Lucy Ethiopian to vend at Taste of Diversity

We at the Taste of Diversity Festival are proud to welcome Lucy Ethiopian to the Taste of Diversity family. Abba Biya and Naima Tesfu, the owners of the restaurant, opened Lucy Ethiopian in Black Rock in March of 2012 after researching for two years and finding no Ethiopian restaurant in the area. “We want people to experience traditional Ethiopian food,” Abba explained.


The restaurant offers a variety of authentic Ethiopian foods, from the traditional coffee or spicy tea to the dishes of chicken, lamb, beef, and vegetarian. Lucy Ethiopian’s dishes range from spicy to mild, a variety built to engage every palette. Abba’s favorite Lucy dish is awaize tibs: tender lamb marinated and cooked with tomato, jalapeno and garlic, covered with a specially prepared red pepper sauce. Naima’s favorite dish is the kitfo: fresh ground extra lean beef seasoned with special butter, carmon, and mita mita, served rare or lightly cooked, with Ethiopian-style feta cheese. All the food is prepared fresh by Abba and Naima the evening before.

Lucy Ethiopian is quickly garnering a reputation for ethnic excellence, thanks in no small part to word of mouth. The mouthwatering dishes and friendly service have people coming back multiple times a week, and bringing their friends!

Abba and Naima will be preparing food as vendors at the Taste of Diversity this year. They plan on having chicken tips, lamb tips, beef tips, lamb with rice, chicken stew (spicy and mild), kitfo, and even their traditional coffee. And they’ll be serving their food while wearing traditional Ethiopian garb!

If you can’t wait until the festival, feel free to stop by Lucy Ethiopian and try some of their fantastic dishes! The restaurant sits at the corner of Amherst and Grant, at 388 Amherst Street in Buffalo, NY. Their hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 10pm; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am to 11pm; and Sunday from 11am to 10pm.

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