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Alem Ethiopian Village

Ethiopian food is fun, tasty and healthy featuring dishes made of beef, chicken, and lamb, as well as the vegan's delights such as vegetables, split peas, lentils and salad.

307 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI • 53202
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Hours of Operation

Mon.-Sat. 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

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Overview

Ethiopian food is both distinctive and delicious, befitting a remarkable country with a cultural heritage that stands out from the rest of Africa. In 2008 Mulu Habtesilssie, opened Alem Ethiopian Village in downtown Milwaukee. Now 11 years later, Habtesilssie can say she is still living her dream of having her own restaurant serving Authentic Ethiopian cuisine, from fall off the bone chicken to a vegan buffet to special brand of coffee.  She takes no shortcuts with her food. It is all made from scratch with a rich blend of curated spices.  Each meal is like a window into Ethiopian culture and cuisine.

The seating is at conventional tables, chairs are grouped around one or more mesobs – colorful woven tables. Servers bring the food on a large platter that rests on top of the mesob.  The platter is akin to a round, deep-dish pizza pan, the base of which is lined with injera, a wafer-thin pancake made from teff flour, and is the traditional Ethiopian style of eating with your hands.  Conventional utensils are available.
 
Knowledge is essential at Alem, and Mulu’s staff is so helpful in explaining the dishes. The meals are an extension of herself. She is sharing her childhood, culture, and memories with each customer. In fact, she doesn't think of them as customers either.

The meals are an extension of herself. She is sharing her childhood, culture, and memories with each customer. In fact, she doesn't think of them as customers either.

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Things You'll Find:

  1. Opened in 2008 during the height of the financial crisis.
  2. We eat on one platter. That's family style. That's sharing, giving, caring, loving.”
  3. The food is typically eaten by hand, no utensils. For those non-adventurous ones, utensils are provided.
  4. The heart of an Ethiopian meal is the injera—a spongy, flat bread with a slightly tart flavor that traditionally serves as the plate holding the various stews and as the eating utensil.
  5. If you're a connoisseur of steak tartare, you need to meet the spicy Ethiopian version, kitfo. Like traditional tartare, kitfo is made with minced raw beef, although there's no raw egg mixed in. The minced beef is tossed with mitmita (a hotter version of ground and spiced jalapenos) and clarified butter, after which you gobble it up with sheets of injera.

Onsite Amenities
& Features

  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Closed Monday
  • Deliver/Delivery Service
  • ADA Compliant
  • WiFi Available
  • WiFi Available (Complimentary)
  • Family Friendly
  • Open For Business
  • Takeout Available
  • Curbside Pick Up Available

Other
Information

  • Seating Capacity: 98
  • Miles to Airport: 10.00
  • Miles to the Convention Center: 0.40
  • Price Range: $$
  • Sq. Ft. of Largest Meeting Room: 2500
  • Ceiling Height: 10
  • Facility Classification: Event Venue

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East Town

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