When she opened her Ethiopian restaurant Addis NOLA last spring, Biruk Alemayehu said that eating the food of her homeland means "not only having a relationship with it, but also deeping the relationship between those you are dinning with.” You eat with your hands, tearing off pieces of injera bread to be used as edible utensils, making a connection with the food, and typically several dishes are served on the same plate so you are exercising a tradition built on sharing, trust, and love. That is what Addis NOLA is bringing to the edge of mid-city with this fun fare.
Addis NOLA serves a wide array of options from vegetarian to lamb. To give you an idea of what to look out for and what's hot here is a list of some of Chef's Favorites!
1. Veggie Combo
One of the most wholesome and healthy options on the menu, the all-vegan, veggie combo gives diners a little taste of everything with red lentils, yellow split peas, collard greens, cabbage with carrots, green lentils, and potatoes.
2. Doro Wot
One of the true crown jewels of Ethiopian cuisine. This is a full-flavored wholesome dish that makes for a truly special meal. White breast meat chicken slowly simmered with caramelized onions in a blend of robust spices and a boiled egg just for fun!
3. Special Kitfo or Addis Special Appetizer
An Ethiopian style steak tartare dish to behold before it begone. A creative, elegant, and truly amazing dish that marinates prime ground beef with herbal butter mixed with Ethiopian spices, collard greens, and house-made cheese.
4. Rib-eye Tibs
Rich and juicy cubes of beef sauteed with onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, and Ethiopian herbal butter.
5. Ethiopian coffee and Ethiopian Spiced tea
Coffee for dessert might sound strange but hear me out. Kaffa, Ethiopia is the origin of coffee, making our coffee ceremony the first organized ceremony of enjoying coffee in groups.
Hot Tea infused with cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom if you've never had it is something worth making a trip to Addis NOLA for!
Forget your Fork!
Injera, the edible utensil in our cuisine is a sourdough-risen flatbread with a slightly spongy texture, originating from the Horn of Africa. Traditionally made out of teff flour, it is a staple in Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine, and is made fresh every day at Addis NOLA!