Tana Market

Written by on October 30, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

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Tana Market

How I heard of this place: My friend Bayan had a hankering for some fried meat and touted the horn of Tana, a place we simply had to sample on this late evening. Apparently, the market is known among Ethiopians for “beef sushi” and is best had on Thursday’s when the meat is freshly butchered.

Type of cuisine: The Market is really just that – a market selling specialty, ethic products, with a space set aside with mis-matched tables and chairs, cramped into a small area, and available for dining. Ethiopian food, specializing in meat dishes, served with injara and spicy accoutrements grace the plates and the tables in this establishment.

Tana Market Convenience Store

Ambiance: The space has been more recently remodeled, with new light fixtures, but the feel is casual, unrefined and without pretense. Help yourself to drinks from the market refrigerators and let the friendly staff behind the counter know what you ate and drank on the way out. Pick up some groceries to take home and you are all set. Literally, a one-stop shop.

Tana Market Dining Nook

What I ordered: I left the ordering to my friend, the pro, and we were presented with a large helping of tibes ($10.50), diced beef sauteed in its own fat with onions and jalapenos, served with a side of injara and spicy, horse-radish sauces. One order for two was definitely enough to satisfy any spice and meat craving we may have had.

Tana Market Fried Beef

What I loved: The jalapenos and spicy, red powder and spicy sauce were my favorite things on the table! But they had to be eaten with something…hence the meat and the best injara I have had to date.

Tana Market Injara

Why I loved it: I loved the homely feeling of the space, the friendliness and smiles given us by the staff and the taste of the injara.

Cost: Low ($9-$10 for a meal serving and satisfying two “healthy” diners)

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