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Sodere--9th St. Ethiopian--report

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Sodere--9th St. Ethiopian--report

johnb | Jun 4, 2004 04:05 PM

Based on Steve S.'s comments I decided to try Queen Makeda for lunch today. The block of 9th St. below U seems to be an Ethiopian hotbed, with several restaurants. Unfortunately and sadly, they were closed apparently due to a death in the family. However, I asked the guy there which place on the block was second best and he suggested Sodere across the street, so I tried it.

I had Awaze zilzil tibs, which they describe as spicy and having been subjected to a 3-day marinade. I asked them to throw in some doro wat since I wanted to try some variety.

The tibs was (were?) very good in flavor. Pieces of beef with onion in a very flavorful sauce with a subtle taste of sage it seemed to me. The beef was a bit chewy, which was my only complaint. The doro wat, both HB egg and chicken, was really excellent, buttery and rich, very slightly sweet. The injera was also good, served cold. There was also some cabbage, which I think was collard greens, also good and perfectly cooked.

I asked for iced tea. They don't normally have it, but made some hot tea over ice cubes and I must say it was some of the best iced tea I've ever had. It's just Lipton's bags, but they spice it with clove and cinnamon.

Overall, A-, and definitely better than Dukem. In fact, the best Ethiopian ever for me. If Queen Makeda is better than this, I can't wait to get back there and try it. This may qualify as a chow lunch venue soon.

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