ETHIOPIAN DIAMOND, Chicago, IL
This spacious Edgewater spot offers an extensive menu of fragrant meat and vegetarian stews, all served on a platter of injera, a spongy pancake-like bread. Eating is a communal activity, with diners tearing off pieces of injera and dipping them in the stews. Entrees range from gomen watt, collard greens simmered in a garlic and ginger sauce, to kitfo, a seasoned steak tartare that's very popular in Ethiopia. Appetizers include sambusas, dough shells stuffed with vegetables or meat that are similar to Indian samosas. A series of five paintings on the walls traces the history of Ethiopia over the last 3,000 years. Each painting presents a scene from a different part of the country, ending with an urban scene in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's present-day capital.