Tucson, Arizona

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Ethiopian Restaurant

Many vegetarian options, most of which are vegan. They don't serve alcohol, but you can bring your own if you want.

Added by Gerry Morgan on Jun 28 04 (last updated Dec 4 12)

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Original review, Feb 3 07: First of all, Zemam's is deserving of a much higher rating than the 7.6 it has now. If you look at the five ratings it was given, it's all nines and tens -- except for someone who registered under the name "Anonymous" and rated Zemam's a one. I wish people who gave low ratings would write reviews to explain what's so wrong.

I went here tonight for the second time. There is a good variety of vegetarian/vegan dishes to choose from, and everything is excellent. Some things are extremely spicy, though, such as the chickpeas and spinach/potato dish. You should probably ask your server which dishes to avoid if your palate can't quite handle the heat.

My favorites are the cabbage, lentils, and split peas. All mildly spiced, flavorful dishes.

My only complaint is that the "sampler" is priced with the assumption that you'll be ordering higher-priced meat items. You're not getting as much value if you order all vegetarian dishes. I sort of wish they had a separate price for vegetarian samplers.

Updated review: This is currently my favorite restaurant in Tucson. For two people, I like to get a vegetarian sampler (which is now a menu option that is lower in price than a meat sampler) and a full, heaping serving of the split peas. I don't know how they make those split peas so good, but I could eat them every day. It's also possible that I've trained my palate in recent years, but these days the spicier items haven't been bugging me. I love the cabbage/carrot/potato and red lentils, too.

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This place doesn't look like much from the outside (or the inside, for that matter), but the food makes up for that. It seemed like all but one of the vegetable dishes was vegan (the other contains cheese), and our waitress had a very clear idea of what vegan meant. In the end, we just asked her to bring enough vegan food for three people, and we were more than happy with the selection that turned up. Their injera bread is good (and ours was certainly fresh), but isn't quite as sour as ones I've had elsewhere. That may mean it's not quite as authentic, but it certainly tasted nice.

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North side of Broadway, between Country Club Road and Tucson Boulevard.


No Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


  • MasterCard Visa


  • Ethiopian/Eritrean


  • Quiet


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11am - 2:30pm;
4:30pm - 9:30pm

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