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cbgsma Jan 23, 2007 07:21 PM

Any recommendations for good Ethiopian food with a nice atmosphere? Also, one of us is a vegetarian.

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    ajbrigade Jan 23, 2007 10:10 PM

    First things first, I was just checking out chow hound but it was your post that made me join !

    The best ...BEST ...Ethiopian food in Chicago (maybe beyond) -hands down is @ Ethiopian Diamond, located @ 6120 N. Broadway ...I've been an adopted member of the Ethiopian Diamond family for nearly 4 yrs. and eat there/get take out @ least once a week ...I'm vegan (so your vegetarian friend is in luck) and I've entertained many friends/family both vegan/vegetarian and/or carnivores @ Diamonds -all of whom loved it. My ex boyfriend's Mother, who resides in Rockford, requests we eat @ Diamonds during her visits, ha.

    The menu covers many tasty Ethiopian standards -including a dish exclusive to Diamonds: shimbra assa ...chickpea flour in a blend of spices, to mimic their fish watt -This dish alone could thrill any newcomer.

    The atmosphere is spacious and airy, with vibrant lime walls and sturdy tables and chairs. they can accommodate parties big and small and their staff is friendly/helpful and more than willing to explain any menu item. The price is just right and one platter can satisfy 3-4 people. They also serve a wide variety of beers and wines. There's also free entertainment from legendary/man w/ the biggest smile Kelan Phil Cohran, on Friday nights.

    Here are a few helpful reviews:

    http://www.chicagoreader.com/cgi-bin/rrr/details.cgi?numb=1112

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/SQbqAi053aFOf...

    In the 4 yrs. I've been a regular, I've never had a bad meal and I always leave satisfied. One warning, prepare to crave Ethiopian food, post-Diamonds, haha.

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      cbgsma Jan 25, 2007 07:04 PM

      Thanks for the excellent suggestion! We had a very good meal there. We had one meat sampler platter and one vegetarian sampler (b/c we couldn't decide what to order) and both were quite tasty and interesting. The service wasn't bad either (slow, but very pleasant.).

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      jesteinf Jan 24, 2007 07:42 AM

      The food at Ethiopian Diamond is fine, but the service is absolutely atrocious. Just be warned.

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        hemingwayscat Jan 25, 2007 07:55 PM

        I absolutely agree. The food isn't worth the ill treatment.

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          jjweerts Jan 28, 2007 06:29 AM

          I have never had any service problems there - it's laid back (i.e ethiopian), and sometimes really croweded so if you want to go on Friday or Saturday get there early or late.

        2. nsxtasy Jan 28, 2007 06:50 AM

          Well, there aren't all that many to choose from...

          Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant and Lounge
          6120 N. Broadway
          Chicago
          773-338-6100

          Mama Desta's Red Sea Restaurant
          3216 N. Clark St.
          Chicago
          773-935-7561

          Ras Dashen
          5846 N. Broadway
          Chicago
          773-506-9601

          Addis Abeba
          1322 Chicago
          Evanston
          847-328-5411

          Blue Nile
          6118 N. Ravenswood Ave.
          Chicago
          (773) 465-6710

          Sheba Cafe
          5403 N. Broadway Ave.
          Chicago
          (773) 878-2352

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            lbs Jan 30, 2007 01:20 PM

            Ras Dashen is my all time favorite. Love the place. Wish I had more people in my circle of friends who liked Eithipoan food as much cause as it goes, I only get to eat it three or four times a year. The waitresses at Ras Dashen are very helpful and nice. However, service can be slow. I personally like the veggie options (you can pick three if you order) but the chicken wat is so tasty as well. Man alives, I am craving this big time now.

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              aliselara Feb 5, 2007 11:49 AM

              I really enjoy Rasdashen and Adfdis Abeba. I have never been a big fan of Ethiopian Diamond. Food was ok. Service slow.

              So much of a contrast from the service at Rashdashen. I ordered the Ethiopian Coffee and tehy came out from the kitchen to let me smell the handroasted coffee. Lovely service. Great food.

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                babychef Feb 10, 2007 05:31 PM

                Ras Dashen's my fave

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                  jjweerts Feb 18, 2007 08:49 AM

                  I checked out Mama Destas and didn't really like it. I had the vegetarian sampler...a little on the dull side.

                  The owner was wonderfully friendly, however.

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                    penguinista Feb 22, 2007 12:21 PM

                    I've been to Ras Dashen and Ethiopian Diamond in the past two months, and I like Ras Dashen over Ethiopian Diamond for three reasons: 1) RD is much smaller, and more intimate in my opinion. 2) at RD you can put together your own combo (I think there's a pick 2 or 3 option), whereas ED has set combos that may or may not be to your liking. 3) RD lets you pick some little sides (chickpeas, salad, veggies) to accompany your meal, which rounds it out much better.

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