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TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Ethiopian to Ethi-go-pian!

Now, I am no stranger to Ethiopian food in this city…but this is the first time I’ve had it delivered. Rendez-Vous Ethiopian Authentic Cuisine has been serving it up on the Danforth since 2001, so you know it’s gotta be good. And like some other Ethiopian joints I’ve been to, their menu was massive — no less than 70 items to choose from!

Me, I went with Gored Gored, a cubed beef dish best served raw or very rare. It was cold when I got it, so I’m guessing it might have been uncooked…

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But man, this was some of the most tender beef I’ve ever had. It just melted in my mouth, with some of that sour injera bread as a vessel, so I didn’t get my hands (too) dirty. The meat had a pretty good kick to it, too, but the spiciest part was the leftover bread at the bottom!

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You KNOW I wasn’t gonna let it go to waste, though! This dish was enough food for 4 people, and enough bread for 5 or 6… or just another dinner for one in Flavourtown, son!!!

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Ethiopian lamb ribs @ Lalibela Restaurant

So, we’re hanging out at Lalibela, this funky Ethiopian joint at Bloor and Ossington. Now, I’ve been to other Ethiopian joints before, but this one was named best in the city, and they’ve definitely got the most massive menu — with 69 dishes, not counting salad and desserts!!!

Now, I’ve done Ethiopian beef before, and I even went with a combo platter, but when I saw six different lamb dishes to choose from, I knew I had to pick one. So I went with the goden tibs, a mixture of cubed lamb and lamb ribs:

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Now, this dish actually comes to the table fajita-style on a sizzling skillet, but then they dump it all out on the injera bread for you. The meat itself isn’t spicy, but when you get a bite of the raw jalapeno, that’ll poke a hole in yer taste buds, bro! And while I ate the bony bits with my bare mitts, I did go all Ethiopian style with the injera on the rest — just grip it and rip it, Bro Daly!!!

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Grabbing life by the tibs @ Ethiopian House

Now, there’s a few funky Ethiopian joints all over this city, but there’s only one that gets to be called Ethiopian House. This place is actually a house, just off of Yonge Street, that’s been turned into a restaurant, so there’s that. But hey, when you put it right in your name that you’re the home of Ethiopian food, then you know it’s gotta be pretty legit…and when it comes to this classic, pan-fried beef dish, I definitely can’t complain:

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Who needs beef ribs when you’ve got beef tibs, bro? OK, so maybe I still need beef ribs, but this dish is pretty tasty. You’ve got lotsa saucy beef bites, sauteed with onions, garlic, green peppers, tomatoes and jalapenos, served up on a great big piece of injera, a magical bread spoon in Flavourtown. Oh, and it also comes with a side salad…which you still eat with your hands for some reason???

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Mmm, finger salad…

All-you-can-grab Ethiopian eats, bro!

So, we’re hanging out at Abyssinia Restaurant, this funky, family Ethiopian joint on the Danforth. Now, I’ve never been to Ethiopia, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night–and I’d take this righteous grub over a free continental breakfast any day of the week!

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OK, so here’s the deal. You take a spin of this flavour wheel of funkaliciousness in Flavourtown, and where it stops, nobody knows, bro! This is a whole cornucopia of deliciousness right here. You’ve got lamb, you’ve got beef, you’ve got lentils, greens and split peas, all prepared in a variety of ways with a whole buncha different flavours and spices. And you know what the best part is? They don’t give you a fork, or a knife, not even a spoon. Instead, you scoop it all up with some spongy injera bread. It’s like Spongebob Breadpants in Flavourtown, heading straight down my piehole!

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Sure, things might get a little messy sometimes…but if it ain’t messy, it ain’t tasty, bro!!!!