Ethiopian Restaurants

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Has anybody eaten at a Ethiopian Restaurant? Is the food safe for people with PA/TNA?

On Nov 9, 2005

Hi, I don't want to give advice that might be unsafe, so I have edited this response a bit.

My husband was a missionaries kid and grew up in Ethiopia.

So, yes. I've eaten the food here and over there many times.

**Edited to add(Upon seaching the internet for peanut stew, I did indeed find Ethiopian recipes. I'm not sure if these are adapted recipes from West Africa, vegetarian additions, or if there are regions of Ethiopia where they use peanuts, peanut oil, and peanut butter.) I would ask to be safe.

Cindia

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On Nov 9, 2005

there is an Ethopian restaurant here in Tucson that has no nuts or peanuts...it's nice, I can eat anything off the menu!

Adrienne

------------------ 30-year old survivor of sever peanut/tree nut allergy

On Nov 9, 2005

I've never had any problem with Ethiopian food either. It's great for vegetarians, too!

On Nov 9, 2005

Thanks for all your replys. I'm going to Chicago this weekend and my friends want to a Ethiopan Restaurant, now I can't wait to try it. Any suggestions on what to order?

On Nov 9, 2005

I ate Ethiopian peanut and chicken stew all the time when I was pregnant with DD. There are some peanut dishes in their cuisine. I would think it would depend on the particular restuarant you want to try.

Cathy

On Nov 9, 2005

Welcome, in advance, to Chicago! For Ethiopian food, I highly recommend Ras Dashen (5846 N. Broadway, [url="http://www.rasdashenchicago.com)."]www.rasdashenchicago.com).[/url] They are located on the Far North Side, in the Edgewater neighborhood. I have eaten there a number of times without any problem. I am a vegetarian, but I just looked at their menu on their website, and they don't seem to have anything like peanut chicken (thank goodness!). Of course, you should always ask just to be on the safe side. Sometimes with Ethiopian food it is hard to know exactly what you are eating, because most things are basically stews, sometimes cooked for a very long time till they are kinda mushy, and the flavors are often unfamiliar. But everything I've had at Ras Dashen is delicious and the servers and owner are very friendly and willing to explain & answer questions. Ras Dashen is a wonderful neighborhood spot (though people do come from outside of the neighborhood to eat there--it was even featured on our local PBS restaurant show), and like many Ethiopian places the prices are extremely reasonable. As for what to order, my friends and I usually get the vegetarian combo, because then you get to sample a lot of different dishes. Oh, also, there is an appetizer like a little fried turnover with either spinach or lentils inside, which is also great. I'm not sure what meat dishes to recommend...but I bet they're all good!

On Nov 9, 2005

The two Ethiopian restaurants I've been to were chock full of peanuts.

Be careful!

Amy

On Nov 10, 2005

Revisiting topic...

Did an internet search, I did find peanut stew as a dish served in some Ethiopian restaurants. First I've ever heard of it (my husband too). He lived there 18 years, his parents lived there for 40 years. Neither had heard of this. It might be regional or an adaptation of a West African cuisine or vegetarian cuisine.

Bottom line: Ask, and be careful.

Cindia

On Nov 10, 2005

I actually ate at Zemam's last night, the Ethiopian place in Tucson. It's a husband and wife team, they emmigrated from Ethiopia, though I'm not sure what region. I asked about peanuts and nuts in their cuisine, and nuts/peanuts seemed to be a foreign ingredient to them...none of their dishes have nuts/peanuts and they've never used them (even back home)

So yeah, now I think that one cannot generalize Ethiopian restaurants: how americanized are they? what region in Ethiopia? is it really an African restaurant calling itself Ethiopian?

anyhoot - if you can find a safe Ethiopian place...different spices and tastes, really interesting!

Adrienne

------------------ 30-year old survivor of sever peanut/tree nut allergy

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