Finding myself with a “bonus day” in Omaha, due to a cancelled flight, I decided to venture out to a highly recommended Ethiopian restaurant for dinner. When it comes to meals on the road, good food is one thing, but the experience is what I look for. That’s probably why I enjoy patronizing local ethnic eateries.
This restaurant was a great find. It had exactly what I was looking for – delicious food and an owner who loved serving it. If you haven’t tried Ethiopian food, it’s worth the adventure. Although silverware is available upon request, it’s more fun when you don’t use it. Your meal is served on a type of bread called enjari and they give you additional rolls of enjeri on the side. You rip off a piece, and use it to pick up your food to eat it. If you have special dietary needs, you’ll be glad to know that enjeri is gluten-free, and there are lots of vegetarian and vegan options (of course, I like the chicken and beef dishes.)
Stop seeking out the familiar chain restaurants with food you can get at home. Give yourself the gift of experiencing the local culture and flavor of something truly unique. Urban Spoon, Yelp and Google Maps are great sources to discover restaurants with unfiltered reviews. I have found that when “the people have spoken” and given their assessment of the food and ambiance, you can’t go wrong.