Reasons to Love Minnesota No. 11: Ghebre’s Restaurant

Finger lickin' good Ethiopian grub

The Twin Cities are home to more than a dozen Ethiopian restaurants (Bolé! Mesob! Demera! Fasika!), and we’re on a mission to try them all. At Ghebre’s, a casual eatery in St. Paul, the traditional recipes are based on the cooking of owner Genet Ghebre’s mother. She and her two sisters ran restaurants in Ethiopia and Eritrea before settling in the States. The vegetarian or meat combo platter is the way to go—big enough to feed two or three people and accompanied by an extra plate of tangy injera bread for sopping up the last of the addictive misir wot (a berbere-spiced red lentil stew) and sautéed lamb tibs. Note to our vegan friends: Ghebre’s will happily sub in vegetable oil for clarified butter upon request.

512 Snelling Ave., St. Paul, MN; 651-493-4324.