Parents around the world have endorsed Ethiopian fare as the preferred family meal because there is no silverware that can be used as weapons in a fierce sibling rivalry and there's only be one dish to clean up. Eat off someone else's plate with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of Ethiopian fare at Altu's Ethiopian Cuisine in East Lansing.
Altu's Ethiopian Cuisine decorates plates with traditional fare from the Horn of Africa and Ethiopian-inspired cuisine. Diners can enjoy their meals how Ethiopian families do, scooping savory stew from a platter with bits of spongy injera bread, or like American families do, spooning stew with one hand and text messaging the kids with the other. A staple in Ethiopian kitchens and restaurants, the spicy chicken stew blends the traditional berbere spice with a hint of tomato ($9.99). Clans of carnivores hungrily devour the meat feast, which teams chicken and lamb with spicy beef ($30 for two people, $39 for three). Daily specials, such as Wednesday's collard greens cooked in peanut sauce and coconut milk ($8.99), explore recipes from other African countries and legume-loving moon colonies. Vegetarians can savor lentils in a variety of formats—from spicy ($7.99) to mild and garlicky ($8.25)—Tuesday through Saturday. Though Altu's is closed Sundays and Mondays, it tops off the week each Saturday night with a live musical treat.