Years ago, when Olivia and I started dating, she said to me while we were deciding on a restaurant to eat at, “You pick a restaurant that you think I would like.”
Being Asian-American, she may have expected me to choose an Asian inspired restaurant which provided her favorite genre of food, Thai or Sushi. Instead, I said to her, “There’s a great Ethiopian restaurant down the street that I know you’ll love.”
Olivia’s response was less than thrilling, when she initially thought I was kidding, since she’s never had any type of African food in her life. However, I guaranteed her that she would love the mixture of ingredients, fresh herbs, and unique spices. Olivia agreed to give it a try and fell in love with exotic mixture of ingredients, ambiance, and warm inviting personalities.
“OMG, it was love at first bite,” Olivia said. “The herbs, fresh ingredients, and spices, exploded in my mouth and I was sold.”
Since her first experience with true Ethiopian, we sought out and ate at all the Ethiopian restaurants we could find, in all the cities, states, and nations we have visit. Of all the restaurants we found, Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant & Lounge, was by far the best of the best, for their amazing ambiance, food selection, taste, presentation, and service. If you are lucky enough, while visiting Lucy’s, you may encounter the warm smiling face of Susani, the owner of Lucy’s. She will instantly make you feel like family, checking on you, chatting with you, and just showing you the warm hospitality, my wife and I have come to expect and love.
Okay, I know that you may be wondering why I’ve given this restaurant such glowing reviews, on a keto website? Well, it’s because they are very keto friendly and if you pace your daily carb allowance correctly, or fast two meals, you could indulge in some of the best dishes all of Houston has to offer, while feeling like you’ve been transported into the heart of Ethiopia.
Here’s our keto friendly recommendation to try while you visit Lucy:
- Eat only 2-3 injera rolls. (Injera, ənǧära is a sourdough-risen flatbread with a slightly spongy texture, originating from the Horn of Africa. Traditionally made out of teff flour, it is the national dish of Ethiopia and Eritrea.). This is where the majority of your carbs will come from.
- Yedoro Tibs (Chicken Tibs). Strips of chicken sauteed in onion, jalapeno pepper and seasoned butter.
- Alitcha Watt. Chopped beef and ribs, simmered in a mild and flavorful onion, garlic, ginger and herb sauce.
- Gomen Watt. Chopped collard greens simmered in our unique, hot and spicy barbeque sauce.
- Okra Wot. Fresh okra sauteed with garlic, ginger, and barbera.
- Foselya Watt. Green beans, carrot seasoned with garlic and ginger.
- Girgiro Tibs (beef or lamb). Larger portion of beef or lamb tibs sauteed with onions, jalapeno with a touch of fresh garlic, tomato and special sauce.