Cafe Ibex is an Ethiopian joint in Mt. Baker.
We'll order food to share: a big assortment of vegetarian and meaty stews served on injeera, a sort of spongy flatbread traditionally made with the tiniest grain in the world, teff.
If you have any dietary restrictions, or if you are vegetarian and less flexible about having non-vegetarian dishes on the same plate than I am, please make a note in your RSVP. Because of the nature of the style of food, Individually ordering is impractical (and overwhelming).
We'll handle drinks separately. They have a full bar, and probably some Ethiopian honey-wine.
Please bring plenty of cash. Settling the bill with a dozen credit cards is no fun, especially when it means delaying the bedtime of two tired toddlers. Based on experience with other Ethiopian joints, we expect the food portion of the bill to be $20/person or less, plus whatever you end up drinking.
There should be parking available on site but I'm not sure how large the lot is. The best way to get here is via the light rail; the Mount Baker station is basically just across the street. This station is just a few stops south of downtown. Bus access is also easy with routes 7, 8, 9, 14 and 48.
Nijikai may require a short hop to Columbia City or Beacon Hill, as there aren't many watering holes in this neighborhood.
I plan to pre-kai at the bar at Maekawa from 5:30pm to about 6:45pm, if you want to join me for some shochu and agedashi-doufu. Maekawa is in the international district at 601 S King St., 2nd floor. I'll grab the light rail from the International District Station to Mt. Baker right after that.