|Veggie platter at Tigi's Ethiopian|
Tigi's is a new restaurant just off Rte 40 in Ellicott City. It's a storefront with a small open kitchen serving the stews and other dishes from Ethiopia. Disks of the spongy injera bread, topped with stews that range from mild to spicy, smooth to crunchy, and meaty to vegetarian.
This is a homestyle place. Pretty tables, colorful art, and a friendly host who cooked and served our entire meal. We aren't experts in Ethiopian cuisine, but we loved our dinner. We ordered a vegetarian platter, then got feted with a tasty lentil sambusa and cups of coffee.
For new folks, I'd recommend a sampler platter. The menu in the restaurant has several veg and non-veg platters, but we just asked for a double-serving of whatever vegetables Tigi suggested. You'll get some lentils, some vegetables, some meats if you want. We sampled a finely-chopped beef (michet abish) and spicy chicken (doro wat). Tell them what looks good, whether you like spicy or not, whether you want chicken, beef or lamb.
This is still a new restaurant. It was quiet last night. Completely casual and a place you could definitely bring kids. We really want people to find Tigi's and check it out. Try the sambusa appetizer -- like a small samosa, crisp and stuffed with spicy lentils. Try the coffee. This is a friendly spot and unique for Howard County. Go.
For more opinions on Tigi's check out comments on prior posts and Tom's post on HoCo Rising.
Tigi's Ethiopian Restaurant & Market
8459 Baltimore National Pike #14 (Rte 40)
Ellicott City, MD 21043
NEAR: Tigi's is on the south side of Rte 40 east of Rte 29. It's just across from the Normandy Shopping Center. Tigi's is in a row of shops with the C & B Italian Dely. They face Rte 40, but they're behind the Dunkin' Donuts.