Nestled beneath the bustle of Tremont Street in Boston’s historic South End, lies Addis Red Sea, the city’s best “answer to authentic Ethiopian food.” The colorful setting, friendly service and eclectic experience makes it one of Boston Babies’ favorite foodie finds.
It is indisputable that Joe’s American Bar and Grill has the market on one of the most family friendly restaurants, with its large space (read: stroller accessible), loud noise (read: your kid can melt down and no one will notice/hear/JUDGE) and children’s menu (read: simple and safe). However, if you are willing to take a risk and test out your taste buds on a more unconventional restaurant, you will be surprised with how many other establishments gladly accommodate families, while providing a healthier, more interesting and ethnically diverse alternative to the “classic” family friendly fare.
While at first glance, the initial few steps, small entrance and exotic food may not scream family friendly, Addis is truly a hidden jem in the city and a wonderful restaurant to expose your little one to. The menu is diverse, catering to fish, meat and/or veggie lovers alike. The selections are adventuresome enough for those real foodies while still offering familiar favorites, so even the more cautious eaters can still feel comfortable.
Children of all ages are bound to love Addis for its colorful decor and finger food dining. Guests sit in stool-like chairs surrounding the “mesa” or table, which also serves as the communal plate. Each selection of food is served on a flat, pancake or crepe like bread that covers the plate. Patrons are then given a side of the same bread to use in scooping up their scrumptious meal.
The authentic art, entrees and experience allow children to appreciate another culture’s food and customs. Addis enables you to enjoy a unique experience which hopefully inspires a new tradition of diversifiing the dining for the whole family.
See below for a list of Boston Babies’ favorite tastes to try:
BOSTON BABIES’ BEST BET:
Choose 1 Appetizer, 1-2 Meat Dishes and the Vegetable Combination (see below suggestions).
Pastry shell filled with a mixture of either lentils, ground beef or vegetables.
This is comparable to Indian samosas.
- Lentils and green peppers spiced with cumin, garlic, onion, with a touch of nutmeg.
- Spiced ground beef flavored with cumin, garlic, onions, with a touch of nutmeg.
- Vegetarian – carrots, potatoes, green beans, and cabbage.
Chicken Entree: Doro Wot
Tender chicken marinated in lemon sautéed in seasoned butter and stewed in a red pepper sauce, flavored with onions, garlic and ginger root with a pinch of cardamoms and nutmeg. (Spicy)
Traditional Lamb Entree: Yegeb Alcha
Lamb simmered in a mild sauce of butter, onion, ginger and tumeric.
Vegetable Combination : Your choice of four vegetarian dishes and house salad
- Butecha: Chickpea paste blended with oil, lemon juice, green pepper and black pepper.
- Atakilt: Mixed vegetables, green beans, potatoes, carrots and onions sautéed in a blend of exotic herbs.
- Yesmsir Alcha: Lentils mixed with tumeric, onions, green peppers, garlic and ginger root.
- Tikle Gomen: Cabbage cooked with vegetable oil, garlic, ginger and green peppers.