Restaurants

Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant & Market  
1036 1/2 S Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
90019

The atmosphere of this place is very nice. Cozy, warm and pleasant. Decorations of Ethiopian culutural aartifacts are so interesting. Most importantly the food is excellent. Fresh, healthy and organic. Many options for vegetarians and vegans including gluten free injera. Also the array of coffee (buna) options are a nice touch after a hearty meal. The owner is friendly and remembers my favorite dish. Great experience every time I go there!

 

Artifact-filled Ethiopian cafe serving eat-with-your-hands combo plates, beer & veggie choices.

 

Hours:

Tuesday
11AM–2AM

Wednesday
11AM–2AM

Thursday
11AM–2AM

Friday
11AM–2AM

Saturday
11AM–2AM

Sunday
11AM–2AM

Monday
11AM–2AM

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Stone’s Jamaican TakeOut
6700 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
90043

At 67th and Crenshaw, you might pass this small corner store and never know it is a market and carry-out restaurant. One of the signs in the tiny parking lot says Stone’s Automotive. There is a CD and DVD section outside. But inside there are assorted Jamaican groceries, and there’s another small building behind the store where you can order the basics, like jerk chicken, oxtails and beef patties. The food is straightforward and the portions are large, but maybe the most fun part of a visit to Stone’s is checking out the market items, like Jamaican Tastee cheese and sweet potato pies. For Jamaican ex-pats looking for tastes of home, Stone’s is worth a visit. 6700 Crenshaw Blvd., Hyde Park; (323) 751-5526.

Review By: LAweekly

Hours:
Tuesday 9AM–8PM
Wednesday 9AM–8PM
Thursday 9AM–8PM
Friday 9AM–8PM
Saturday 9AM–8PM
Sunday 9AM–8PM
Monday 9AM–8PM

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Hilltop’s Jamaican Market & Restaurant A1
1061 E Holt Ave, Pomona, CA
91767

Their business card says Hilltop’s, the signs say Hilltop. I’ll go with Hilltop. Anyway, I’ve passed by this place for years and, while forever meaning to investigate it, always came up with excuses not to stop. Hilltop is in a narrow storefront in an aging building and the curb is painted green. The neighborhood is slightly dubious. But finally I stopped for lunch last Wednesday.

Hilltop turned out to be much more restaurant than market. There are a half-dozen tables and on the walls are amateur drawings and paintings. No customers were present at 1:30. The market consisted of a corner with shelves stocked with shakers of jerk seasoning, packets of curry powder and cans of breadfruit slices.

At the counter, I asked the employee for a recommendation. “First time?” he asked. He suggested oxtail stew. The small plate is $10 and came with rice, plantains, cabbage and fry bread. I got a ginger beer from the refrigerated case. He didn’t charge me for the drink. “I gave you a discount,” he said.

I have no basis for comparison but certainly enjoyed my meal, eating every bite except for some rice. In fact it was so filling I didn’t even need dinner.

Hilltop also sells fried chicken, curry goat, curry chicken and fish patties, which the paper menu reports are sold in restaurants in L.A. and at the Bob Marley Festival in Long Beach. My guess is that takeout, catering and perhaps wholesale are a bigger part of their business than the dining room.

But for the adventurous, I recommend the place, mon.

 

Review By: Journalist David Allen
Restaurant of the Week: Hilltop Jamaican
Posted on March 22, 2008

Hours:

Tuesday
11AM–8PM

Wednesday
11AM–8PM

Thursday
11AM–8PM

Friday
11AM–8PM

Saturday
11AM–8PM

Sunday
11AM–6PM

Monday
11AM–8PM

909.629.6407