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Inside Blue Nile Restaurant's quiet storefront dining room, owner and chef Liknesh Tareke plates traditional Ethiopian family recipes. "You wouldn't know by looking at it," notes Time Out Chicago, "but this unassuming strip-mall gem is a restaurant to be reckoned with in Chicago's Ethiopian scene." Pinched between two fingers or eagle talons, classic spongy injera scoops up savory bites of meat such as charred jerk beef, lamb ribs, and stewed chicken. Combination platters brim with berbere—a fiery spice including chili peppers, garlic, and ginger—and cups of ethiopian coffee pack powerful, robust flavor. The restaurant's BYOB policy lets customers sip or shower with their favorite libations from home.