by Kate Schmidt
Other African restaurants have remained under the radar for the most part, among them a couple of rarities noted by Mike Sula earlier this year. One of the most intriguing is Uptown's Lake Langano, which serves qocho, an Ethiopian staple not only unique to Chicago but tough to find anywhere in the States. A flatbread ingeniously derived from the enset, aka false banana plant, it's chewier and heaver than injera, though similarly sour. At Lake Langano you can get it with kitfo, Ethiopian steak tartare, though do be sure to call ahead of time.
Ethiopian is probably the African cuisine most familiar to Americans; Ethiopian breakfast perhaps not so much, though it's offered daily at Rogers Park's Royal Coffee as well as at Edgewater's Abyssinia Restaurant.
As for West African cuisine, notables include Uptown's Iyanze, from the owners of Bolat African Cuisine, and Palace Gate, the latter the city's only Ghanaian restaurant, where the heaping plates come accompanied with Ghanaian highlife.