Five black-owned restaurants to try in San Diego

Muzita Abyssinian Bistro

In my experience, there are two types of people: those who love Ethiopian food, and those who have never tried it. To the latter I say: don’t waste any more of your life missing out. We can’t dine in the University Heights mainstay right now, which is a shame, because the spicy, stewed meats and vegetables that highlight the North African cuisine set the table for some of the world’s greatest family-style feasting. The individual dishes are served together on a large sheet of injera, a spongy, sourdough flatbread (think savory pancake). Rather than utensils, you tear off a piece of injera, and use it to pinch off a piece of tender braised beef, chicken, lamb, or seafood, then pop it in your mouth like a miniature taco. Muzita is an excellent vegetarian or vegan choice, featuring chick peas, mushrooms, fava beans, stewed tomatoes, and braised leafy greens.

Ian Anderson