Just glancing at Meskerem's menu makes our mouths water each and every time, with all of our favorite culinary buzzwords: "stewed," "spiced," "braised,"... and, of course, "whole-fried fish."When it comes to culinary wanderlust, we Atlantans have it pretty good. There's simply no excuse for a boring turkey sandwich routine when one can just jump in the car, go for a drive and explore the cuisine—and utensil-less eating style—of an entirely different culture. And when it's the spicy, flavorful grub of Ethiopia we crave, we're bee-lining it straight to Meskerem.
For those who've made the pilgrimage to Meskerem before, take note: they've taken quite a few steps to give the joint a facelift, including a separate lounge area (perfect for basking in an injera bread-induced food coma with a hookah and a cocktail by your side), a renovated dining room and a new chef, Yosef, in the kitchen. After growing up in Ethiopia and going to culinary school in the U.S., he's eager to explore the bridges between the traditional Ethiopian cuisine of his childhood and the more modern American cuisine of his studies. And we're eager to see what he comes up with. (And by "see," we mean "devour." With our hands, no less.) Just glancing at Meskerem's menu makes our mouths water each and every time, with all of our favorite culinary buzzwords: "stewed," "spiced," "braised,"... and, of course, "whole-fried fish." Yes, we're carnivores, but veg-heads should know that there are options aplenty for them as well, with dishes that include bright yellow split peas, hearty, spicy stewed lentils, tender braised collard greens, and more — all spiced and flavored to the max. In fact, whether it's a shank of lamb or a bowl of collards, you can expect whatever you order to be an explosion of flavor on your taste buds (this is a good thing).
Beef Tibs Blue Plate Special, $11.50
Fish Tibs Blue Plate Special, $14.99
Chicken Tibs, $14.99
Lamb Tibs, $14.99
Seasonal Whole Fried Fish, $10.50
Veggie Combo, $10.50
Daily, 11 a.m. to midnight