Awash Ethiopian Restaurant
Miami Gardens, FL 33169
- Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Monday.
- Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible, Delivery, Family Style, Free Wifi, Kid Friendly, Takeout
- Lunch, Dinner
- 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. Try the doro wot, a rich chicken dish that shares a deep flavor similar to Mexico's mole. The Awash River, for which this restaurant and many other Ethiopian eateries across the nation are named, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley surrounding it was where researchers in 1974 found 52 fossilized bone fragments of the famed early hominid 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 piece of the stretchy, slightly sour bread injera at a time. Insider tip: You might be tempted to visit only at night, but be sure to pop in during the daylight hours for a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, which is repeated up to three times a day in the Horn of Africa. Green beans are pan-roasted, hand-ground, and then slowly brewed over hot coals. The point is to slow you to a stop in order to connect with the coffee and those with whom you're sharing it. You'll be back for another in no time.
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