BEST AFRICAN RESTAURANT - 2002
House Of Lalibela
Sweet and friendly servers, a lush yellow room that glows like a candle flame, an attention-getting wine list, and sometimes a singer crooning pretty pop standards in the corner--this is an African restaurant? It sure is, and thank heavens for House of Lalibela, the first local African restaurant that pays as much attention to the pleasure of the dining experience as it does to the food: flattering lighting, sturdy chairs, servers wandering through offering sniffs from a roasting pot of coffee beans for the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. That's entertainment! Even with all the add-ons, prices are low--from $10 for a vegetarian sampler plate (less if several diners order the same sampler) to $17 for the most elaborate meat plate.