Abugida Ethiopian Cafe is working to build a fan base among the vegan crowd, so there are ample vegetarian options, including the “Vegetarian Feast.”
By David Hale (Charlotte Agenda) |
While wasting time on Facebook a few weeks ago, I came across a post from a neighbor raving about the new Ethiopian restaurant on Central Avenue — Abugida Ethiopian Cafe [3007 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205]. So, my wife and I decided to give it a shot.
The restaurant is warm, well lit and inviting. Incense burns in the air, East African art adorns the walls and a medley of pop-sounding African music set the ambiance.
I don’t know the first thing about Ethiopian cuisine, but the staff — mostly the family that owns Abugida Ethiopian Cafe — was more than happy to assist.
The menu is authentic — or so I was told — but not extravagant.
Our server explained the basics, offered a few recommendations and had a good understanding of American tastes — suggesting a few things that would be more approachable and a few others that might stretch your culinary boundaries.
Abugida is working to build a fan base among the vegan crowd, so there are ample vegetarian options, including the “Vegetarian Feast,” which my wife happily ordered.
I went with the Zilzil Wat, a beef stew that I was told was savory and spicy.
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