rkduggins Posted October 19, 2006 Share Posted October 19, 2006 The Neophyte Files. Report: Addis Ababa, Silver Spring, MD When you enter Addis Ababa you're immediately embraced by the scent of mingled spices. Our group had a table upstairs in the covered patio area. Midweek the restaurant is not crowded, and the wait staff was immediately attentive. The bottle of red we ordered (bear with me; I came in late and never got a good look at the bottle!) was served too warm, but was definitely drinkable as it cooled to room temperature. A brief negotiation over seafood/no seafood, quantity and variety of greens and meat preparation ended with orders of beyaynetu, doro wat, zilzil tibs, special tibs, siksikoch and ybeg wat. The staff prepared two trays with equal amounts of all dishes without our having to ask. I felt that was a thoughtful touch. The waitress was also careful to point out the milder items that would be palatable to children on the dish closest to Peanut, which I also thought was nice. Conversation flowed easily, and the group was very welcoming. The evening ended with coffee and baklava that was perhaps too long in the pastry case. The total plus tip came out to $17 per person. Everyone offered a positive assessment, several said that they would return. Overall a nice introduction to the Don Rockwell crew for this newcomer. Thanks for a fun meal, everyone! Rachel Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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