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Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant

After eight years, Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant has established itself as an essential part of South Grand’s vibrant, eclectic array of restaurants — and of the larger St. Louis dining scene, as well. Meskerem works best as a communal experience, with a few diners sharing several dishes that are all served atop the same large piece of the spongy bread called injera. You tear off pieces of the injera and use them as a utensil for such complexly spiced dishes as doro wat (chicken), lamb tibs or miser wat (lentils). Meskerem offers appealing options for both vegetarians and devoted carnivores (the beef tartare-like kitfo).