Guess where I'm eating Ethiopian kitfo?

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Lori Midson

Most of the Ethiopian joints in Denver won't win any design awards for their muted aesthetics, but this Ethiopian restaurant, despite its pedestrian outside appearance, boasts a lovely dining room, and as far as I know, it's the only place in Denver that serves gurage kitfo, a southern Ethiopian dish of minced raw meat rich with clarified butter and aromatic with a chile-intensive spice blend called mitmita, the mound of which is paired with stewed collard greens and ayib, a mild, fresh, soft cheese that counteracts the fire of the mitmita. Heavenly.

Can you guess where I'm eating?

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TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Mmm, isn't it good? :)

If it's where I think it is (don't worry, I won't blab), they sometimes offer the traditional Gurage bread, kocho (made with enset [false-banana plant] starch) as an alternative to injera. I think it works even better that way.

Their tibs is mighty tasty too!

ceegee
ceegee

Ethiopian Restaurant?

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Oh plop. My place is in Aurora and I'm thinking this one's actually in the city.

Well, if it turns out to be somewhere else just remind me and I'll tell you about the one I'm thinking of :)

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Oh, I was right after all :) Incidentally, Megenagna gets their cookies and pastries from Omonoia Greek Bakery, so those of you who don't feel like going quite that far west on Colfax now have another option.

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @LoriMidsonCafeSociety I hate to be the one to tell you this but in this case, CitySearch is full of beans.

The menu that mystery person posted to their site comes from a web page that at first would *seem* to be for the restaurant you're talking about, but in fact it's just a basic introductory site about Ethiopian food - what sorts of dishes one might expect to see at a restaurant etc.

The eatery you mention actually doesn't have a web page at all and, to the best of my knowledge, has never offered the dish in question - the owners are Amhara so I would be very surprised if they had suddenly decided to serve Gurage dishes, which are from a region at the opposite end of Ethiopia.

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