Recently, a friend took me to a restaurant on Fair Oaks Boulevard called Habesha. This is a great little place, tucked away in a strip mall in back of Pavilion Car Wash. Though not readily seen from the street, it’s worth looking for. Habesha has an interesting menu concept: Part of it is Mediterranean (mostly Greek) and the rest is Ethiopian. I am a fan of Ethiopian food, and it is not something you’ll find on every street corner in Sacramento, so I tried the vegetarian combo, a mixture mustard greens, red lentils, salad and more, served with injera, the somewhat sour, spongy Ethiopian bread that is used in place of utensils to scoop up the food. It was phenom!
My friend tried the falafel platter, which included rice, hummus and pita bread. Though neither she nor I are food critics, we both agreed that it was the best falafel we’ve had in town. Perfectly crisp, not too greasy, right mix of spices.
If you aren’t in the mood for either Greek or Ethiopian cuisine, the menu also boasts burgers, a Philly cheese steak sandwich, even French fries and onion rings, so there really is something for most palates here. The restaurant sells beer and wine, but next time I go, I am going to try one of the milkshakes. Yes, there are milkshakes here, too.
Habesha is located at 2326 Fair Oaks Blvd. The phone number is (916) 925-8591.