4708 Baltimore Ave, 215/726-6464,
HOURS: Daily 4–10:30 p.m.
COST: Most entrées less than $10
Dahlak is a local gem a bit beyond the environs of the universities offering delicious and authentic Ethiopian/Eritrean fare, which there isn’t a lot of in Philly.
For those who don’t know, East African food usually comes in the form of flavorful stews, eaten by hand with moist, spongy injera bread rather than utensils. The stews are often delicately spiced, though some can be pretty hot, so be clear on the level of spice you’re looking for.
For the veggies among us, Dahlak offers a good selection of meat-free dishes. Oh, and there’s also a bar around back that’s popular with the local hipsters.
Another location in Germantown (5547 Germantown Ave., 215/849-0788, noon–4 p.m. and 5–11 p.m.) is also quite good if you’re in the neighborhood.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition