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 today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of traditional African fare at Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant's two locations.
Having amassed hordes of awards and press, Ethiopian Diamond’s chefs draw on traditional recipes to create eclectic vegetarian, seafood, lamb, and beef dishes. Every entree on the menu is served with injera, a pancake-like bread that diners use to scoop stews from a shared plate without the help of silverware or giant foam hands. Vegetarian dishes shun butter and eggs, allowing the string beans and potatoes in yatkilt watt to peacefully swim in a garlic-and-ginger sauce ($11.75). Kitfo na gomen positions seasoned, minced beef next to collard greens and house-made cheese ($13.50), and the shrimp watt's spicy sauce accompanies onions and green peppers ($15.50). A hard-boiled egg accompanies the doro watt's marinated chicken legs ($13.50), which, like all of the eatery's dishes, eschews artificial colors and flavors, similar to an organic rainbow. African beers and wines from around the globe wash bites down in waves of diverse, international flavor.
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.
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