Dilla Ethiopian Restaurant (Minneapolis, MN: West Bank)

dilla minneapolis

David and I went to Dilla on a weekday night. Dilla opened in the summer of 2012, so it’s still a fairly new restaurant.  We arrived rather late for dinner, around 8:30pm and not many tables were seated at that time. The restaurant was clean and comfortable with booths lining the walls. We were immediately shown a table and our friendly waitress (who also might have been the chef) recommended some dishes for us. Ethiopian food is great for sharing- get a variety of dishes and share them by breaking off pieces of injera (the crepe-like bread on the plate) and scooping up the meat or veggies with the injera using your hands (no forks!). From Dilla’s website: “Dining in Ethiopia is characterized by the ritual breaking of injera and eating from the same plate, signifying the bonds of loyalty and friendship. These bonds are often demonstrated in the form of gurrsha – that is the placing of food in the mouth of another diner from one’s own hand.”

dilla ethiopian restaurant

We ordered one of the Yebeg Tibs (Lamb) which was plated in the middle, surrounded by our other dish, the #39 Veggie Combo.  The Veggie Combo is a variety of dishes: #30 Yemisir Watt (Spicy red lentils simmered with onions in a spicy homemade sauce), #31 Kik Alicha (Split peas cooked in a mild sauce of onion, garlic and ginger), #33 Gomen (Chopped collard greens simmered in a mild sauce of onions and fresh garlic), #34 Quosta (Chopped spinach simmered in a mild sauce of onions and fresh garlic), #35 Tikel Gomen (Sliced cabbage and carrots cooked in a mild sauce), #36 Yatkilt Watt (String beans, carrots and potatoes cooked in a mild sauce of onions, garlic, ginger and Ethiopian spices), #37 Dinich Alicha (Potato cubes and carrots cooked in a mild sauce of onions, garlic, ginger and Ethiopian spices). Ours came with some beets as well. I especially enjoyed the Tikel Gomen (Sliced cabbage and carrots cooked in a mild sauce) and the Kik Alicha (Split peas cooked in a mild sauce of onion, garlic and ginger). We tried to clean our plate (below) but that injera really fills you up!  We enjoyed our meal at Dilla and will be back for lunch or dinner.  On Thursdays and Sundays they offer a lunch buffet and they have cheap student deals daily.  Want to read more?  Go here.

dilla ethiopian

Best Bets: Lamb dishes, Veggie Combo

Cuisine: Ethiopian
Bar: Wine and Beer
Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten-Free: Yes / Yes / Yes
Entree Range: $6-13
Waiter Service: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Credit Cards: Yes
Parking: Street
Good for Groups: Yes

Dilla Ethiopian Restaurant
1813 Riverside Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Neighborhood: West Bank
(612) 332-2898
Mon-Fri 11am-2am
Sat-Sun 10am-10pm
Thur & Sun Lunch Buffet 11:30am-3pm

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