5700 Columbia Pike
Falls Church, VA 22941


Neighborhood: Falls Church

Cuisines: Ethiopian

Opening Hours:
Open daily 10 AM to 1 AM.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Intimate

Reservations: Not Needed


Best Dishes:
Wats; lamb ribs; yebeg tibs.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: Meaza

Meaza Zemedu claims that her sprawling, multi-level space is the largest Ethiopian restaurant in the country. Maybe so. We can say without a doubt it’s among the very best Ethiopian restaurants in the area. And perhaps the most distinct.

Meaza breaks from the competition with a darker, tangier version of injera, the crepe-like bread used for scooping up the slow-cooked stews, or wats. And the menu is more meat-centric, with only a couple of vegetarian options. Zero in on the crusty-tipped lamb ribs ($6.99)—eat them with your fingers—a satisfying stew of lamb and tripe, and yebeg tibs ($12.99), a portion of leg of lamb reduced to bite-size cubes and sautéed with a pinch of fresh ginger.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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