For ChowHounds looking for a uniquely delicious meal, the new Ezo African Restaurant in Portland is worth the drive from almost anywhere in Northen New England.
I had lunch there today and enjoyed Sawarawa, which consisted of spiced chicken, lentils and fresh vegetables (cool and crisp slices of colored pepper and cucumbers) served on native flatbread (similar in taste and texture to a really good popover or Yorkshire pudding). Generous portions for a lunch, and priced at $5.95.
The service was fast and friendly, and the restaurant was full at 1PM with raving customers (lots of fun talk between tables about the food).
I hope that in the future they are able to add a selection of native beverages to the menu. I always feel a bit awkward about washing down authentic national cuisines with a Coke. They should also add a soda fountain soon...the faire is simply too good to be accompanied to the table by a canned beverage.
They are located at 51 Oak Street in Portland, (207) 772-1796.
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