Las Vegas has a large selection of Ethiopian restaurants, and we’ve slowly been making our way through them. However, Lucy’s Ethiopian keeps distracting us from our goal of eating all the injera around town.
This large restaurant on W. Flamingo features a traditional-style dining area, and plenty of savory vegan options. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable about vegan food (and if they aren’t sure, they ask), plus the price is fantastic for what you get. When we go, we share the veggie platter and can never finish it.
The platter comes packed with seven different dishes — including chickpeas with onion, garlic and tomatoes (shiro), cooked beets with carrots, onion, potatoes and garlic in spices (key sire), simmered green lentils (azifa) and our favorite — red lentils in a berbere spice with onion, garlic, ginger and more goodness.
Lucy’s also offers the traditional Ethiopian coffee ritual where they roast the beans right there and serve you fresh (fresh fresh!) coffee and popcorn.
4850 W. Flamingo Dr., Las Vegas, 89103 | 702.473.5999
Open daily: 7 a.m. – 4 a.m.
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Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby and has emerged as the face of plant-based dining in Las Vegas and the leading plant-based restaurant consultant in the city. She spent a decade in the travel blogging world before switching gears to work in elephant rescue in Thailand. Diana travels the world to meet chefs and try vegan food, as well as speak at events focusing on travel, tourism, veganism and entrepreneurship. She’s a partner with the prestigious James Beard Foundation and curates their Vegas Vegan Dinners at the James Beard House. Diana is also a partner with Life is Beautiful, curating the all-vegan Farm Stand.