Location: 1041 S. Fairfax Los Angeles, CA 90019
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The Messob Ethiopian Restaurant is named for the “traditional Ethiopian breadbasket that is interchangeably used as a communal dining table as well as an injera storing utensil” (Mesob Restaurant),

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“… the mesob, a woven round wicker basket … can sit as high as three or four feet tall. It has a lid, and when you remove it, there’s a place in the center for a tray of food. Each diner sits on a small stool, about eight inches high, called a barchuma, and everyone then eats from the common tray of food (ethiopianfood).”


Kloman, Harry. “Setting the Ethiopian Table.” Ethiopian Food Mesob Across America, A Companion Site to the Book. Accessed 9/12/2020.