Eating while riding horseback was pioneered by the efficient Mongols, who also adjusted to reading, receiving haircuts, and filling out their taxes atop their four-legged mobiles. Enjoy the convenience of chairs and tables with today’s Groupon to Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant at its locations in Edgewater and Rogers Park. This highly lauded eatery serves classic Ethiopian dishes in the traditional idiom, utilizing communal plates, utensil-free fare, and bond-building mealsperiences. Each order is served with authentically made injera, an Ethiopian bread used for scooping up ambrosially seasoned watt stews and passing edible notes from person to person like an especially delicious hot potato. Scope out the menu for a full list of flavorful vegetarian options, meat dishes, and combination platters.
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Zagat gives the food at Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant in Edgewater an excellent rating. The restaurant was also featured in the Chicago Reader, and Ethiopian Diamond II was featured in Time Out Chicago. More than 330 Yelpers give the Edgewater location a four-star average, and Metromixers award it a 4.7-star average. Yelpers give Ethiopian Diamond II in Rogers Park an average of 3.5 stars:
- …This affordable Edgewater Ethiopian “diamond in the rough” is a “vegetarian’s delight” while also “pleasing meat eaters”; it’s a “great place for an introduction” to using “sour pancakelike” injera bread instead of utensils as “they will guide you” through the “experience” – Zagat on the Edgewater location
- At this large, shabby-comfortable Edgewater storefront there are savory wats (stews) with beef, chicken, lamb, and fish, but vegetarians never need feel deprived. Vegan options include a spicy red lentil wat, yellow split pea wat; gomen (oniony collard greens), slightly sour tikil gomen (cabbage and carrots), and a mild wat made with potatoes and large chunks of carrot, all served on injera... – Kate Schmidt on the Edgewater location, Chicago Reader
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.
Groupon has partnered with the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce to offer this special collection from Edgewater merchants. The North Side neighborhood is home to one-of-a-kind shops such as Edgewater Workbench, where customers create custom gifts with 3D printing and laser cutting, and pioneering restaurants such as Uncommon Ground, home of the country’s first certified organic rooftop garden. Shop the full collection.