In the north Capitol Hill space formerly occupied by Cassis, and later by Skelly and the Bean, this family-run place is named after a river in Ethiopia. Chef Blen Teklu makes lighter-than-usual versions of Ethiopian classics that are so tasty, she and her husband, Tesfaye Haile Selassie, keep their special recipes and methods secret. Abay is as fancy as an Ethiopian restaurant gets in this town—the dining room has a simple elegance about it, and the servers are effortlessly professional when explaining the items on the menu—but it's still affordable. It's the kind of restaurant to take friends from out of town to: They'll be impressed by the place and the food, and you will not be winded by the bill.
Abay Ethiopian Cuisine
2359 10th Ave E,
Hours: Mon-Fri 4-11 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am-2 am
Bar/Happy Hour, Cheap Eats, Dinner, Family Friendly, Lunch
Cocktail Lounge, Neighborhood Joint