Desta's Ethiopian Cuisine


Desta’s Ethiopian Cuisine is an experience like no other. Not only is Desta’s food beautiful and packed with flavor, but her hospitality is unmatched. Desta and her husband Mekuria chat with us about their family, culture, and how to enjoy Ethiopian food if you’re new to the cuisine.

People In This Episode

Mekuria Tegegnework & Desta Zelelew, Owners

Mekuria Tegegnework & Desta Zelelew, Owners


Food & Drink In This Episode

When someone brews the coffee, they invite the neighbors to join. It’s very important to Ethiopian culture, and in some areas it’s pretty much like a religion.
— Mekuria Tegegnework

About the Region

Desta Zelelew was born in Welo, Ethiopia, raised in Addis, and is bringing traditional Ethiopian eats to Kansas City.



Location & Details

Desta’s Ethiopian Cuisine
13475 Switzer Road, Overland Park, KS 66213

Website / Instagram / Facebook / Yelp

Episode Credits

Photography: Alyssa Broadus & Chris Dolt

Host: Danielle Lehman

Post-Production: Resonate Recordings

Recording Studio: Barrel of the Bottoms