Partaking in the cuisine of another culture is an easier way to expand one's worldview than hijacking the Hubble Space Telescope. Break down culinary borders with this Groupon.
$20 for $40 Worth of Ethiopian Food and Drinks
The menu includes doro watt, a spicy dish with chicken legs, ginger, and hard-boiled egg ($13.50); yebeg tibs, or lamb cubes flavored with garlic, rosemary, green pepper, and onions ($15.75); and numerous vegan dishes, such as kik alicha, a mild blend of split peas, onion, garlic, and ginger ($10.25). In true Ethiopian fashion, all dishes are designed to be shared and scooped up with pieces of sour pancake. Enjoy the all-you-can eat buffet ($13.95) on Sunday with varied dishes that rotate weekly.
Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant
Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant owner and head chef Almaz Yigizaw, whose name means "diamond," re-creates her grandmother's recipes with ingredients she imports herself. Hailing from Gondar, Ethiopia, Yigizaw crafts award-winning cuisine lauded by Zagat, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Though silverware and food-flinging trebuchets are available upon request, visitors typically deliver morsels of food to their mouths with swatches of injera, a spongy flat bread with a mild, slightly sour flavor. Meats such as beef and lamb characterize Ethiopian stews, while lentils and peas take center stage in vegetarian dishes, which are free of honey, animal oils, or self-aware zucchini. On busier days, cooks perform a multistep coffee-making ritual, ultimately pouring out freshly brewed joe alongside burning incense. Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant has locations in Edgewater and Rogers Park.