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E for November
Posted October 19th, 2008 - 4:27 pm by from Berkeley, United States (Permalink)
Let's get the ball rolling with the E for November suggestions.

Here is a list of letter E countries:

Ecuador
East Timor
Egypt
El Salvador
England
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia

At yesterday's SF Foodies dim sum brunch, we discussed ideas for next month's E-themed restaurant event...and people were overwhelmingly in favor of East African food (Ethiopian/Eritrean).

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Based on recommendations, reviews, and conversations with restaurant management, I'd like recommend the following two restaurants:

My top pick for East African is New Eritrean Restaurant & Bar, 907 Irving St. in the Inner Sunset. They have a nice private room in back which seats 40 people and they are willing to work with us to create a great family style meal. Also close to Muni train for easy access to downtown.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/new-eritrea-restaurant-and-bar-san-francisco

My second choice pick is Massawa Restaurant, 1538 Haight St. in the Upper Haight
http://www.yelp.com/biz/massawa-restaurant-san-francisco

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SF Foodies - Please read through the above restaurant recommendations and feel free to add your own "E" for November suggestions.


The tentative date for this event has been set to Thursday, November 20th.


Posted October 19th, 2008 - 7:39 pm from Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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Posted October 23rd, 2008 - 5:49 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
i prefer the inner sunset place, and a dark horse would
be the Eritrean place on geary just a block down from
masonic and the pig and whistle.

Posted October 30th, 2008 - 11:14 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
I LOVE Ethiopian food so i'm definitely down with that. My favorite so far has been Cafe Ethiopia in the Mission but I would like to try other place.

I am curious though about any good Egyptian places. I'll dig around and let you know if I come across one.

Date sounds good as well so count me in :)

Posted November 1st, 2008 - 6:17 pm by from Berkeley, United States (Permalink)
hi maggie and foodies,
i love ethiopian (probably celebrating turning 25 at an ethiopian restaurant next week...!) ;) so i'm in. i think the new restaurant sounds good, AND also the second choice. open to either, then. thurs good, too.if anyone's interested, there's swing dancing at the russian center at 9:30pm-late if anyone wants to go with me!!

Posted November 2nd, 2008 - 9:52 pm by from Berkeley, United States (Permalink)
There's a really great Eritrean place on Geary around 7th. Forget the name, as I always go there and just know where it is. I wonder if its the same one Herb is talking about. It's super yummy and the people who work there are darlings.

But I really like that the place you mentioned has a private room...it sounds nice so I think that gets my vote.

For ethiopian, Wazeima on Divisidaro is really good too.

And for anyone who doesn't know - Eritrea is the country right next to Ethiopia and their cuisine is extremely similar, so I am sure if you like Ethiopian, you'll love Eritrean too!


Posted November 3rd, 2008 - 12:27 am from San Francisco, United States
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Posted November 3rd, 2008 - 12:49 am from San Francisco, United States
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Posted November 7th, 2008 - 12:12 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Eritrean and Ethiopian foods are essentially the same. You'll see. Yes the Eritrean restaurant on Geary and Masonic is cheap and good.

Posted November 7th, 2008 - 9:19 am from San Francisco, United States
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Posted November 7th, 2008 - 5:46 pm by from Berkeley, United States (Permalink)
That's not necessarily true in the restaurants that exist here in San Francisco and are run from people from Eritrea. I have eaten at several Eritrean places here in SF, and the flavors have a subtle difference, but most of the food is similar. They are not the same, but they are not that different either. I don't think it has to do with being North American and making assumptions, since some of us are speaking from our experience with the places we have tried here in the city.

Posted November 8th, 2008 - 12:08 am from San Francisco, United States
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Posted November 8th, 2008 - 7:45 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
I eat out all the time and until I came to SF, I never had Ethiopian food before, even though I have had Eritrean food in London, Toronto and Sydney in the past.

Finally, last summer I went to two different Ethiopian restaurants in town with an Ethiopian friend; when I asked her what's the difference between the Eritrean cuisine and the Ethiopian one she said none.

Posted November 7th, 2008 - 5:49 pm by from Berkeley, United States (Permalink)
Yeah, Enzo...it's been open there as Wazeima for the last 2-3 years.

Posted November 7th, 2008 - 6:56 pm from San Francisco, United States
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Posted November 7th, 2008 - 5:40 am by from Oakland, United States (Permalink)
hi people

having dined at both, and massawa just this week, let me recommend maggie's first choice, the New Eritrean. Massawa is good so you wont go wrong if you select that, but the injera bread isn't as flabby at the New Eritrean, and the spices and herbs in the various stews are intense yet more evenly balanced, one not overpowering the others. Portions are about the same and the ambiance is nicer. The layout at Massawa just feels "cold". A bank of tables opposite a bar, harsh bright lights. Its a diner to grab something to eat, Eritrean seating is more comfortable and you feel like your dining. PLUS, you dont smell like the stews for two days.

Posted November 13th, 2008 - 11:57 am by from Berkeley, United States (Permalink)
Thank you Ella, Herb, Tanya, Sonya, Susan, Theo and Max, Enzo, Tamer, John and Cathy, and everyone else who provided input on this month's foodie event. There are definitely some good restaurants to choose from for our E for Ethiopian/Eritrean theme.

It looks like the 2 most frequently mentioned restaurants in the thread were Assab Eritrean Restaurant (on Geary) and New Eritrea Restaurant & Bar.

Herb, Tamer, and Susan, you all suggested Assab Eritrean on Geary. This was actually the very first place that came to my mind when I thought of Ethiopian/Eritrean food in SF. It's cosy, with great food and an authentic atmosphere. So sad to report that when I called the restaurant and spoke with the owner, she promptly informed me that she does not allow reservations for parties of more than 10 people at her restaurant. It is a small family place and she intends to keep it that way. So larger groups are out of the question. Well, I gotta hand it to the lady, at least she knows her boundaries and sticks to them. You've gotta give her that. So Assab Eritrean Restaurant still remains a great option for smaller dinner gatherings in the future...

For this month's A to Z series foodie event, we will be eating at New Eritrea Restaurant and Bar. A friendly neighborhood restaurant with tasty East African food. The entrees run $7 to $10.50, so you can eat you fill and still keep some change to spare. I look forward to seeing all of you there!

** EVENT LINK: http://www.couchsurfing.com/meetings.html?mid=21133


Special note: Our SF foodie friend Tomasz will be leaving for South America on Wednesday, November 19th. He has requested that we schedule the dinner for before he heads off on his trip, if at all possible.

The November A to Z event will be held this coming Tuesday. This way we can all eat some tasty Eritrean food together AND see the very talented Mr. Enzo Lombard take to the stage, all in the same week. :)

Cheers,
Maggie

P.S. Emmanuel was away on business during last month's dim sum event, so he looks forward to joining us this time round.


Posted November 13th, 2008 - 5:10 pm from Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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Posted November 13th, 2008 - 11:56 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Oh no! I have dinner with my land lady the same night. I hope she cancels again like last time. Maybe it's a good thing because if my right hand is not healed by then, i will have to eat with my left hand. GROSS! The ultimate faux pas in Indian eating etiquette!!! LOL.

Posted November 14th, 2008 - 1:48 am from San Francisco, United States
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