275 Sunset Park Dr
Herndon, VA 20170
Phone number (703) 435-2166
A new gluten free ally has come to our little corner of Reston/Herndon. As always, I must make it known to all. Once in a while I get a major hankering for Ethiopian food. The issue has been that they were always so far away. I would either have to traipse to DC, Chantilly, or some other vista too far off in the distance.
I am happy to report that this issue is resolved. Enatye has moved in to the Sunset Park shopping center. This unassuming little number sports a great menu, and friendly knowledgeable staff.
So when I crave Ethiopian, I crave vegetarian. Like Indian food, it really does not need meat. I ordered the vegetarian sampler, which includes: Spicy split lentil (misir wot), split lentils (alecha misir), yellow peas (kik wot), collard greens (gomen), and cabbage (tikil gomen). The highlights of this meal were the split lentils, cabbage, and yellow peas. The spicy lentils were a little too sweet for my liking, but every restaurant is different, with different specialties. They were good, just not my favorite.
I left the best part for last. A good Ethiopian meal can never be consumed without the delightful bread like substance known as injera. It is a cross between a crepe and a soft tortilla. It is your utensils for the entirety of the meal. I simply will not eat this cuisine if I cannot have injera.
This has been the issue for a long time. Traditional injera is made with teff flour, which is naturally gluten free. Americans are not as fond of this flour, so most restaurants blend it with wheat flour to make it more palatable for the masses. Only one place carries both, now there are two!
Now, not only can I feed my need for this delicious grub, I can have it right around the corner from my home! Woot woot!