Let's face it: eating Asian food doesn't count as diversifying. Houston Hall's sushi, Pod's Pad Thai, Bejiing's fried rice, even Le Anh's chicken lo mein just won't cut it if you're trying to expand your cultural horizons. Ethiopian cuisine at Abyssinia? That's a bit more like it. This little piece of Eastern Africa is located in our very own West Philadelphia, making it an easy walk from campus.

From the wine glass pictured on the awning and the entry room bar, one might mistake this eatery for just a neighborhood watering hole. But a crowded restaurant and authentic eating experience await you just beyond the uninspiring anteroom. A variety of African artifacts, tapestries and hide skin paintings line the walls of the cozy dining room. If you want to do it right, make sure to sit at one of the mesob's (low, wicker dining tables) in the back. Very small, yet comfortable, decorative wooden chairs surround the traditional tables.

In this intimate setting, equally appropriate for couples and small groups, sharing food is both natural and necessary. Anyone who has ever been yelled at for picking at their food will feel right at home. All of the dishes come with soft , unleavened cr?pes called injer


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