Are you in the mood for something ... well, different? If you've never tried Ethiopian cuisine, you're missing out! Take your family and drive them over to Nyala off of Fairfax. Ethiopian specialty is their dish called "Kitfo", which can be ordered raw and is the preferred choice. If you're worried about eating raw meat, don't worry! It's completely safe and eating Kitfo any other way would completely ruin the taste. The meats and the vegetables can be eaten by wrapping them in a pancake-like bread called "Injera" (pronounced in-jeer-ah). The bread tastes slightly sour, like a sour-dough bread, but it goes great with everything served on the dish.
My favorite dish is the "Doro Tibs", which is white meat chicken sauteed in some orange sauce. All dishes arrive on a plate on top of a giant injera. The injera that comes on the plate can be eaten but it will be much better eating the fresh warm injera that comes with the meal. It doesn't cost anything so if you run out of the bread, feel free to ask for it as many times as needed!
I rate this 4/5 stars. The reason why I did not rate this restaurant 5-stars is because the quality of the injera has been terrible the past several times I've been there. The bread has either been cold, stale, or too sour. The portions have become smaller, the vegetables that come with the meat hasn't been the greatest, and the Kitfo (raw meat) has tasted different every single time I've been there. The meat is either too spicy, too watery (when it shouldn't water at all), or something else. Still, Nyala is a great restaurant and I continue to go there to fulfill my Ethiopian cravings.
Parking is rarely a problem. About a block away, behind the restaurant, there is a neighborhood where people can park on the street and walk to the restaurant. I hope you can parallel park!