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Best Middle Eastern/African

Zemam's Ethiopian Cuisine

The Ethiopian food at Zemam's comes served like paint on a palette, which is all part of the fun. Gomen alicha, spicy zigni and other traditional stews come served on one giant piece of spongy injera bread, which is used to scoop up a bite-sized portion without the need for a fork or a spoon. Once you really get into the swing of things, you can mix and match to create flavor hues all your own. If you're bringing a date, consider enjoying what Ethiopians call "gursha," or feeding another person at the table as a sign of kindness and respect. Eating with your hands is a tradition at this cozy little restaurant, and it's so much fun that you might wonder why you've been using utensils all these years.

Runners up:

2. Café Desta

758 S. Stone Ave.


3. Zayna Mediterranean

9105 E. Tanque Verde Road, No. 103


4122 E. Speedway Blvd.