Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant is a Black-owned East African food spot in Western Hills on the west side of Cincinnati just off of Glenway Ave near Delhi, Westwood, and West Price Hill. The Restaurant, owned by African American, Dawit Zeleke, serves Ethiopian cuisine so traditional that you’re meant to eat it with your hands.
Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant offers both orders ahead and delivery using apps such as Grub Hub and Seamless. Walking into Habesha Restaurant and Cafe feels like entering a long-lost relative’s home. A mounted TV plays East African music videos, a miniature stage hosts musician on Saturday nights, and billiard balls click in a hidden back room. It’s a friendly vibe cultivated by owner Dawit Zeleke, who moved to Cincinnati from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city, 15 years ago, opening Habesha in 2015.
Ethiopian cuisine is not meant to be eaten alone. The best place to start for a large group will be the mahberawi. A hearty combo platter, it includes helpings of pickled vegetables, lentils, collard greens, and the like served on injera. It’s filling enough for two, and a great appetizer for four. From there you’ll go to the tibs section of the menu. Tibs is a stir fry-like stew made with beef, lamb, or goat. The safest choice will be the derek tibs, or beef, onion, and peppers sautéed in herbed butter. Habesha also offers traditional vegetarian options, so there’s something for everyone.
Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant specializes in their customer needs and satisfaction. They strive to make their food not just with quality, but with love. Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant’s diligent chefs opt to put a smile on customers’ faces. This family runs a business aimed at bringing people together. Once you enter this establishment, they’ll make sure you’re welcomed-hearted and they will show you what Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant Culture’s all about!
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