Meskel is a restaurant that Josh and I have enjoyed for years. I was first introduced to it by some Ethiopian friends of mine, and we’ve continued to come back when we have cravings for some spice and injera. It’s such comfort food.
This week at work was particularly stressful, and by Monday evening, I had decided that Friday evening would call for Ethiopian food. We were overdue to hang out with some friends of ours, and it was the perfect opportunity to introduce them to Meskel. We met there, and the weather was perfect. Meskel has a large outdoor patio that we took full advantage of. An appetizer of spiced lentils and injera, along with some honey wine and a Harar beer was a wonderful way to start relaxing.
We always get our favorites – a veggie combo ($12) that is a large plate of injera topped with spiced red lentils, cabbage, carrots, and potatoes, shiro (chickpeas with onions and garlic), greens, salad, and fitfit (shredded and seasoned injera). To be completely honest, I know there were a couple of other delicious treats on there, I just don’t know what they’re called! But they taste amazing!
We also always get Yebeg Tibbs ($12) – a dish of seasoned lamb, chopped into small pieces and cooked with plenty of spices. The result is a delicious stew-like dish that is wonderful mixed in with all the different veggies and lentils. Tonight we got a dish both of lamb and of beef (since there were four of us), and they were both delightful.
Overall, Meskel comes highly recommended. The service is very friendly, the food is delicious, and the environment offers a slow-paced, relaxed experience. Be sure to try the honey wine – the thick sweetness is perfect for cooling the heat of the food. It’s an amazing match. And whenever we’re in the area, we always stop at the convenience store across the street – he sells the bottles of honey wine and Harar beer, so we can enjoy them at home!
For more info, visit www.meskelrestaurant.com[where: 2605 E Cherry St, Seattle WA, 98122]