Awash Ethiopian Restaurant

19934 NW Second Ave.
Miami Gardens, FL 33169
Critics' Pick


  • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible, Beer and wine, Family Style, Free Wifi, Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wifi Access
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Free Parking, Parking Lot Available
At Awash, owners Eka and Fouad Wassel want to take you home, or to an authentic, Ethiopian-style home kitchen called a gojo bait. There, not only will you be whisked away with doro wot, a rich chicken dish that shares a deep flavor similar to Mexico's mole, but on weekends you'll also be privy to a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony in which neighbors gather to roast beans and chat for hours on end. The Awash River, for which this restaurant and many other Ethiopian eateries around the country are named, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a cradle of humanity. The valley surrounding it was where researchers in 1974 found 52 fossilized bone fragments of the famed early hominid known as Lucy. Carbon dating put the partial skeleton's age at more than 3 million years. It's a fact almost every Ethiopian knows. But it's also one that illustrates the history of this part of the world and that much of human culture was born here. Too many people imagine only famine and war when they think of Ethiopia, but the Wassels are changing that misconception one bit of the stretchy, slightly sour bread called injera at a time.

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