A new restaurant in North DeKalb is bringing home-cooked Ethiopian and Eritrean food to customers in a modern, upscale atmosphere.
Feedel Bistro, located at 3125 Briarcliff Road, has had a continuous buzz and string of positive reviews on websites like Yelp since opening about three months ago. Tamar Telahun, co-owner of Feedel Bistro with her brother, attributes the curiosity about the new restaurant to the menu, which offers a diverse variety of foods for anyone with or without dietary restrictions, and the inclusive and inviting remodeled interior space.
“For me, our menu is home cooking. Many of the recipes come straight from my mother and sister,” said Telahun. “It’s a combination of clean, super and healthy foods made with love.”
Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine is commonly vegan friendly and much of Feedel Bistro’s menu reflects that with each item under the vegetable entrée section of the menu cooked and prepared with no animal products. The vegetarian sampler includes favorites like red and brown lentils, collard greens, cabbage, split peas, and azifah seasoned with onions, garlic, olive oil, lemon and jalapenos.
For meat lovers, Telahun recommends the most popular dish served at Feedel Bistro – Gomen Be’Siga, a special recipe perfected by her mother. It includes cubed lamb mixed with collard greens and seasoned in a mild sauce with seasoned butter, herbs and spices. The aromatic and savory dish is served with spongy Injera, a sourdough-risen flat bread, to soak up the flavors.
Although Telahun said Buckhead was considered for the location of the restaurant, the unassuming shopping complex felt like a better fit for the concept of the business.
“We have experience in the restaurant business in this location and we’ve invested a lot of time in this area. I think people are surprised when they walk in to see how we’ve taken what once a kind of run-down space and created a very contemporary and interesting space to enjoy,” she said.
In the future, Telahun hopes the positive attention Feedel Bistro is receiving on social media will en-courage others to come and try homestyle Ethiopian cuisine. “I love the amount of curious customers we’ve had that have dropped in and loved what they’ve tried and shared their experiences with others. It’s overwhelming,” she said.
For more information and to view a full menu, visit www.feedelbistro.com.