This place has been a breakfast/lunch café for many years. Although it's in my neighborhood, I've never tried it because I don't go out for breakfast or lunch. Very recently a sign appeared announcing dinner service -- Ethiopian food! So last night, I walked through the drizzle and settled in for a very nice solo dinner.
I mean "solo" literally -- I was the only diner in the place. Meanwhile, Café Colucci, directly across the street, was jumping. The last time I went to Colucci, as part of Ruth's Ethiopian Crawl, I found it too noisy, so Hide-A-Way Café is an improvement.
I had the Lamb Tibs ($10). Small cubes of lamb, sautéed lightly (still pink inside). Chewy and flavorful. It came with a side of Atlikat (mixed vegetables), also very good, a tasty mixed baby greens salad, and more injera than you can possibly eat. I'll return with some companions so we can try out more dishes. They also have a couple of Italian items on the menu, reflecting Ethiopia's occupation by Italy many decades ago. The breakfast and lunch menu seems to be standard fare, not Ethiopian.
They have an inviting patio out back, a good addition to the sparse list of outdoor dining venues.
Take careful note of the name, Hide-A-Way, not Hide-Away. I'm not sure of the reason for the punctuation. I'm also not sure of the business model for yet another Ethiopian restaurant, directly across from an already established place, on a street that already has at least six other Ethiopian restaurants.
6430 Telegraph Ave, just North of Alcatraz Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
Dinner Tues - Sunday, 4PM to 10PM.
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