Guests flock to the restaurant for traditional Ethiopian fare of Ermyias Shiberou, which includes the tasty skewers he serves on his Stickem food truck

By Jennifer Chandler (Memphis Commercial Appeal) |

Ermyias Shiberou grew up halfway across the world in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Today, he is the owner of Blue Nile Ethiopian Kitchen restaurant and Stickem food truck.

This friendly chef and restaurateur always has a smile on his face and is the most welcoming of hosts.

His is a story that will move you.

He originally came to Memphis out of necessity. When he was just 15 years old, his parents sent him to Memphis to live with a family friend. He came here all on his own.

“There was a civil war going on in Ethiopia, and they feared for my safety,” Ermyias said of the move.

As he grew up, his home was never far from mind, nor was the dream of opening an Ethiopian restaurant.

As fate would have it, a food truck came first.

“I always dreamed of having an Ethiopian restaurant, but when the food truck ordinance passed in Memphis, I thought that would be a good way to get into the food industry,” he said. “I tried my recipes for Stickem out on my family at home before venturing out with the food truck.”

Stickem does one thing: food on a stick. Options are skewered beef, chicken, shrimp or tofu served with your choice of veggies, rice or fries. You can choose one type of skewer or get one of their platters with two types. Sweet and simple, but super tasty, the skewers are well seasoned using an interesting blend of spices that have their roots in Ethiopian cuisine.

In July 2015, Ermyias’ dream of a brick-and-mortar restaurant came true. On Madison in the heart of Midtown, Blue Nile quickly became a popular dining destination.

Guests flock to the restaurant for Ermyias’ traditional Ethiopian fare, which includes the tasty skewers he serves on his food truck.

I recommend trying one of the sampler platters that come with Injera, authentic Ethiopian flat bread. The Corniece Platter comes with your choice of meat with a variety of veggies, salads and wats (Ethiopian stews). Ermyias Shiberou also offers a vegetarian platter to share that comes with tofu or shiro wat (an Ethiopian chickpea stew).

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