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Sunlight Restaurant & Lounge in Baltimore

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Sunlight Restaurant & Lounge in Baltimore

pen | Jun 3, 2005 08:43 AM

Fabulous! So fabulous I've gone twice in the past week, once for dinner and again for carry-out last night. I did find the food and the atmosphere superior to Dukem. We ordered the vegetarian combo which boasted a staggering nine dishes, including a spicy cold lentil salad that was refreshing and unusual. What I liked about these dishes was that each had a distinct flavor and texture, so they complemented one another, rather than just one thing blending into the other. Ethiopian food is one of my very favorite things on this planet, but I have noticed at a lot of restaurants that after a while, everything starts to taste the same. Not so at Sunlight. The injera is far superior to Dukem's -- not as heavy or leaden, and nice and tangy. It just seemed a little fresher. In fact, all of the ingredients were very fresh.

We also ordered the beef special tibs and it was delicious as well. Nicely spiced in that yummy rosemary sauce, and when I told them that I liked things spicy, the kitchen obliged. Not for the faint of heart! The only thing I liked better about Dukem's version of this dish is their addition of jalapeno peppers, which I think adds some nice texture to balance the meat. But Sunlight's food as a whole isn't as greasy, which I appreciated.

Last night, I went to Pazo for some post-work drinks, and the table ordered a few things to pass around. Everything I tasted seemed oversalted to me, from the calamari to the asparagus to the slow-roasted lamb to the panzanella. So upon disbanding, I was still hungry and ordered some take-out at Sunlight. Amazingly generous portions! I stuck with the vegetarian combo but this time, upon the owner's recommendation, ordered the lamb awaze tibs, which was nice and spicy, not too greasy and pretty darn tender. And I currently have enough injera to keep me smiling for the next week. They had a huge table of about fifteen people, so it took about a half an hour for my order, but my boyfriend and I were more than happy to sit at the bar. We enjoyed a Harar beer and talked to the owner, who couldn't be nicer. There's a real sense of family and familiarity at Sunlight that always makes dining out a pleasure for me. This, combined with the fabulous and fairly priced food, makes it one of my new favorite dining experiences in Baltimore.

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