St. Louis can be a harsh place for vegetarians, often obliging them to seek out the city's vendors of ethnic cuisines. The Ethiopian food served at Addis abundantly rewards such exploration. Sufficiently inexpensive to satisfy a whim but substantial enough to provide dinner and lunch the next day (or two), Addis' offerings give vegetarians an array of options. Dishes range from appetizers such as iyb begomen
(cottage cheese with mitmita
[hot-pepper powder] and gomen
[greens]) and ye misir shorba (a hearty lentil-and-potato soup), both under 5 bucks, to $8 platters of three side dishes (do not miss the ye misir kik we ot [key]
) underlaid with injera
, the spongy bread that is both utile and edible. The combination of plenty and affordability makes Addis the area's best bet for dietary ethicality on the cheap.