Just as Axum is a very important city in the history of Ethiopia, Axum Restaurant is very important to the Ethiopian expats who call Denver home. The focus here is on authenticity, with a menu of traditional African preparations of meat and veggies typically served atop Ethiopian injera (flatbread) and without utensils. A meal here is a shared, familial experience, one that takes you far away from East Colfax -- exotic as that stretch of road might be. Come later in the evening and you'll be even more out of your element: Axum becomes something of a dance party for the Ethiopian community once the sun sets. You have to see it (and feel it, and taste it) to believe it.
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