If I didn’t know it was there, I would never think it was there.
From the street, there’s just a huge sign reading “AWASH MARKET AND LIQUOR,” which implies a market rather than a restaurant. Even a step inside doesn’t suggest otherwise. But take the trouble to navigate past the cash register and sacks of predominantly Ethiopian grocery items to the little hall in back labeled “RESTAURANT” (both in Amharic and English). Hidden? Perhaps. But the food at Awash Ethiopian Restaurant & Café (2884 El Cajon Blvd.) is worth finding.