To wrap up this Black History Month, we’ve rounded 7 of the e best Ethiopian restaurants in Chicago for you to try. Ethiopian food is by far one of the world’s most delicious and distinctive cuisines. With tons of dishes made up of an array of spices and ingredients, Ethiopian food has a flavor profile that’s likely different from anything you’ve had before. With tangy, savory, spicy, and sweet flavors combined, Ethiopian food is definitely something that every Chicago foodie needs to experience.
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1023 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
The word “tesfa” in Ahmaric (the language of Ethiopia) means “hope”, and that is the exact message that the family from Tesfa is trying to spread. By coming to the United States and leaving behind drought, tribal conflict, and war in Ethiopia, the family of Tesfa created a place where people can come together, eat delicious food, and share in the hope for a better tomorrow!
6324 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660
Named after a market town in Ethiopia, Awash is another great place for Ethiopian food in Chicago. With menu items like kifto, a tibs sampler, and assorted sambusas, guests at Awash can experience a variety of dishes encapsulating the unique Ethiopian flavor. For those who love a cold beer with their meal, Awash also has some African beer options that are definitely more exciting than your average light beer.
4801 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
With two locations, Demera is a must-visit for excellent Ethiopian food. Demera is owned by Tigist Reda, who was born and raised in Ethiopia and learned the importance of cuisine in culture from elder women in her family. Now, you can find Demera in both Uptown and in the TimeOut market in the West Loop, making it a convenient place to get some incredible food!
5844 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660
With over 40 dishes and 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Axum Ethiopian in the heart of Magnolia Glen is yet another great option for delicious Ethiopian food. Not only does Axum serve traditional Ethiopian meat-based dishes, but they make it a point to offer some mouthwatering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free choices as well. Health conscious, delicious food? Yes, please!
6120 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660
In Edgewater Glen, you’ll find Ethiopian Diamond, and like the name suggests, this place is a gem. With incredible Ethiopian bites, you can sink your teeth into classics like sambusa, kay wat (slow cooked beef), or yebeg tibs (cubed lamb with rosemary). Open since 1996, Ethiopian Diamond has been serving up delicious cuisine for over 25 years and has become a reliable stop for Ethiopian food!
4543 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
Looking for savory, curried meats and perfectly cooked injera? Selam Kitchen is your place! Here, you can decide from a variety of different Ethiopian staples that will excite your taste buds and lead you to order too much food for just one person. The staff here is especially kind and helpful, so there’s no reason to feel overwhelmed when you’re deciding what to order!
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4851 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
Tucked into a stripmall in Sheridan Park is Queen Sheba Ethiopian Cafe. With classic meals along with smaller bites and drinks, Queen Sheba is a perfect place for a quick bite or coffee to fuel your day. Not only do folks continue to rave about the food, but also the warm personality of owner, Beruk. This is definitely a must-go place on your hunt for great Ethiopian food!
Featured Image: Demera