Meskel Ethiopian Restaurant

Written by on March 21, 2015 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Central District, Seattle, Washington


How I heard of this place: A dozen friends were gathering for a Baha’i Naw Ruz Feast at Meskel and I was among those invited!

Type of cuisine: Flavors burn a little brighter at Meskel, and the menu extends beyond the standard wots (stews rich in berbere, an Ethiopian chile-based spice blend), tibbs (cubed-meat sautes), and veggie combos—there always seems to be something special simmering in the kitchen. And here the injera isn’t just a floppy, edible utensil, but a lively flavor unto itself, lending a cool, pleasantly sour counterpoint to all the slow-cooked stews.” (The Stranger)

Ambiance: A homey setting from the moment you walk up to the corner establishment, reminiscent of visiting a friend for an extraordinary meal. Outdoor patio seating for sunny and warmer days,

Meskel Patio

brightly colored red interior with seating for small and large parties. The family friendly environment is palatable from the moment one sets foot in the doors, and is welcomed by Belaynesh Chera or other members of her family.

Meskel Dining

What I ordered: Shared plates all around, our table had one order of the Vegetable Combination ($15.99): red lentils cooked with spices, cabbage, carrot, potato, shero, greens and tomato fitfit,

Meskel Vegetarian Combination

as well as the Yebeg Tibbs ($14.95): cubes of fresh lamb sautéed with onion and served with fresh salad.

Meskel Vegetarian Combination & Yegel Tibbs

Not to mention, plenty of injara!

 Meskel Injara

What I loved: The salad! Everything on our large plate was smashing, from the spicy to the mild, from the vegetables to the beans, but there was something about the lemony salad that truly stole the show.

Why I loved it: Simple, homey atmosphere enjoyed with friends and excellent food!

Cost: Average ($13 – $16 per shareable lunch entrée)

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