Ethiopian cuisine, by virtue of its spicy nature and family-style preparations, makes for some of the best social dining experiences known to mankind. Parties gather round a smallish table, drinking beer and enjoying one another's company. When dinner is served, it is truly an occasion. One colossal dinner plate is placed on the table, on it a patchwork of different curries and stews. Diners use a spongy, pancake-like bread to scoop up bites of goodness, and being that everything's on a communal platter, it's always a race to the finish. Blue Nile is the University area's flagship outpost for Ethiopian, so if an experience like this is what you crave, make your way over. See website for menu and more.