|The vegetarian special at Soretti's|
Fresh bread makes wonderful comfort food. To me, no one makes a better sandwich than Bon Fresco's London broil. But don't go cheap and miss out on the amazing potato salad -- smooth without being heavy, getting all the flavor from the basic potato without tarting up with cream and fat.
Fifty cents is a bargain. It's better than any bag of chips -- and cheap at that price.
|Bon Fresco's London broil and potato salad|
In contrast, Soretti Ethiopian Cuisine's vegetable special provides a homey, simple challenge. You just eat everything. Eat the vegetables. Eat the lentils. Even eat the plate -- the injera bread spread out beneath the stews.
It's not literally the plate. There is a plate under the injera. I realize that Ethiopian vegetable platters may not be the most-standard comfort food. But I last ended up in the Burtonsville restaurant on night where I had to feed myself and a cold. I brought a paperback novel, and I sat quietly with dinner and a cup of sweet Ethiopian tea. One of the lentils runs spicy, but mostly, the salads and stews just taste like vegetables. Bright colors, earthy flavors, and healthy fuel for a healing body.
Soretti is a friendly, relaxed place. The women there treated me nicely, and I hung out to read and finish my tea. They offered some extra lentils, which sounded smart until I realized that I was incredibly full. They're delicious, but I realized eventually that I was scooping food to be polite -- not because I needed any more to eat.