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Gluten-Free Ethiopian

CyndiN | Feb 27, 2010 09:47 AM

We'll be visiting LA in March and are looking forward to having good Ethiopian food (we're an hour from Oakland but don't get down there much). Last year we went to Rahel's which we loved and our now 5 year old daughter proclaims it her favorite restaurant ever.

But, the majority of Ethiopian restaurants, including Rahel's, do the version of injera, with barley and/or wheat, instead of the traditional fermented 100% teff. My daughter and I both get symptoms from gluten but can have it once a month or so (not celiac). I figure, why waste that one meal on injera and, besides, I love the thick sour injera that only comes with the all teff version.

So does anyone know of an Ethiopian (or Eritrean) restaurant in the Los Angeles area that has a gluten-free injera? (We're staying in Echo Park but are open to a variety of locations.) Cross contamination isn't an issue for us so it's okay if the place serves both kinds (though please mention if it does because I will share the results with friends who can't handle gluten traces). The restaurant doesn't need to be vegan but should be vegan-friendly (haven't found one yet that isn't...prefer no butter but small amounts are doable).


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