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Best Ethiopian Critic’s Pick: Muzita Abyssinian Bistro Readers’ Pick: Muzita Abyssinian Bistro It’s an interesting time for restaurateurs. By interesting, I mean scary as hell. The minimum wage hike is the biggest obstacle they’ve faced in decades. We’re going to see fewer paid server jobs, more service charges, more closed shops. That’s the grim, depressing news. But there’s good news in this, too, and that is: most restaurateurs aren’t getting out. They got into this for passion, not millions. Five out of five economists would say you’ve got a brain injury for wanting to get into restaurants. And yet peopleContinue Reading
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Muzita made the little black book of San Diego’s best foods! Timtimo “It’s just a side dish at this Eritrean/Ethiopian bistro, but it’s phenomenal. Spicy red split lentils are hit with berbere, an Ethiopian spice blend that usually has chilies, paprika, ginger, onion, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, nutmeg—you name it.” CLICK HERE to link to the articleContinue Reading
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Abel Woldemichael is tired of having his restaurant confined to “ethnic cuisine.” Late on a Friday night, Muzita, an Ethiopian bistro in San Diego, has finally quieted down. The young proprietor, a CPA by day with chin-length dreadlocks, tells us about his passion for mainstreaming Ethiopian food. “When someone says, ‘Let’s go out,’ I want them to say, ‘Shall we have Italian, French, or Ethiopian?’” Woldemichael opened Muzita in the University Heights neighborhood of San Diego in 2008. The restaurant has garnered awards from Urban Spoon, Citysearch, the San Diego Tribune, and OpenTable.com, including “most romantic,” “best vegetarian,” and “top ten overall.”Continue Reading
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Article Intro: My mother always told me not to play with my food. Of course, my mother is neither Ethiopian nor Eritrean, and there were no local restaurants featuring those cuisines during my childhood. If there had been, she probably would have played with the food herself. And so it was that we ended up, my mother and me, at Muzita Abyssinian Bistro  (4651 Park Blvd. in University Heights), an upscale Eritrean / Ethiopian restaurant in University Heights, to celebrate her birthday and play with our food. The cuisines of Abyssinia (Eritrea and Ethiopia)—two countries locked in embrace and sharing common historyContinue Reading
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A trip to University Heights’ upscale Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurant of note offers sharp contrasts with other restaurants featured in this tour. Muzita Abyssinian Bistro (4651 Park Boulevard, 619-546-7900) in University Heights isn’t an Ethiopian restaurant per se. It’s more Eritrean. Eritrea borders Ethiopia and the two countries share much in the way of culture and cuisine. For hundreds of years, the Abyssinian Empire comprised territory from both modern countries, hence the bistro’s name. Because of the culinary similarities, I was able to order kitfo at Muzita. Served as a $12 appetizer instead of an entree, the minced top round had been seared and served warm.Continue Reading
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