Mar 3, 2021 - News

Trying some Ethiopian eats in Des Moines, Iowa

Picture of the outside of Gursha Ethiopian Grill, it's a brown brick building with glass windows and a big green sign that spells out the name.

Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Gursha Ethiopian Grill in Des Moines, Iowa had its grand opening on Jan. 18 and has garnered over 2,100 Facebook followers so far.

The menu is simple: There are five vegetarian options and five beef or chicken options. The service is super fast.

I had noticed that it looked busy, and decided to go try it last weekend. I was enticed by a few factors:

  • Owner Salah Salah and his family have a great track record, operating the Hilal Groceries specialty store for about two decades.
  • Much of the cooking is within view of the counter.
picture of a plate from Gursha Ethiopian Grill in Des Moines
Jason's plate. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

You can try two entrees for $9.95. My choices were:

  • Gomen: Fresh collard greens sautéed in onion, ginger and garlic.
  • Missir wot: Split lentil sauce cooked with berbere, onions, ginger and garlic.

The verdict: A rich combination of spices and herbs created delightful aromatics. The greens were flavorful and the lentils were hearty.

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