Monday, February 15, 2010

Little Ethiopias

Washington, DC has the largest Ethiopian community in the United States and is home to approximately 20 Ethiopian restaurants. In the Shaw neighborhood, specifically the U Street corridor, there is a concentrated number of Ethiopian businesses. This area is unofficially known as Little Ethiopia.

Los Angeles has the second largest Ethiopian community in the US. The area on South Fairfax (just south of Olympic) was officially named Little Ethiopia in 2001 and boasts its own business association. The area is home to approximately 8 Ethiopian restaurants (including one that is 100% vegan), a hairdresser, tax service, travel agency and several Ethiopia specific stores.

This site lists Ethiopian restaurants around the world. Check out if there is one near you or your next vacation spot...

If you don't mind, please leave a comment with the name of your favorite Ethiopian restaurant, store or merkato and the city it is located in. Thanks!

Note: My research on DC's Little Ethiopia brought up very dated results. If you have more current information please leave a comment so I can contact you. Thanks!


Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

While I consider myself lucky to live pretty close to Little Ethiopia in Los Angeles, I wish they had a better market in the area. This is my new favorite:

Selam Market & Deli
5534 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90019-3918
(323) 935-5567‎

It's not far from Little Ethiopia. The owner, Sam, is so nice and helpful. There is a huge selection of CDs and DVDs.

Jennifer said...

Favorite in Nashville, TN: Gojo Ethiopian Cafe

Sharon said...

Favorite in Minneapolis/St.Paul is Fasika on University Ave. in St. Paul's Frogtown area...delicious!!!
Also, in Worthington (SW MN) the Queen of Sheba is a great stop!

Ruthanne said...

My favorite is Ethiopian Diamond on N. Broadway in Chicago. There are at least 5 Ethiopian restaurants on this strip in the village of Edgewater.

one + one said...

In Chicago, I love Abyssinia Restaurant.

Kukulu Market is the place to shop for any spices, injera, scarves, music, etc... It's just across the street from the Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant that Ruthanne mentioned.

Also, I just tried the Queen of Sheeba Restaurant in Oklahoma City this weekend and it was great!