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Taste of Ethiopia

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The cultural experience of Taste of Ethiopia in Southfield MI is one of a kind. For years it’s been one of my favorite restaurants in the Metro-Detroit area. It is a family run business that has now expanded into food manufacturing and distribution. Meskerem “Meskie” Gebreyohannes started the business in 2005 upon moving to the Detroit area.

Meskie was born in Ethiopia. Her whole life she’s embraced, enjoyed, and celebrated the culture. “As a child I learned to prepare meals and dishes for many people. In Ethiopia everyone who lived in the same community who were close in age are considered brothers and sisters. So when meals were prepared they were always made for many brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties, and grandparents. The idea of making a meal for less than ten people is American.” This same humble attitude that Meskie learned to make cuisine with is the same spirit that inspires the Taste of Ethiopia restaurant.

Meskie, Tatse of Ethiopia platter, and students
Meskie, Tatse of Ethiopia platter, and students

Taste of Ethiopia was birthed in Toronto ON. Conceptually Meskie wanted her family to share a business that offered guests a glimpse into their culture and cuisine. Today that legacy continues in food manufacturing. Hiyaw Gebreyohannes (Meskie’s son) has lead the way in making, distributing, and marketing Taste of Ethiopia foods to grocery shelves. Since 2012 distribution in Whole Foods and New York City grocers has welcomed their products. Click here to read the review featured in the New York Times newspaper.

Hiyaw & manufacturing staff, Taste of Ethiopia products
Hiyaw & manufacturing staff, Taste of Ethiopia products

Taste of Ethiopia has a number of dishes available for all guests. Specialty meals for vegetarians and vegans are provided as well. My favorite dishes are the curry chicken, plantain, cabbage & carrots, red lentils, and the injera (Ethiopian bread). Taste of Ethiopia also offers more of the Ethiopian and Eritrean experience with music, films, clothing, and artistry. Reasonably priced and comfortably located I believe the restaurant is perfect for families to share Meskie’s vision.

Taste of Ethiopia is located at 29702 Southfield Rd, Southfield MI 48076 (in the shopping plaza on Southfield Rd between 12 & 13 Mile Rd). The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday, 11am – 9pm. I urge of you to visit, and tell Meskie you know Khary!

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