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Bete-Lukas: Restaurant Guide 2014

2504 SE 50th Ave., 477-8778, bete-lukas.com

[UPSCALE ETHIOPIAN] Owner Peter Tesfu seemingly remembers everyone who walks through the door more than once at Bete-Lukas, many by name. But his warm and welcoming personality is only one of the many reasons to track down this gem. Far from the concentration of Ethiopian businesses near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Killingsworth Street and off Division Street's newly built condo hell, Bete-Lukas is located discreetly on the second floor of a nondescript apartment building. It serves the same meat-and-vegetable stews that are staples in Ethiopian cuisine—with tablecloths and always fresh, crisp ingredients. The salad in the middle of the platter is a palate cleanser, and is here often eaten with a fork. The rest of the dishes are always scooped with injera, a spongy teff-based bread. Your best bet is to get the veggie combo ($11) and a beef combo ($14), served family-style, which will easily satisfy two and give you a little taste of everything. BROOKE GEERY.

Pro tip:

Turn your leftovers into "firfil," a sort of Ethopian scramble, the next day by reheating in a nonstick pan with no oil or butter.

5 pm-close Tuesday-Sunday. $$.