Indianapolis, IN Ethiopian Restaurant

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1. Major Restaurant

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1150 S Mickley AveIndianapolis, IN 46241

(317) 240-2700

This is the second best Ethiopian Restaurant I've been to. The best is in New Brunswick NJ in front of The State Theatre. If I could fix my own plat…

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2. St. Yared

11210 Fall Creek RdIndianapolis, IN 46256

(317) 363-4435

From Business: We specialize in Ethiopian feed, coffee and tea. Our establishment has a full bar.

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3. Sisters Comfort Food

2236 E 10th StIndianapolis, IN 46201

(317) 223-0942
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4. Jiallos

4202 W 56th StIndianapolis, IN 46254

(317) 492-1603
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5. Diarra's Cuisine

2989 W 71st StIndianapolis, IN 46268

(317) 297-7752
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6. Shish Falafel

3350 W 16th StIndianapolis, IN 46222

(317) 280-7262
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7. Jillos Afro & African Caribbean Cuisine

5130 W 38th StIndianapolis, IN 46254

(317) 290-1880
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8. Axum Ethiopian Restaurant

825 N Pennsylvania StIndianapolis, IN 46204

(317) 964-0580
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Major Restaurant
tater rated
2nd Best

This is the second best Ethiopian Restaurant I've been to. The best is in New Brunswick NJ in front of The State Theatre. If I could fix my own plate the collard greens,& lamb with curry!

Major Restaurant
greeneggz rated
an Ethiopian gem!

A gem! "Major" is the family name of the owners.I had the Doro Wat, the chicken leg and hard-boiled egg in a spicy smokey-flavored stew. It came served sizzling in a clay pot with a woven fiber lid, on top of a goblet-like holder. The chicken leg was very delicious, with the meat being fall-off-the-bone tender. The stew was spicy/smokey in a way that I wasn't used to, but the flavor really grew on me. The stew was spicey-hot but not as burning as a level 5 (out of 5) spiciness at a Thai restaurant. The flavors really stood out, not the hot-ness.The sides are served on a huge plastic platter lined with a large "pancake" of enjera (also spelled injera) bread. I got 5 sides, but that was more than what was listed on the menu for this dish. (From reading other reviews, I think they're over-serving customers to start out with.) I was also served a basket covered with a cloth napkin, containing 3 rolls of enjera bread. One of the sides was a good, almost American-style, lettuce/tomato/onion salad. The other 4 sides were standard Ethiopian vegetables, also with flavorings very unique to Ethiopian/Eritrean cuisine.If memory serves, the sides were not as spicy-hot as those served at other Ethiopian restaurants. Again, more flavorful-spicey, not spicey-hot.The first time I went to an Ethiopian restaurant, I tended to use too large pieces of enjera to scoop up the stewy/pasty foods. The key is to use a small piece of enjera for the most food you can scoop, so as not to fill up on the enjera bread. 3/4" by 1-1/2" or 1"x2" pieces of enjera bread work for me. That way, you can use up the three enjera rolls, and finish eating the platter-liner at the same time as the last morsel of food.The fact that I ate the entire enjera lining the platter seemed to please the waitress/owner.The soft-drink apparently didn't come with refills, but the ice-water was free.Service was cheerful and friendly, but not quite as attentive as what most Westerners are used to. She could have come by the table a couple more times. When she cleared the platter and clay pot, she did not check back to see if I wanted more, or wanted dessert or the check. I went to the cash register to request the check. I don't know if that's standard operating procedure here (as it is in many authentic mexican restaurants).Ambience up front is okay. There are some Ethiopian decorations and pictures of Ethiopian children. There were two flat-screen TVs, with the sound off. Background music seemed Ethiopian. The floor and walls are nice, but the ceiling tiles reflect the el-cheapo strip mall.There are 15 western-style tables-for-4 in the front area; and there's another section with the traditional Ehtiopian platter holders with more comfortable chairs, seating about 12.The tables-for-4 have cloth tablecloths under a glass table-top, nice looking plastic flowers as a centerpiece, a paper napkin dispenser, salt shaker, toothpick jar, and what looks like a lime-juice squeeze-container.The men's room reflected the age of the bulding, and needed remodeling, but was recently painted, and was very clean.I'll have to go back to the other restaurant to compare, but if memory serves, I like the food here better.Although it's VERY easy to get to, literally just a stone's throw from the West Washington Street exit of I-465, the location here is terrible for a restaurant. Morris Street dead-end's here. Therefore, no drive by's except for the people who live in the apartment complex behind this strip mall. You just don't see this from Washington Street or the main part of Morris. Unless they get tons of word-of-mouth, they'll fold just like previous restaurants at this location.Bottom line: Worthy of patronage. Worth going out of your way for. Ambience won't impress, but the food and sweetness of the staff is definitely good enough for the boss/wife/gf/inlaws/etc.

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