Eating to Live on the Outside: Abay Ethiopian Cuisine --UPDATE--

Alright, it’s Friday. The week’s almost over. Just ONE thing left to do. It’s time for Eating to Live on the Outside. And this week Abay Ethiopian Cuisine is on the menu. It looks pretty good. Plenty of veggie food! Here’s what I like:

Abay House Salad

  • Leaf lettuce, string beans, red onions, tomatoes, peppers and a olive oil and fresh lime juice dressing; limit or omit the dressing and you’re all set.

Tomato Salad

  • Diced tomatoes, onions, peppers and the olive oil-fresh lime dressing; same deal, just WATCH the dressing.

Potato Salad

  • Potatoes, peppers, onions, cinnamon and special house dressing; keep an eye out for that DRESSING!

Indugay Wat

  • Fresh mushrooms, brown lentils and berbere sauce; no problems here.

Kay Sir Dinich

  • Potatoes, fresh beets, garlic, ginger and onions; sounds GREAT, beets kick butt!


  • Brown lentils, onions, green peppers, cumin and lime juice; very nice.

Misir Wat

  • Red lentils simmered in berbere sauce; I like it.

Shiro Wat

  • Ground split peas, lentils and chickpeas simmered in berbere and seasonings; I LOVE those peas!

Kik Alicha

  • Yellow split peas simmered in flavorful sauce; it’s cool, but ask about the sauce before ordering.

Tikil Gomen

  • Lightly spiced cabbage, carrots, onions and tomatoes stewed in a mild sauce; I’d ask about the sauce here too.

Ye’ Abesha Gomen

  • Kale, peppers, ginger, garlic and onions slow-cooked in a mild sauce; again with the sauce, but hooray for KALE!

Wow! All that stuff looks GREAT. I have A LOT of favorites this week! Now, if you’re also having trouble deciding what to order. Combine up to four entrees and SHARE with your tablemates!

I’m digging Abay. It’d DEFINIENTLY work for a nutritarian, but tell me what you think. Check out Abay’s menu and let me know how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside. Make a comment or send an email to Until then, eat right! Peace.

UPDATE: Check it out, the owner of Abay dropped me a line:

I ran across your post on Abay. Thanks so much for taking the time to consider my restaurant. I noticed that a poster indicated that our wats contain butter. All of our vegan dishes truly are vegan. This includes the vegetarian wats. Thus, Misir, Inguday and Shiro contain no butter despite the fact that they are wat stews.
Arguably, we take people's food decisions to the extreme in that we don't even use the same cooking utensils for vegetarian and meat dishes, let alone include animal products in dishes we denote as vegan. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Thank you.

James W. Wallace, Esq.
Abay Ethiopian Cuisine

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Keith - October 10, 2008 10:52 PM

Mind the wat. It is made with niter kibbeh, which is basically spiced clarified butter.

I love Ethiopian cooking. I make a few (vegan, no oil or butter) dishes at home every once in a while. I would probably have it all of the time if I could make a decent injera at home.

Sara - October 11, 2008 9:43 PM

While we are asking questions, what about the berbere sauce? What is in it? Is it VERY spicy?

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