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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