First Look: Moya Grill in University City
Editor's Note: Moya Grill has closed.
After nine years operating Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant in the international South Grand neighborhood, co-owners and husband-wife duo Henok Gerbi and Alsede Wondem launched their second eatery, a fast-casual Ethiopian concept. Moya Grill quietly opened at 567A Melville Ave., in University City, just off the Delmar Loop on Dec. 31, 2015.
Gerbi and Wondem curated the menu based on best-selling dishes from Meskerem that were easy to eat and simple to prepare. Unlike its sister restaurant at 3210 S. Grand Blvd., Moya caters to diners looking for a quick meal or carryout. The new restaurant also partners with online delivery services like Food Pedaler. Soft drinks, juice and water comprise the beverage program at the moment, but Gerbi and Wondem said a liquor license is in the works.
The menu is primarily divided between wot, Ethiopian stews featuring meat, lentils or mixed vegetables, and tibs, sauteed or grilled meats, tofu, beans or vegetables. Each dish is served with a choice of rice or traditional injera bread, a spongy, sourdough-like Ethiopian flatbread. Diners can also choose between two sides: a chickpea salad or warm mashed chickpeas.
Moya Grill is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Here’s what to expect when you grab and go (or grab a seat) at Moya:
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-photos by Michelle Volansky
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