Hands are nature's silverware—evidenced by early man's serrated pointer finger and forked thumb. Get back to your ancestral roots in sophisticated, handfed fashion with today's deal: for $10, you get $20 worth of Ethiopian cuisine at Addis Abeba in Evanston.
Addis Abeba serves up authentic Ethiopian eats in the classic manner. For the uninitiated, Ethiopian cuisine is traditionally eaten utensil-free perched atop homemade injera, a large sourdough flatbread that acts as a tender, edible glove for your right hand to pick up and feed savory heaps of eats to your anticipatory taste buds. This spongy, pancake-like bread is delicious on its own and provides the perfect sidekick to complement the famous spicy main kick of Ethiopian dishes. This villa of victuals serves up numerous meal varietals, with a bevy of vegetarian options including yemiser wot ($10.50), whole red lentils cooked in spicy wot with garlic, cardamom, and cloves. Alternatively, delve into the aquatic end of the meat spectrum with asa ($15.50), fish cut in cubes, sautéed in Ethiopian herb butter, and seasoned with garlic, black pepper, and lemon pepper. Or migrate to land with doro tibs ($14.75), cubes of chicken breast stir-fried in Ethiopian herb butter with onions and jalapeno. Plentiful combo platters let you combine veggie options ($14) or veggie and meat options ($14.50), to name just a few of the combinations that you can combine with the combo platters.
The colorful, vibrant interior at Addis Abeba reflects the spices and social warmth that are both integral parts of Ethiopian dining traditions. Red tile floors and walls highlighted by saffron hues and traditional artwork set the stage for communal dining with friends, family, unfriends, or nonfamily. In business for more than 16 years, originally in Wrigleyville and now in Evanston, Addis Abeba lets patrons partake in a new culinary experience or comforting favorite.
- After conversing with the friendly and informative staff (including the executive chef/owner who learned all traditional cooking from his mother), I vowed to forever boycott my American fast-food mentality. After all, a quick trip to Ethiopia—and its culinary celebration—is right down the road. – Carly Schwartz, Centerstage
- For those who say you can't find authentic, exotic cuisine in suburbia, Addis Abeba will prove you wrong. – darkism, Urbanspoon
- So much food, so much flavor--a memorable dining experience. – bncrain, Urbanspoon
Warm yellow walls and tiles decorated with colorful figures aren't the only festive elements you'll encounter at Addis Adeba: the restaurant is also filled with the spice-laden aromas of traditional Ethiopian cuisine. Platters and hand-woven baskets known as mesobs are filled with all of the components needed for a communal meal—except for the silverware and the place cards, that is. Diners scoop up each bite in the traditional Ethopian fashion, with pieces of spongy injera bread. If they wish, they're also encouraged to feed one another in a traditional gesture of compassion and affection. Whichever way they choose to eat, chefs bombard their senses with vegetarian and meat-based dishes—from tekil gomen, a combination of cabbage and carrots, to doro wat, morsels of chicken dressed in red-pepper sauce.