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Restaurant reviews: Dig into African tastes in Salt Lake City
Dining out » Family style portions, eclectic options mark two SLC restaurants.

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The Taste of Mahider platter ($24.99 for two) included some of the vegetable selections above plus two beef dishes and a chicken choice. The yedoro wot or chicken stew delivered moist chicken legs swimming in a thick and hearty berbere-seasoned sauce, while the chunky beef stew (yesega wot) brimmed with heat.

When placing our order for kitfo ($10.99), we were warned repeatedly that the meat would be raw (like steak tartar).

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Red Sea Cafe

Food » Hhj

Mood » Hhj

Service » Hhj

Noise » b

Red Sea brings Ethiopian and Eritrean dining to Sugar House, offering vegetarian, meat and poultry dishes in a quiet respite off 2100 South.

Location » 815 E. 2100 South, Suite B, Salt Lake City; 801-486-1140

Online » www.facebook.com/RedSeaCafe

Hours » Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.

Prices » $-$$

Children’s Menu » No

Liquor » Beer and wine

Corkage » $7

Reservations » Yes

Takeout » Yes

Wheelchair access » No

Outdoor dining » No

Onsite parking » Yes

Credit cards » Visa, MasterCard, Discover


Mahider Ethiopian Restaurant

Food » HH

Mood » HH

Service » HH

Noise » bb

Serves a large selection of African foods, such as kitfo and tej wine, including vegetarian and meat selections. Combination plates served in family-style portions are your best bet.

Location » 1465 S. State St., No. 7, Salt Lake City; 801-975-1111

Online » www.facebook.com/pages/Mahider-Ethiopian-Restaurant/196543583754987

Hours » Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Prices » $$

Children’s menu » Yes

Liquor » Beer and wine

Corkage » No fee

Reservations » Yes

Takeout » Yes

Wheelchair access » Yes

Outdoor dining » No

Onsite parking » Yes

Credit cards » All major

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The beef is finely minced and prepared in mitmita, a spicy seasoning using the African bird’s eye chile pepper and clarified butter, which is then mixed with kaseret herbs and injera to soak up the meat juices. Our table considered it a successful representation.

A sampling of desserts, including baklava ($2.99), carrot cake ($3.49) and cheesecake ($3.99), round out the menu’s plentiful choices. And if you ever have two or three hours to spare, try the coffee ceremony that celebrates this all-important ingredient in the Ethiopian culture.

Now that there are additional African restaurants to choose from, it’s easy to see how each will develop its own following based on locations, flavors and atmosphere. For smaller portions and a quieter dining experience, try Red Sea. For lively surroundings and more selection, Mahider Ethiopian Restaurant is the place to go — be sure to bring friends and your appetite.

Salt Lake Tribune restaurant reviewer Heather L. King blogs at www.examiner.com/lunch-in-salt-lake-city/heather-king. Send comments about this review to food@sltrib.com or post a response at facebook.com/tribremix.

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