November 22, 2006
Philadelphia is full of great brunch spots. On the weekends many of them have lines down the street and waits that push an hour. The one exception to the rule is Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant in West Philadelphia. The lack of a bustling brunch crowd must be because most people tend to think of Abyssinia as a night spot. On the weekends they have live Ethiopian music and two great little bars that stay open to 1 a.m.
Granted, they have only one actual brunch option, but it’s so great that you really don’t need any other choices. It’s pronounced FULL, but unfortunately misspelled as FOUL on the menu, and it’s the most amazing concoction of hot fava beans and spices that I’ve ever had. It comes with butter and cheese, but easily be made vegan, and is served with your choice of French bread or injera (Ethiopian bread) for about $5.00 total.
It can never sound as good on paper as it actually tastes, but all of my friends from West Philadelphia who have moved out of town make it their first stop as soon as they come back. Don’t go for a quick meal though. Nothing happens quickly at Abyssinia.
Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
229 S. 45th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104