If you have to endure this kind of traffic where Fairfax Avenue compresses from two down to one lane, then why not stop for refreshment midway?
Orthodox Ethiopian Jews eat vegan on ritual days. But you don't have to wait to sample it; Rahel serves vegan food every day. We are not vegan. But, given a tasty alternative, we prefer to eat lower down the food chain. This is one of our family's favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. If you didn't tell someone that the food is vegan here, I don't think they would notice the absence of dead animals.
We start by sampling the salads.
Then we return with a clean plate for the hot entrees, which we eat with injera.
teff flour, which is difficult to source outside of Ethiopia. Consequently, most restaurants in America stretch it out 50/50 with wheat flour. However, 100% teff injera is available upon request at Rahel.
After stuffing ourselves, I like to shop for (what else?) textiles. Iris enjoys the thrift shops, especially the vintage jewelry. We have also had fun purchasing CDs of world music.
- Discover LA's guide to Little Ethiopia
- LA Times neighborhood synopsis
- Little Ethiopia Business Association
- Rosalind's: oldest African restaurant on the block and it offers west African food, too
- Genet's: spiciest and some say the most authentic
- Messob: good food and great atmosphere
What we order when not dining at a buffet:
- Vegetarian sampler: for large groups, get several
- Doro wot: chicken and egg stew with spices
- Beef tibs: for carnivorous Iris
- Whole Fried Catfish: because it looks so cool and tastes pretty good