Our Missional Community small group spends the Second Sunday of every month out in the city in the hopes that our hearts will continue to grow for LA and that we will discover new places to dine or hang out.
Our first Second Sunday was spent at a local Indian restaurant and for this outing we kept in tradition and explored another cultural gem in LA - Little Ethiopia on Fairfax avenue just south of Olympic Blvd.
We arrived early (an intentional plan of mine) with just enough time to peruse the block's thrift and antique shops. I had driven pass these shops so many times and was really looking forward to walking through one in particular, Helping Hand Thrift Shop. It was such an amazing first stop (for me, not sure if the boys enjoyed it as much). I love finding unique fashions and house decor and it was a blast seeing the guys play around in piles of lampshades and old globes.
Once the whole gang arrived we made our way over to Little Ethiopia Restaurant after reading some reviews on Yelp and finding out that only certain shops are open late on Sundays.
We were the only guests at the time and were seated in the front party room. Most of us had never had Ethiopian food but our friends Hope and Caleb helped stere us in the right direction.
LA is full of more displaced transplants than extended families. However, there is a benefit to being thrown together with friends who have such varied backgrounds and experiences. No one where I grew up has traveled as extensively as some of our friends here in LA and I am so grateful to be able to experience and try new things alongside them.
I won't attempt to speak at length about the food as I am not the most eloquent foodie nor do I have the arsenal of words you'd need to describe our meal. It was flavorful and unique and eating it with our hands was pretty fun.
We ordered 2 huge sampler plates of what we were told were some of the more common dishes; beans, cabbage, collard green, lentils and split peas. And of course all were eaten with Injera sourdough flat-bread.
We spent about 2 hours at the restaurant from start to finish talking and scooping and laughing at how unattractive we looked eating our delicious first Ethiopian. Our dish was so flavorful and trying different world cuisines with friends broke down the self-conscious barriers we would have had dining here alone.
The food was delicious and the company even better. The extra time we waited for food to come out gave us a chance to swap more hilarious stories. I highly suggested Little Ethiopia if you are looking for a one stop shop for shopping and eating with a twist in LA. Vintage finds and some of the best lentils I have ever had - sign me up for another round.
~ A ~