my husband adored and I think there may be one I've forgotten. Each combination comes with a small salad, and a folded wedge of injera along with the traditional "plate." We thought the injera was wonderful and especially enjoyed the beef stew, lentils and spinach. Would love to have some feedback about this place from interested Hounds!

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