While I was here for my job interview a while back the heat had me on the lam. I was holed up in my hotel, trying to avoid a stroke, and found an article in D discussing Dallas' Ethiopian restaurants and how the volume here compares to New York and Los Angeles.
The D.C. area, where I grew up, has scores of Ethiopian restaurants, supporting the largest African-born population in the States. D.C.'s little Ethiopia is under the pressures of gentrification but remains strong. A small cluster of restaurants remain as more expensive restaurants assert themselves.
I lived about six blocks from my favorite location, Dukem. A life spent covering burgers and Reuben sandwiches requires some temperance, and I went there to indulge a vegetarian meal now and then under the guise that it was healthy, or at least better for me than a basket of deep-fried chicken wings.
D goes on to list 14 area restaurants that make for a good guide for those wanting to explore Ethiopian fare. I tried two of them before deciding to review Ibex. A third, Kereje, (7015 Greenville Ave), which I tried to visit two weekends ago, has closed since the article ran.
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You can read more about Ibex in this week's paper or on the restaurant page, but I'll say this: it's a charmer. The staff is polite, the cooking is solid and the place is dirt cheap. I never spent more than $50 there buying multiple dishes and drinks for up to three friends at a time.