Thai restaurants? The Wasatch Front literally has dozens. Chinese restaurants? Even more. But African restaurants? You'd really have to stretch the definition to even claim a few... that is, until Red Sea opened in Sugarhouse in early 2012.
During its incredibly brief infancy, this locally-owned restaurant has already earned loyal customers and praise by the press. Serving an exotic-to-Utah cuisine–and doing it extremely well–Red Sea is an affordable, must-try restaurant for visitors and residents alike.
Ethiopian and Eritrean: Now Available in Sugarhouse — Photo courtesy of LollyKnit
But what exactly is Ethopian and Eritrean cuisine? Located in northeastern Africa, these two neighboring countries have developed a flavorful and savory culinary tradition. Traditional meals include cooked vegetables served on flatbread, called injera, together with chicken and beef stews, tsebhi, and bean paste, hilbet.
The injera is quite spacious, and serves as the platform for the various dishes. Many of the items have some kind of spiciness – but even those somewhat intolerant of heat should enjoy the food, as the bite never overpowers the rich flavors of each dish.
Come prepared to try an entirely new cuisine. Enjoy the unique flavors and textures of each item. Though you'll be offered utensils, it is traditional to eat with your hands in many parts of Africa. Wash up, and give it a try!