Woinee Mariam opened Taste of Ethiopia in Pflugerville in 2008, and now she’s bringing her food and vibrant personality to South Congress. (Marcial Guajardo PFLUGERVILLE PFLAG)

One of my favorite restaurants from the suburbs has made the move to Austin proper. Taste of Ethiopia is now open in the mixed-use development at 3801 S. Congress Ave. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, serving classic Ethiopian dishes like kitfo (marinated raw beef dusted with chili powder), doro wot (a slow-simmer chicken with boiled egg, the national dish of Ethiopia), and a vegetarian platter that includes collard greens, lentils and a stew of string beans, carrots, tomatoes and onions, all served on the spongy injera bread which you use like little pinched tortillas to scoop the food.

Woinee Mariam and her husband, Solomon Hailu, moved to Cedar Park about a decade ago and opened the First Taste of Ethiopia in Pflugerville in 2008.