An Ethiopian restaurant, "Era", opened up recently on 28th + Poplar. Checked it out the other night, and its worth a visit if you dig ethiopian food and want to have a chowhound experience. Walking in, the first thing you see is an enormous bar that dominates the room. A few tables were scattered around in the back. The place was empty except for the few patrons at the bar transfixed by a Will Smith special on vh1.
A very nice woman seated us at a back table, moving her Amharic-English dictionary off the table. She said that the bar has been open for a month, and food has been up for one week.
Ordered a beef tibs dish(cant remember which one), and raw kitfo beef to share. The waitress was chagrined that Americans would order anything raw, but the tender and perfectly prepared kitfo turned out to be the highlight of the meal (order some hot pepper spice on the side also). Each entree comes with 2 sides, and you can choose between mixed veggies, lentils, greens and several other choices. All of those were good as well, and the injera was tasty. The waitress kept going through a door in the back labeled "dining room," so Im assuming some more seating will be opened up. Anyway,they also have the usual lamb and chicken dishes to choose from as well. Oh, and the meal, more than enough for two to share, came to $15. So, the place may look like an old-school bar and may or not be licensed for food(who knows), but they make damn good and cheap ethiopian food. And in the end, isnt that what chowhound is all about? Oh and their jukebox is killer for soul, r+b and a few ethiopian discs.