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Ethio Cafe and Restaurant
Posted by Samuel G on 12/24/2011
I came here about a year ago and it was amazing (see previous reviews). However it is now under new management and everything has gone way downhill. The food is bland and hot dishes were served lukeworm at best. Our water was never refilled - our waitress was rude when we ordered and we almost never saw her after that (except for bringing our food out about an hour later; even had to poke my head into the kitchen to get the check - and it's filthy in there!). Again, this is no longer run by the sweet older woman, it is under new management and is an absolute nightmare.
Posted by Julia on 01/30/2011
Meticulously clean - I don't think I've ever been to a restaurant as clean as this (seriously) Welcoming atmosphere - sunny yellow walls and flowers on every table greet you on a cold winter night Prompt and friendly service - the owner, Genet, takes so much pride in her cooking, and wants you to love Ethiopian food as much as she does. She is truly excited to introduce you to new flavors, or fulfill your cravings for your favorite dish. A friend's comment: "I wish she was my mom..." Lowest price for highest quality - ask for a sampling of the chef's favorites, instead of ordering specific entrees. We fed 6 people for $36 dollars this way, and all of us walked away stuffed and happy Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays are *all-you-can-eat vegetarian* for only $8.99! I am very well acquainted with traditional Ethiopian cooking, as I am friends with and have worked with multiple Ethiopian and Eritrean foodies. This restaurant is the best I've ever had. Perfect for Ethiopian die-hards and new eaters alike!
Posted by Makonnen on 01/16/2011
My husband is Ethiopian, so trust me when I say that I know good Ethiopian food. We havr tried just about every Ethiopian restaurant in the city and this one...hands down... Is the best! The only reason why I gave them 4.5 stars and not 5 is because their injera is not as firm and not as sour as we like it. Other than the injera, the food was delicious! We did the sambusas, lamb wot and the tibs with the all you can eat veggie buffet. This not only fed 5 of us until we were stuffed but left us with plenty of money in our pockets. Every mouthful of the food was seasoned so perfectly, that we did not leave a single lentil on our tray. Many people go to a restaurant for the ambiance... We go for the food and this food is the best! Seriously! No one else in Philly can compete... DC? That's a different story... Philly title though... goes to Ethio Cafe!
Posted by Karina Hurtado-Ocampo on 01/19/2010
The guy who gave that review is crazy! this restaurants food was great! The atmosphere isnt 5 star status but the people are very kind and respectful and its clean- thats enough for me if your food is THIS good!
Posted by Genet Bersoma on 12/17/2009
I am the owner of the ethio cafe and carry out located at 4400 chestnut st. thank you for dininnig at our restaurant but would like to tell my customer that the owner of the restaurant is the chef and was not the one who was watching tvon that day. one among our customers get along with us, loves our food and act like his restaurant spends most of his time with us that was the guy watching tv alday long. again thank you for your comment will try to serve better. hope see you in the future. thanks again
Posted by Ernie Young on 11/06/2009
This restaurant has a poor atmosphere. When we ate there, the owner was watching TV the entire time and we were unable to talk. Also, the prices were too high given the dingy atmosphere. You can do better given the high prices and quality of food.