But Ethiopia’s tantalizing flavors are never ordinary in America, and this is a charming place to explore them. ■
Bayu’s Authentic Ethiopian Cuisine
★★ 1/2 (Good to Very Good)
530 University Avenue, Hillcrest, 619-269-6142; no dedicated website
HOURS: Daily 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., 5:00–10:00 p.m.
PRICES: Weekday lunch buffet $10; dinner appetizers about $6; entrées average $12. Several combination plates available (e.g., “vegetarian delight,” $17.25 for one, could serve two with appetizers or additional entrée.)
CUISINE & BEVERAGES: Typical Ethiopian menu. Several unusual Ethiopian wines, reds, whites, and tej (honey wine) by the glass, plus Ethiopian beers and spiced tea.
PICK HITS: Best deals are combo plates, both meat and veg. Also azifa (spicy lentil salad); meat sambosa; kitfo (specify raw to get it fairly rare); ye-beg tibs (lamb). Awash Crystal white wine; honey wine.
NEED TO KNOW: Reservations and credit cards accepted. Warm hospitality. Request hot sauce if not provided. Vegan heaven.