Lucy Ethiopian has opened on Amherst Street, giving Buffalo its first official Ethiopian Restaurant. I was bummed that I could not make it to the restaurant’s opening night mainly because the advent marked a big occasion for many of us who have been anticipating landing such an unusual cuisine. All the same, I was finally able to stop in to place a to-go order and was happy when I was welcomed by friendly owners, a bright and cheery atmosphere, and more seating than I imagined. Owners Naima and Abba (photo – see back story), were working in the kitchen… and at the counter… and at the tables. A true small business. They told me that business has been brisk considering it was still opening week, and as I talked to them a number of people stopped in to place and pick up orders. It was good to see that there were plenty of people who appeared to be fairly keen on the idea of Ethiopian fare in Black Rock.
Dan I'm not sure if that was a serious comment or not, but for anyone interested in trying it Ethiopian bread is supposed to be spongy. It's traditionally made with a fermentation process so it's airy & bubbly, and also has a slightly sour taste. It's a bit different but our whole party liked it after getting used to the texture. It's also used as a utensil--you just tear off a piece of bread & use it to pick up the food.
@queeneyes... I am surprised that you might not have tried the SAMOSA -an indian snack...from what it looks like, Sambusa and samosa are the same family...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samosa
.... in other news, very excited about lucys.. will be trying out this one this friday for lunch.. Had ethopian before in DC... still relish the taste...
Welcome to Black Rock, we are happy to add another new business, the good neighbors here will certainly support Lucy's, Good Luck.
A welcome arrival on Buffalo's dining scene. Going to have to check it out the next time I'm back home.
Definite lack of booths. 3.5 stars.
But seriously, I'm totally going to check this place out soon. Variety is the spice of life, or something like that
Life is good! We tried to go to the Ethiopian restaurant in Hamilton, mentioned in a prior BR article, ( "We Want Wass" http://www.buffalorising.com/2011/07/wheres-wassie.html ) but it was inexplicably closed. . .after we had emailed to confirm the hours. (Server didn't show up that day.) Bummer, since it was at least a 1/2 hour detour. So, no more trips to Hamilton necessary!
Although these restaurateurs are from Toronto, I think their down-to-earth attitude and generosity are more suited for the City of Good Neighbors.
When my girlfriend and I stopped in to pick up an order for the first time this past weekend, their credit card machine wasn't up and running yet. I offered to run to an ATM real quick to grab cash. Naima insisted that it was okay, she'd make a note, and to just pay next time we stopped in. I reluctantly agreed, almost in shock that in this day and age a restaurant owner would make such a gesture.
In the end, I was able to slip away real quick and grab the money while the food was cooking. That one act of kindness--offering to defer my payment to provide me with a warm meal--has made me a lifelong customer. I hope they never close their doors in Buffalo. Also, the fact that the shiro stew, fosolia, and injera were amazing doesn't hurt matters.