A Sandwich a Day: Kitfo Sandwich at Jebena Cafe in Seattle, WA

A Sandwich a Day

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The best sandwich is the kind that's actually two sandwiches. Order the kitfo sandwich at Jebena Café, a cozy, mint-green-hued Ethiopian café in North Seattle, and that's just what you'll get: two demi-baguettes, stuffed till the sides bow out with an entire McDonald's worth of ground beef. They are available in half-orders as well, presumably reducing your meal to just one forearm-sized loaf of French bread, bursting with spiced meat, which, depending on your preference, can either be raw or cooked. (Jebena Café generally serves with the meat cooked, but will do in the traditional raw style as requested.)

Kitfo, often described as 'Ethiopian steak tartare,' is a raw meat dish, lightly warmed by mixing in spiced butter. It's usually served with buttermilk cheese as a cooling companion, the crisp bread and minced onions add to the cheese in this sandwich, as foil to the piquant spice and soft meat. The crusty white bread, jam-packed with kitfo, is a departure from most Ethiopian meals, normally served on injera, a soft, teff-based bread. The textural contrast and the crossing of cultures combine for a sandwich that's refreshingly unique—and uniquely delicious.

Jebena Cafe

1510 Northeast 117th Street, Seattle WA 98125 (map) 206-365-0757