I'm not a super adventurous eater (I have a texture thing. And a vegetable thing. And a seafood thing.), but I love trying different global cuisines. Tastebud Traveling, if you will. (THAT would be a good name for a blog. Just sayin'.) Anyway, I came to Ethiopian food relatively recently and I am obssssssessed. Sour bread? Spiced meats? Lentils aplenty? Yes, please.
George and I are working our way through the handful of spots around Philly, but so far, and by far, the best local Ethiopian restaurant we've found is Addisu, in my fair home county of Lancaster, Pa. is a wonderful surprise in a county known for its, you know, mayonnaise casserole, but that's just a testament to the fact that it is FREAKING AWESOME. (Addisu, not the casserole.)
The injera? Perfectly tart, perfectly spongy. The afaagn? Hot as all get out. The doro wat? Get in my way when I'm shoveling it into my face and I will actually punch you in the head. It's a family owned and operated business which means, in this case anyway, everything is cooked perfectly and the service is friendly and hospitable. AND it's a BYOB. Bonus!
George is pretty loathe to admit when we find food better than his local Philly faves, but even he's addicted. We've got a pact to go back every time we visit my folks.
So next time you're in Lancaster (and you SHOULD go. If not for the scenery and culture shock, then at least for the mayonnaise casserole), stop by Addisu and fall in love. And come say hi to me and George; we'll be at our usual table.