Walia Ethiopian Cuisine

Most San Joseans will tell you that Zeni has the best Ethiopian food in town. We beg to differ. Yes, Zeni is fantastic, but Walia, a restaurant in a nondescript shopping center in West San Jose, has a wider-ranging menu of both classic and less-common dishes that are uniformly delicious. Dig into food loaded with flavor and spice in the dining room hung with floor-to-ceiling drapes and lined with portraits of legendary Ethiopians. Try the ingudai tibs, a mushroomy take on a meaty standard, or ayib, a zippy Ethiopian cottage cheese that we’ve rarely found elsewhere.

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