Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler.
Worth the wait” is a phrase of supreme culinary importance. A lot of flavors can only be developed with time: long marinades; gentle, low-temperature trips through a smoker; or endless simmering are but a few examples. Add to the list ordering the Regular Tibs ($13) at the newly opened Meseret Ethiopian Restaurant in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis.
We spent north of 30 minutes waiting for our food to arrive but when it did it made an immediate impression. The restaurant’s tibs (pieces of beef typically prepared with a hybrid stir fry / stew method) arrived at our table sizzling in a fire-heated warming apparatus that was little more than a metal bowl on a stand with a blue flame suspended in its belly. The meat looked dead simple, but it was deceptively rich in flavor—tart, herbal, and savory, with a tender texture that complemented the accompanying spongy injera.
Each bite was compelling, with a depth of flavor that made each successive bite feel like a compelling treat. These are tibs worth traveling for.
THE DISH: Regular Tibs, $13
THE PLACE: Meseret Ethiopian Restaurant, 3867 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis
THE REASON: Tender, bright, and full of savory flavor, these little nuggets of meaty goodness are a great lunch and a fine value