Your editor Thi N. can’t stop eating kitfo sandwiches at Merkato. Kitfo is Ethiopian raw beef, intensely spiced. The pure kitfo is finer and more sublime at Meals by Genet, but Merkato’s kitfo makes for a perfect sandwich. “They kind of take a heap of sliced kitfo and skip it over a hot grill, I think (like a rock skipping a lake) so it’s mostly raw, but little bits of edges are slightly cooked. It’s tangy, it’s spicy, it’s got the full Ethiopian flavor-load, and it’s served in crispy bread that rapidly turns soft and mushy under the meat-juices. Sort of an insane, raw, self-juicing version of a French dip, but with cardamom.”

Merkato [Little Ethiopia]
1036 1/2 S. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles

Meals by Genet [Little Ethiopia]
1053 S. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles

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