Selam Ethiopian in the Loop Area, StL
Just got back from having dinner at Selam: my wife and I stumbled upon the place, looking for a parking space and ending up right outside their door (a side street off Delmar, same corner as Miss Saigon) We were going to eat at Pi down the street, but it was so crowded we decided to trust fate and head back to Selam. Good decisive. The food was incredible. We had a stuffed, fried vegetarian pastry for an appetizer called a sambussa - tasty. The main course was the highlight. Food is served on a large (24" diameter) piece of flat, spongy brown bread (injera), with the entrees laid out on it. additional pieces of the bread are used to grab and eat the entrees. We had a chicken dish, some type of vegetable puree and a salad. All 3 were really good - spicy without being overbearing.
The only low point was there's no alcohol served (could have used a stiff drink after this week). The server said you can bring your own. The cost was ridiculously low - dinner for 2 under $25.00 and we were both stuffed.
We were the only people in the place on a Friday night. A place this good should be packed. It's hard to spot in it's present location, but you would do well to seek it out.