Hollywood’s Yellow Green Farmer’s Market (Hollywood, FL) is home to South Florida Ethiopian Restaurant, a takeout counter serving up authentic food to an eager audience.
By Nicole Danna (New Times Broward-Palm Beach) |
It’s only been a few days since I visited the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood in search of a new Ethiopian eatery, and already I’m craving the rainbow’s worth of vegetable and lentil stews I discovered.
It’s not a hunger pang that can be quickly comforted. This isn’t Los Angeles or New York City, where a growing selection of varied Ethiopian restaurants are recreating the country’s best dishes. This is South Florida; another good restaurant of this kind is 50 miles north, tucked away in a sleepy residential West Palm Beach neighborhood.
Hollywood’s Yellow Green Farmers Market has become a great spot to go in search of exotic, hard-to-find fare. The market is currently home to everything from a sit-down Indonesian and Moroccan restaurant to a Haitian eatery specializing in savory, meat-filled puff pastries — and, of course, this new Ethiopian restaurant.
The small stand specializing in the country’s vegetable-centric dishes launched in August 2014 as South Florida Ethiopian Restaurant, where owner Derek Ford and his wife, Lewam, dished out a small takeout menu to an eager audience. The eatery was the couple’s response to the area’s lack of Ethiopian options, and every dish was a specialty crafted by Lewam, formerly of Sheba, Miami’s only Ethiopian eatery that closed several years ago.
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