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$$$$Perfect For:Casual Weeknight DinnerVegetarians
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Lemat is the go-to spot for comforting Ethiopian food in Berkeley, and it also feels like a neighborhood clubhouse. Contrary to what you’d expect from a cavernous space, this spot is warm and friendly—and perfect for spending a couple of hours scooping up aromatic stews, sauteed tibs, and the raw beef kitfo special with springy, all-teff injera. We also love the surprisingly good cocktail menu, which includes a peppery berbere margarita and the gin-based pineapple juice fizz. 

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