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Addis Review - Another Oakland Ethiopian Restaurant (long)

Kathleen Mikulis | Aug 27, 200309:40 PM

In my neverending quest for East Bay Ethiopian food, I tried another Ethiopian restaurant out - Addis. It's located in a building with the sort of rock front interior one would expect for an early 1960s Denny's.

We tried two dishes - doro tibs ($9) & awaze tibs ($9).
The doro tibs were no match for Abyssinia's. The chicken in the doro tibs wasn't very good quality and we ended up just picking at the dish, singling out the onions and tomatoes. The awaze tibs were much, much better - beef in awaze sauce (a sauce I haven't yet seen at another Ethiopian place) with onions and tomatoes.

On our platter of food was the usual salad. I wish our platter had included lentils or another side dish like at other Ethiopian places.

We came to Addis with an Entertainment Guide coupon which clearly states that you receive one entree free with purchase of another entree (up to a $9 value). The manager only took $4 or $5 off the bill instead of $9 saying that she would have taken more off had we ordered more food. Needless to say I was not very pleased with her bait and switch mentality towards people who use the coupons.

I loved the awaze tibs and wish I could have those accompany Abysinnia's exceptional doro tibs for the best Ethiopian meal in town. But because of the abyssmal chicken and service which left a bad taste in my mouth literally and figuratively, I'm going to have to rank this Ethopian place last overall.

6100 Telegraph, Oakland
(Telegraph a few blocks south of Alcatraz)
(510) 653-3456

Current ranking of East Bay Ethiopian:
1) Abysinnia
2) Cafe Colucci
3) Ethiopia
4) (tie) Red Sea/Addis

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