Five Favorite First Tastes of 2011
Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony at Ethiopian Famous Restaurant & Coffee
When a new spot opens in town, I can't wait to check it out and to let you know my initial impressions. As the name implies, First Taste is not a full-blown review, but a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, sharing a few photos, and satisfying a few curiosities (yours and mine). Here are five of my favorites for 2011.
2. Fu-Fu Cuisine
Maybe it was the graciousness of owner and chef Esther Mbaikambey, the delicious fried dumplings called pof-pofs, or the fact that I told my dining companion tripe was a vegetable before he ate it in his pepper soup (and then revealed its true meaning afterward), that this new west side eatery with a fun-to-say name was such a pleasure. Featuring West African and Caribbean cuisine, entrees like the deep-fried whole tilapia served with a refreshing salsa and exotic yassa chicken made me anxious to return for more -- and I plan to.
What say you, first taste fanatics? What was your favorite new bite of 2011?
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