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Southwest Reno Ethiopian Chowdown

Reno: Chowdown at Zagol, an Ethiopian restaurant


Restaurants & Bars Southwest Reno Ethiopian Chowdown

Reno: Chowdown at Zagol, an Ethiopian restaurant

SteveTimko | | Jun 3, 2011 08:18 PM

The Greater Reno Grub and Gripe Group gathered at Zagol for its latest Chowdown. Overall we enjoyed the food. The manner in which it is served was maybe a little off putting but we quickly overcame it.

This is a restaurant that opened a couple of years ago on East Fourth Street near downtown Reno. It’s in a new building in an area targeted for redevelopment by the city of Reno.

I looked over the menu and found nothing I would object to so when it came to ordered I deferred to others. Robin pretty much handled the ordering and she did a good job. She made a point of ordering food that would be a contrast. She noted one previous dinner there where too much of the food seemed similar.

But because Robin did the ordering I can’t really tell you much about what we ordered. We had the combination dish and we got two beef dishes and three vegetable dishes. Robin also got some cottage cheese that was a nice mix with the spicier dishes.

We placed our order and the food arrived a short time later.Unfortunately, Chowhound is not letting me upload photos. All five portions of food and the cottage cheese are served on a platter on a big sheet of soft bread called injera. Additionally, there is wrapped bread served in a plate. One member of our group asked, “Are there plates?” The answer is no. You take some of the bread on the side, tear off a bit and use it to pick up meat or vegetables. As the food gets mushed together eventually it’s easier to pick it up together.

I can’t describe each individual dish, but all were good. And the cottage cheese is a nice addition, too. We didn’t feel full after we finished the first so we ordered a lamb dish and it was also good. Also lots of good wine. Robin and Fred brought a nice 2010 Twisted Oak verdelho and a 2009 Dillian primitivo. I brought a 2010 Ametzoi Rubentis, a Basque rose that’s a little more rounded than the 2009 I brought to the Chowdown at the Santa Fe.

Service was good. Our water glasses were kept full.

We didn’t order anything else but the also offer Ethiopian beer and Ethiopian coffee.

855 E 4th St Ste H, Reno, NV 89512

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