By Okon Ekpenyong
Ohio-based Attorney Inna Simakovsky is a passionate advocate for refugees and immigrants. For over 20 years, Inna dedicated her career and time to providing legal aid and support to families.
Inna also regularly visits local immigrant restaurants to support them and their businesses. She has even made it her mission to learn about the different types of cuisines that immigrants bring to the city. She is often asked to provide her opinion on the best immigrant restaurants to try in the area and happily obliges.
With her experience as a former refugee, Inna has a unique insight and understanding of the struggles immigrants and refugees face. She uses her knowledge and expertise to help those in need, and her fight to keep families together is a testament to her compassion and dedication.
She is actively volunteering for organizations that help immigrants transition into the local community, provides them with resources and information about the city, helps them find jobs, and even assist with language learning.
She has also been actively involved in the immigrant community by hosting special events and fundraisers in her local area and mentoring immigrant entrepreneurs looking to open their businesses. By doing this, she has helped to create a solid and supportive network for immigrants and their businesses.
Inna’s recent review of Addis Restaurant praised its delicious and authentic Ethiopian cuisine. She noted that the spices used in the dishes were perfectly balanced, and the portions were generous. For Iftin Restaurant, Inna noted that the restaurant had a cozy atmosphere, and the staff were friendly and attentive. She also praised the quality of the food, highlighting the freshly made pasta dishes and the delicious desserts.
Mohammad Mohammad is a local legend in the Somali restaurant community, having run Banadir Restaurant from 2006 to 2019. Mohammad is now back with a small restaurant, Iftin, which is easy to miss as the signage is under a replacement phrase.
Located on the corner of Elmore Avenue in Cleveland Avenue at 3612 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH 43224, is a small storefront cafe, Iftin, with a diverse Somali menu, including Zalwo, Soor, Ambulo, and Mufo as well as other traditional Somali dishes from Southern Somalia. The dining area is in the back of the house, with a small office up front offering money transfers adding to the place’s unique charm.
The Zambuzos were the best I have ever had in Columbus, Ohio, offering a unique flavor combination of meat and spices, including a hint of cinnamon. Try this gem while it is still hard to find, as it will be very popular soon.
During his wife’s first pregnancy, Niman Hassan and his wife, Melat Berhe, craved food from home. They stopped at a local restaurant and, after eating, decided, “We can make food better.” For the past nine years, and five children later, Niman and Melatâs Addis Restaurant have been serving the only Ethiopian food on the North side of Columbus.
Nimanas chefs prepare their delicious food in a small, intimate kitchen with the smells and sounds of Ethiopia welcoming everyone who enters. The Fit Fit was flavorful, and the Zill Zill tibs were cooked to perfection and served with fresh vegetables. And this is a small restaurant that Somalis and Ethiopians visit, but it should be a favorite of a larger community that might not know they exist.
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