What to eat in and around Seattle today: Amy’s Merkato

Jun 8 2020, 8:41 pm

More than just a restaurant, Amy’s Merkato opened in 1992 and became Seattle’s premier Ethiopian market.

Before returning to Ethiopia in 2000, Amy sold her shop to Judy and Filli, two Eritrean and Ethiopians who’ve transformed Merkato into a go-to spot for Ethiopian and Eritrean food.

Merkato in Hillman City is customer-focused and serves up vegan, vegetarian, and meat-filled dishes.

If you’re feeling like eating a lighter breakfast meal, Amy’s Merkato has 10 options for you. Pick between vegetarian favorite foul or chechebse, a pita prepared with a buttery and spicy berbere sauce that’s deliciously balanced with a yogurt or sour cream side.


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Amy’s also serves up wots, tibs, and combos, which are perfect for sharing. Many come topped on flatbread injera.


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You can also enjoy plenty of sandwiches prepared with your choice of french bread or a pita pocket as well as salads and fish dishes.


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Finally, finish off your meal with a drink or dessert. Amy’s Merkato has 10 desserts, including lemon cake, orange cake, banana nut bread, baklava, and more.

Amy’s Merkato is currently open for pickup and takeout, as well as delivery through DoorDash and Uber Eats.

Amy’s Merkato

Location: 5710 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle
Phone: 206-324-2527
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