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Berbere Taste the Rainbow and Lettuce Wrap
Photograph: Time Out/Patricia Kelly Yeo

Time Out says

After a tenure at pre-pandemic Smorgasburg L.A., chef Tezeta “Tete” Alemayehu flipped her vegan Ethiopian food concept, T&T Lifestyle, into the brick-and-mortar Berbere, a mostly daytime Santa Monica eatery serving delicious, plant-based food. Also run by Alemayehu’s partner, Tsega-Ab “Bicko” Fenta, Berbere bills itself as an “unusual vegan restaurant,” which it is—in the best way possible. Here, Alemayehu offers an expanded menu of flatbreads, burritos and tacos, in addition to her signature Eat the Rainbow, a quartet of colorful vegetable and legume stews served with spongy housemade injera. Tip: Order the strong, citrus- and spice-infused Ethiopian coffee and tea.

Patricia Kelly Yeo
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510 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica
Opening hours:
Mon–Thu 11 am–3pm, 6pm–9pm; Fri 11am–3pm; Sun 11am–4pm
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