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Lucy Ethiopian Cafe

Pia | Oct 3, 2010 07:30 AM

Stopped by this little cafe for a quick bite before a concert. It's diagonally across the street from Symphony Hall, and just opened a few months ago.

It's a small room with about six tables, and I think there's another room behind it. The short menu is written on a chalkboard and half of it is taken up by pita sandwiches that don't sound particularly Ethiopian (unless I'm wrong and Ethiopians are big fans of avocado).

We ordered the two items that sounded most promising, the vegetarian Addis Combo and a meat dish, Lega-tibs. The combo consisted of a pretty bland potato dish and two lentil dishes, one red lentil dish spiced with berbere and one yellow split pea dish that reminded me of Indian dal, but with subtler spices. The latter was my favorite.The Lega-tibs was cubes of beef with green chilis, tomatoes, peppers, and fresh rosemary. The beef was a little chewy, but I loved the flavors in this dish. Both dishes came with very thick injera that was rolled up on the side, rather than having the food served on top.

Prices are only $7-11 for an entree -- those two dishes were plenty for the two of us and the bill came to only $20 before tip. Service was very sweet and friendly. I would definitely go back next time I'm in the area.

I think their focus is actually on coffee -- the Yelp reviews mentioned a coffee ceremony that they do regularly on the weekends -- but we were in a hurry so we just wolfed down our dinner and ran across the street. We'll have to stay for coffee next time.

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