An unassuming and authentic Ethiopian restaurant
Ras Dashen is the tallest mountain in Ethiopia, and the chef of the eponymous restaurant, which according to its site offers “Ethiopian comfort food,” grew up near this mountain. As in most Ethiopian restaurants, the little kid in you will be thrilled to eat with your fingers. The staff carts out communal, round platters of food, all of which is scooped on to one round of injera, the sour spongy bread. Injera is both your plate and vehicle for getting the meats, soups and lentils to your mouth. Just tear off a piece of the bread and wrap up what you want to eat. The injera tempers some of the spicier dishes and is irresistible once it has soaked up juices from the stew on top.
Ras Dashen might not be the fanciest restaurant around, but you will likely be so absorbed in sharing your meal with everyone at your table you won’t even notice. Plus, there’s a bonus of live music on Friday evenings atds 8:30 p.m.
–Karina for TKGO City Guides5844 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago. (773) 506-9601. Official site > Google Maps >