Good morning! Just searched and didn't seen that either Taste or Abyssinia had been mentioned before, so just a quick note. Abyssinia is that Ethopian restaurant in Mission Valley that has been here for a very, very long time. I had always been curious as to what the cuisine is, so last night we took the plunge. I'm wasn't (& still am not) familiar at all with the cuisine of Ethopia, but what I had was tasty and flavorful and fresh. I think a good amount of spices are used in their cooking, so when you walk in, you are greeted by a very pungent aroma that I am wondering may still be sticking to my jacket. Anyway, the bottom line is I am not really sure what I ate, but I liked it - think I'll take my Mom back for lunch one day and see what she thinks.
We stopped by Taste on Medlin Drive (across the street from the original Crowley's) on the way back home. Since we had just eaten, we just ordered drinks and wanted to check out the space because I knew the new chef and owner are in the process of changing the menu (I think they said new menu should be up and running in the next couple of weeks). Anyway, the bar scene was vibrant and reasonably priced and had a great neighborhood-type feel. There were still diners at the table at 9:30 at night, so I thought that was another good sign. It is another place I would like to return to. I think they just have a Facebook page for now, so I included the link below.
2109-146 Avent Ferry Rd Raleigh, NC 27606