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Is it just me, or have Ethiopian restaurants changed?

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Is it just me, or have Ethiopian restaurants changed?

Wayne Keyser | Mar 9, 2006 10:38 PM

I used to have a hard time finding an unsatisfactory Ethiopian restaurant. Now I'm having a hard time finding an entirely satisfactory one.

Have the "industry standards" changed?

A couple of months ago I lunched at one of the Skyline (George Mason Drive) places (sorry, forgot to note which ... I trusted them all) - meager entree, no sides (I have always been served two or three dabs of various vegetable dished alongside the central entree on an injera). Questioned the waitress, she had no idea that I might expect anything else on the plate.

Okay, wrote that off to experience.

Lunched at Lalibela recently, found it very salty. Also felt like I was in a haunted house...nobody there but me and the cook (always seems to be underpopulated for lunch at Ethiopian places).

Lunched today at Dama - the "restaurant" part was locked, the "cafe" part was open and full of happy people (I haven't felt so much part of a jolly crowd since St. Patrick's Day) but stood there forever looking at the blackboard menu (only "diner" food listed) until the boss seated me, had the waitress scare up a menu from the other end of the building (she kept disappearing into the closed restaurant end) and again my entree was alone on the injera (okay, there was a tiny bit of salad). In their defense, I felt well-tended-to by the staff once they noticed me, and an extra injera was brought after a while that I really didn't need, but - hey - where can I still get a well-rounded plate at a Virginia Ethiopian reestaurant? Is the "naked entree" experience becoming standard? And is there any place where lunch is priced lower than dinner (I've always wondered if any Ethiopian places have a lunch menu)???

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