100 Favorite Dishes, No. 50: Kitfo From Sheba's Ethiopian Kitchen
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.
Kitfo, a raw, minced beef dish, surrounded by items from Sheba's vegetable sampler.
Unless you've been fasting for a day or so, you're going to want to bring a friend along for this one. You can finish an order alone, but kitfo on its own can be a little one dimensional, and it's way more fun to eat when it's surrounded by a mélange of lentils and vegetables. Be sure to request the veggie sampler when you order at Sheba's as well.
There's a good chance your waitress will ask you if you'd like your kitfo medium when you place your order, and you'll need to handle the question with care. Newcomers aren't asked about spice level but doneness, because apparently a few newcomers in the past have been horrified by a pile of glistening raw meat. Assure your waitress you are in the know. A kitfo served at any other doneness than raw isn't a kitfo at all.
The mixture of finely minced raw beef, butter and spices is good on its own, but it's even better if you do your best to assemble bite like this: grab a pincher of injeera and use it to isolate a portion of kitfo, making sure not to get over-zealous. Next press the bundle into the soft, crumbled cheese that shares the plate. It will take some dexterity, but try and grab a morsel from the simply dressed salad that's nearby to finish. It's dressed in an acidic vinaigrette that lends some balance to every bite.
You could spend an hour eating like this, if only because the other vegetables on the plate constantly keep things interesting. Wash it all down with a cold pitcher of beer while you're at it. You won't leave hungry.
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No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill
No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna
No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas
No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing
No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah
No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake
No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet
No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co.
No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me
No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen
No. 87: The White Album at Spoon
No. 86: Ramen at Tei An
No. 85: Tacos at Revolver Taco
No. 84: Stuffed Chicken Wings at Sakhuu
No. 83: Korean Fried Chicken at Bonchon
No. 82: Grilled Branzino at Tei Tei Robata
No. 81: The Toddfather at Cattleack Barbecue
No. 80: The Biryanis at Chennai
No. 79: Shish Tawook at Qariah
No. 78: Arepes at Zaguan
No. 77: Goat Momo at Everest Restaurant
No. 76: Steak Tartar at Gemma
No. 75: Escabeche at Joyce and Gigi's
No. 74: Spicy Fish in Oil at Royal Sichuan
No. 73: Pupusas at La Pasadita
No. 72: The Kathi Roll at Simply Dosa
No. 71: The Chicken Wings at Teppo
No. 70: Cheesesteak at Truck Yard
No. 69: Chicken and Waffles at Jonathon's
No. 68: Birria Tacos at Los Torres Taqueria
No. 67: Bulgogi Cheesesteak at Say Kimchi
No. 66: Suadero Tacos at La Banqueta
No. 65: Brian Luscher's Post Oak Red Hot
No. 64: Banana Flower Salad at Mot Hai Ba
No. 63: Cinco Leches Cake At Mesero Miguel
No. 62: Cabrito a la Parilla at El Ranchito
No. 61: Reuben at Kuby's
No. 60: Plain Cheese Pizza Cooked Extra Crispy at Zoli's
No. 59: Enmoladas at Mesa
No. 58: Pig's Head at CBD Provisions
No. 57: Rib "Sandwich" at Baby Back Shak
No. 56: Beef Noodle Soup at Monkey King
No. 55: The Nachos at Spiral Diner
No. 54: Elotes, Everywhere
No. 53: The Popeye At Green Grocer
No. 52: The Cuban at International Bakery
No. 51: Rush Patisserie's Croissant