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Saturday, February 25, 2012

#1651 #S974 - Ras Dashen, Seattle - 12/23/2011

Ras Dashen is one of 5 Ethiopian restaurants within 1 block of Cherry and Martin Luther King Blvd.  From the web site, "There are several Ethiopian choices at the intersection of East Cherry Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, but Ras-Dashen distinguishes itself with friendly service and an atmosphere spruced up courtesy of colorful woven baskets and massive jugs."

It is a large restaurant with a small bar, in a long building that feels like a manufactured home and used to be a church.  The restaurant has been open for about 5 years, and has a slightly formal but also comfortable neighborhood feel.  The food is quite good, and I much enjoyed the Meat Combo (Beef Tips, Gored Gored, Kitfo, Quanta Fir Fir, and Qey Wot).  The bar, well, not so much.  The woman working the bar while I was there convincingly debunked the theory that you can't really mess up a Gin & Tonic.  But they do appear to feature a very strong pour for a low price, and on weekends they turn into a nightclub (perhaps with slightly more experienced bartenders).



2801 East Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 709-7626
Est. 2006 - Building constructed: 1960
Previous bars in this location: None known
rasdashenseattle.com - seattleweekly - centraldistrictnews - seattletimes - yelp - urbanspoon

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