My thanks to the 14 chowhounds gathered to chow down at Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant in St. Paul. http://www.fasika.com
I hear that "Fasika" means "feast," and feast we did. I had a great time conversing with fellow 'hounds and the food was delicious. I would say it was the best Ethiopian food that I have ever had.
I will get the ball rolling by listing the menu items that we ordered, and hopefully some of the other participants can chime in with specifics on some of the items.
Take a look at http://www.fasika.com/menu.html
#4 ZILZIL TIBS
#9 FASIKA SPECIAL TIBS (shown on the website menu as "KURT ZILZIL")
#16 DORO WOT
#20 BEEF COMBO PLATTER
#21 LAMB COMBO PLATTER
#23 ASA KITFO
#26 MOJA ASA
#32 VEGI SAMPLER
Various people also tried Harar Beer and Hakim Stout from Ethiopia, and Addis tea from Ethiopia. All the food barely fit on the narrow table and we filled up to *here*. However, even after people semed to push back from the table I shamelessly kept swooping back into the wreckage of the combo platters for those sauce-soaked sections of injera!
Usually when eating at an Ethiopian restaurant with chowspouse, we have the combo platter, but this gathering let us all sample items that are not usually included on the platters. Standouts for me included the Moja Asa--pan fried catfish-- so good! Also the Zilzil Tibs-- rather spicy long strips of beef with a crispy almost deep-fried texture. We had two hot hot plates of tibs (#4 and #9) and one was somewhat spicier and that was my favorite. We *think* that it was the #4.
Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant (duplicate)
510 Snelling Ave, N St Paul, MN