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Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant & Market


Little Ethiopia

$$$$Perfect For:Dining Solo
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Like its name suggests, Merkato is a functioning market. But there’s also a tiny adjacent dining room with delicious, affordable food that's ideal for a quick lunch. Our go-to is the #13 asa tibs, a gigantic platter consisting of six vegetarian sides such as collard greens and stewed lentils, and a gorgeous whole fried white fish sitting on top like a July centerfold. It’s warm, flaky, and easily enough food for two people, making the $19.99 price tag a very good value. 

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