They had me at Ethiopian-Chinese food. Berbere-spiced General Tso’s chicken probably would be a lot more fun to eat with injera instead of balsa-wood chopsticks, but when I heard the three-week-old storefront Lake Langano wasn’t serving an Afro-Asiatic mashup but two distinct menus—standard Ameri-Chinese and Ethiopian—I didn’t see any reason to rush over any faster than I normally would.

Then it turned out that the little Uptown spot is in fact serving something totally unique to Chicago and very rare across the U.S.