Eating to Live on the Outside: Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant

As a Yankees fan going to bean town is almost a sacrilege, but sometimes we all have to make sacrifices. This week Eating to Live on the Outside “travels” to Fasika in Boston, Massachusetts.

Baseball loyalties aside, Fasika looks like a great place to eat. They serve food made with a variety of vegetables, like collard greens, cabbage and eggplant. Here are some good choices:

Ethiopian Salad

  • Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and jalapeno peppers in lemon vinaigrette; nothing wrong with this, but I’d order the dressing on the side.


  • Lentil salad with jalapeno peppers, onions and vinegar; looks cool.


  • Traditional sauce made from roasted legumes and Berbere; beans are great and musical too!

Yé-Misir Wot

  • Split lentils cooked in berbere sauce; no problems here.

Yé-kik Alicha

  • Split peas cooked in garlic and ginger sauce; I dig it.

Yé-Gomen Wot

  • Collard green leaves sautéed with onions and garlic; the sautéing is iffy, but the collard greens are awesome.

Yé-Atakilt Kilikil

  • Green beans, carrots, potatoes and onions cooked in a mild sauce; another good one.

Yé-Tikil Gomen

  • Fresh cabbages, carrots, potatoes and green pepper cooked in a turmeric sauce; cabbage is very musical too, hooray!

Vegetable Curry

  • Eggplants, squash, green and red peppers sautéed in a curry sauce; same deal with the sautéing.

Fasika totally works! I'd order either the Yé-Tikil Gomen or the Yé-Gomen Wot. In general, Ethiopian food is pretty rock star! Not a lot of frills and packed with vegetables.

But, Ethiopians do eat some funky stuff too. I saw on TV that they drink coffee with butter and salt. Yuck! Anyway, do me a favor. Flip through Fasika’s menu and tell what you’d order.

Image credit: Faskia Ethiopian Restaurant

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LS Revesz - June 6, 2009 1:58 PM

We have a wonderful Ethiopian restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ, called MAKEDA. My wife and I visit before seeing shows at The State Theater or George Street Playhouse.

Michael - June 8, 2009 10:47 AM

I love visiting ethnic restaurants. It amazes me how many people think eating a vegetarian/vegan diet is restrictive. Since switching to a plant-based diet, the variety of foods and tastes have increased at least 10-fold. SAD foods tends to be greasy, salty, and or sweet. By visiting ethnic restaurants and trying exotic fruits and vegetables, it's truly amazing how diverse a diet you can eat without animal products, refined sugar and flour, salt, butter and oils and other spices that predominate SAD food.


Betty - June 8, 2009 10:57 AM

This sounded good so I looked up a recipe for Yé-Tikil Gomen and it may not apply to the restaurant recipe, but the one I found had 1/2 cup of oil. It may be something to remember to ask about if you eat there.

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