Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Coffee Oromia: Beignets and Ethiopian Grits

If you're bored with breakfast, consider going one exit south of Howard County for beignets and Ethiopian grits at Coffee Oromia in Burtonsville.

(Update:  See Robert's smart comment below.  This has become Soretti's Ethiopian -- no breakfast, but good lunches and dinners.  Check the Soretti's posts.)

Coffee Oromia offers the closest Ethiopian food to Columbia. But in the morning, the same shop offers a light breakfast menu. The coffee shop basics are here -- coffee, espresso, eggs, some plain-looking bagels. You can also buy smoothies, which were fruity and could be a meal on their own.

But the reason to drive past Eggspectation or the breakfast sandwiches at Mad City Coffee are the Ethiopian grits and the beignets. These aren't exactly the beignets that Mrs. HowChow had in New Orleans, but they're fine members of the donut family. Crisp pastries with a light sugar taste. Good and certainly unusual. Coffee Oromia serves up a plate of three, which were nice with a coffee and a Sunday newspaper.

Coffee Oromia is right next to the Burtonsville branch of Maiwand Kabob. It is just down the road from Cuba de Ayer. If you're still looking for breakfast, click here for all the posts.

Coffee Oromia
15510 Old Columbia Pike (Rte 198)
Burtonsville, MD 20866

NEAR: This is on Rte 198 just west of Rte 29. From Howard County, you take the first exit on Rte 29 south of the river. That exit puts you on an old piece of Rte 29 that passes an Indian temple and a garden center. Turn right on Rte 198 at the traffic light. Coffee Oromia is a block up on the right next to a Maiwand Kabob outlet. There is a sign.


dzoey said...

FYI - they've just added an Ethiopian buffet during lunch. Quite tasty.

Robert Treat said...

Fairly certain this place has closed. I was in the area so too a look and found the Maiwand Kabob, but no sign of the Coffee shop. Looking on Google Maps, it also says the location is "permanently closed".

HowChow said...

@Robert -- It isn't closed. But it completely changed. The same folks in the same place now run Soretti's Ethiopian. No breakfast, but nice Ethiopian for lunch or dinner.

See these posts: