Out of Africa

Ethiopian cuisine in a hidden-away basement restaurant

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f you’ve never eaten injera on a mesob, you’ve been missing out on one of the South End’s greatest dining secrets: Addis Red Sea. Hidden in a basement, this Ethiopian eatery is dimly lit with stools around mesobs—handcrafted, drum-like tables—and serves up lamb, chicken, beef, and vegetables prepared with exotic spices and without plates or utensils. Instead the food is laid out on a injera, a unique Ethiopian flatbread that’s like a pancake but less spongy. Tear off pieces of injera to scoop up the food, and the bread absorbs the rich flavors. Need something to cool to wash down the spicy fare? Try the Ethiopian beer or unique Ethiopian honey wine. There’s also a Cambridge location. Twardzik

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The Boston Ethiopian Sports Club was founded in 1976 to promote amateur soccer and cultural events that bring together Ethiopians and others.

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