The Student News Site of University of North Florida

UNF Spinnaker

Local Eatery of the Week: Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen

Courtney Stringfellow

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






The woven baskets and colorful cups by the entrance are for the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony — a lengthy coffee brewing ritual involving roasting, grinding and slowly brewing coffee grounds. Photo by Courtney Stringfellow

The woven baskets and colorful cups by the entrance are for the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony — a lengthy coffee brewing ritual involving roasting, grinding and slowly brewing coffee grounds. Photo by Courtney Stringfellow

The scent of cooked spices floats through the flooded parking lot outside of Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen on Baymeadows Road. Hay colored woven baskets sit below a grass covered table on a short stage ready for the next aromatic Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony.

There is no hostess station waiting for customers inside. Instead, bright Ethiopian music and conversational cooks wait for you to grab their attention.

The dining room features untraditional booths. Lightly cushioned benches are not attached to the seat backs as they are in many restaurants, making them as comfortable as a dining room chair. Because the benches are not very wide, feel free to scoot them up to a comfortable position.

Being the uncultured student I am, I had no idea how to eat Ethiopian food. I had to ask what the proper way to eat is for the first time in my adult life. Because the service was slow in the early evening, one of the two waitresses was able to give me a quick tutorial: unroll the spongy flatbread, tear off a sliver, place it over the desired food and pinch the food inside the injera (spongy flatbread) until you have as much as you want.

The vegetarian platter features a variety of vegetarian menu items such as red lentils, boiled potatoes and collard greens. Photo by Courtney Stringfellow

The vegetarian platter features a variety of vegetarian menu items such as red lentils, boiled potatoes and collard greens. Photo by Courtney Stringfellow

The Ibex vegetarian platter looks like an appetizer because it features a little bit of every vegetarian item, but it is just as filling as regular entrees because of its starchy foods. I found myself filling the injera with mostly yellow split peas and creamy lentils to keep my stomach from reacting to this new food.

Ospreys won’t find an updated menu online, but most items range from $8 to $15. I paid $13 for the vegetarian platter, which is big enough for two hungry diners.

Picky eaters and Ospreys with sensitive stomachs may want to stick to their favorite foods until their stomachs are in the mood for something new. But for those with a craving for something other than burgers and pizza, give Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen a shot — the eating process is a new experience in itself.

 

For more information or news tips, or if you see an error in this story or have any compliments or concerns, contact [email protected].

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Local Eatery of the Week: Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen

    Entertainment

    Spinnaker’s Ice Cream Sandwich

  • Local Eatery of the Week: Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen

    Entertainment

    Don’t be bored: keeping intersession exciting

  • Local Eatery of the Week: Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen

    Entertainment

    10 highly anticipated movies for fall semester

  • Local Eatery of the Week: Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen

    Entertainment

    ‘Detroit’ painfully recollects the past and examines the present

  • Local Eatery of the Week: Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen

    Entertainment

    Atomic Blonde: Another Predictable Spy Movie

  • Local Eatery of the Week: Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen

    Entertainment

    Nolan leaves his mark with Dunkirk

  • Local Eatery of the Week: Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen

    Entertainment

    Valerian: An underwhelming dissapointment

  • Local Eatery of the Week: Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen

    Entertainment

    Mood and Drink Pairings

  • Local Eatery of the Week: Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen

    Entertainment

    War for the Planet of the Apes: an underwhelming finale

  • Local Eatery of the Week: Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen

    Entertainment

    ‘Wish Upon’ is hilarious…and that’s the problem

The Student News Site of University of North Florida
Local Eatery of the Week: Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen