Weekend Lunch: Goha Ethiopian Restaurant

I know, I know... didn't we just have Ethiopian two weeks ago?

This is another of my favorite places (and very close to my house & heart). I have known the owners, Debere & Dawit, for years (since 2007 or maybe before when they managed Horn of Africa) - long before I ever dreamed up the idea for "What the Pho?". They moved here from Gondar, Ethiopia in 2002. I bumped into Dawit at the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival and after a big hug, he invited us to visit - as many as you like he said.

Ethiopian food and Debere & Dawit were probably the catalysts that made me start this group. No one would go with me to eat it - friends, coworkers... there I sat at Horn of Africa holding a book. Do you have any idea how hard it is to eat Ethiopian food while trying to read a book?

Ethiopian food is probably my "first love". Yes, I grew up on Korean and Vietnamese food, but that was normal food for me since the age of 6. I first tried Ethiopian food at the age of 17 in Washington DC (20+++ years ago) and fell in LOVE with something different than anything I had ever known. I hope you love it just as much.

Ethiopian food is VEGETARIAN friendly.

Menu: is not on their website YET but can be found in the "More/Files" section above.

Rules for eating Ethiopian food:

1. Wash your hands.

2. Injera is the staple bread and is used as your utensil. It is a flat, spongy, slightly sour bread (think giant crepe, made from teff flour). Use small pieces to scoop up your food and enjoy.

3. You can ask for a fork but not nearly as much fun.

4. You can order individual dishes or multiple people can join together and share combo platters (my suggestion), that's the concept of Ethiopian food "sharing" - thus, wash your hands. Share your food and enjoy!

5. Wash your hands again (see a pattern here). They will smell like spices for days.

They do accept debit and credit cards and will split our bills.

Goha is located at 2525 Murfreesboro Pike in a little yellow house next to Suntrust Bank (between Edge O'Lake & Dover Glen, just north of the Bell Road intersection). As always, if you get lost, call my cell #[masked]-6684.



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  • Jodi M.

    The company was excellent.

    2 · October 27, 2013

  • Rose L.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE their salad. Jie even got an extra to go.

    October 27, 2013

  • Rose L.

    Food was good, service was a little slow but only Americans tend to rush when it comes to food. Sadly no lamb for the lamb lovers. The conversation and company was exceptional as always.

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • karen

    Would love to go, but now have to work

    October 27, 2013

  • Rosie Y.

    Sorry something came up. Cant make it tomorrow.

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • Rose L.

    Reservations have been made. I think they're going to set up a private room for us. As always, please please please don't wait until the last 24, 18 or 4 hours to update your RSVP. Or worse yet, please don't be a no show all together. We still have 7 people waiting for spots to open. Your courtesy is much appreciated. I look forward to seeing everyone.

    October 24, 2013

  • Andrea

    I like Ehtiopian food but the one on Thompson Lane would be a lot closer to me if yall ever go to that one:) Or is this one better than that one?

    October 24, 2013

    • Rose L.

      Yes, Andrea. We will go there soon. I like that place too but bumped into the owners of this place a couple weeks ago and asked if we could come in.

      October 24, 2013

  • George

    Going to have to be quicker on the sign up!! Enjoyed the first Meetup (Taco Crawl) looking forward to meeting up with this group again!

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Diane G.

    Sorry, I had to cancel this one.

    1 · October 16, 2013

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