New Ethiopian Restaurant Opens Downtown

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A new Ethiopian restaurant named Café Desta has opened at 758 S. Stone Ave, and we've already heard that the food here is as good—if not better—than that at Tucson's other, highly regarded Ethiopian restaurant, Zemams Ethiopian Cuisine.

Brooke and Telahoun Molla, who own Café Lalibela in Tempe, opened the restaurant about a week ago, and they say the response has been incredible. Beth Molla, Brooke's sister, said many customers are already coming back for seconds, due in no small part to the samples employees have been handing out to familiarize people with the unique cuisine.

Beth Molla says Ethiopian food can be judged by the quality of the injera, or the sourdough-ish bread the food is served on. She says Café Desta's injera is the best she or the owners have ever tried. The chef from the other restaurant in Tempe—which has been in operation for 19 years—said the same.

On the menu: Spicy lamb, beef and other dishes. There’s also an expansive vegetarian selection, and a bring-your-own beer and wine policy.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily

Prices: $6.25 to $13.75.

Call 622-2615 for more information.

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