If you'd like to experience a meal that will transport you to the other side of the world, look no further than this Ethiopian restaurant in one of Cleveland's most ethnically diverse neighborhoods. The interior is magical, with an assortment of chairs and tables grouped together under several hut-like canopies. Ethiopian meals are served family style, with diners grouped around platters of colorful, exotic foods. The meat, vegetable and grain based stews are served atop injera, spongy flatbread that is used to scoop up the food and deliver it to your eager mouth. Thanks to a wide assortment of options, Empress Taytu is ideal for both vegetarians and omnivores.
6125 St. Clair Ave., 216-391-9400, empresstayturestaurantcleveland.com.