After reading the article on Heavy Table about this place needing some business after a power failure in June, I decided to give it a try for lunch today. The outside is very simple and almost makes you wonder if they are open, but step on in. This would be a great "midway" place to meet up as it is just off University, between Lexington and Hamline.
It was great. My companion and I shared the veggie combo and the "soul food" chickpea dish. The flavors were just what I wanted them to be. The spicy dishes with a kick, but not inedible; the cabbage cooked, but not mushy. There was a mushroom dish, (with red split peas perhaps?) that was yummy with all sorts of complex flavors. The lentil dish was not my favorite, but rarely do lentils win in my taste competition. The injera tasted good, a little sour as it should be.
Like most African restaurants, there was more food per person that one could eat. We did not try any of the appetizers, but I am looking forward to returning with a bigger group so I can try more dishes.
The atmosphere is pleasant and ( a measure for me), the bathroom clean.
They do not serve liquor or wine or beer and do not plan to. That is not of great importance to me, but I know it is to some people. A unique aspect is to pay, you walk up to the counter and they will ring you up.
For the less adventurous in your party, they offer a gryo sandwich, a hamburger and a chicken sandwich and some spaghetti options.
My only complaint was that it took quite awhile to get our food after we ordered. I am an impatient person. If we had appetizers of something to nibble on, I would have been fine. It is all made to order, so sometimes, you just have to wait.
I will definitely return and wish them well.
490 N Syndicate St, St Paul, MN 55104