Ethiopian food is generally eaten without utensils, freeing up forks for secret rendezvous with chopsticks. Liberate your silverware with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Ethiopian dinner fare (served 5 p.m.–9 p.m. daily) at Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine in Fort Collins.
Named Best Ethnic Cuisine at the 2011 Taste of Fort Collins, Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine reverberates with a menu forged from organic and local ingredients and ignited by spices imported from Addis Ababa, where the chef was born. A stampede of miniature sous-chefs shred beef tenderloin cloaked with a mixture of Ethiopian herbed butter and chili peppers for kitfo before plating it with cheese and collard greens ($12). Sink into the atkilt wot, a farmer's daydream of sautéed cabbage, potato, and carrots ($11), or the duba wot, a butternut-squash stew soaked in red-pepper sauce ($11.75). Injera, a traditional Ethiopian flatbread, lays a foundation for fir fir, an edifice of diced lamb, onions, and green peppers ($11.95) that opens its doors only to hands that know the secret knock.
African-inspired art and curios dress the walls, and wooden chairs embrace diners around basket-weave-style tables. The dining room is swathed in bold shades of red, yellow, and green, keeping with the colors of the Ethiopian flag or a poorly audited rainbow.
2900 Harvard St.
Fort Collins, Colorado 80525