Weekend before last friends were up visiting from Corvallis and their request was Ethiopian. Seems there are no Ethiopian places down that way.
Another friend (who lives in Portland) recommended Blue Nile (on Broadway in the mid NE 20's, across from Chez Jose East - who makes a great margarita, but I digress...). So the four of us went to this small place and had a very good meal.
We ordered a double order of the vegetarian combos, a not-too-spicy chicken dish (the one with the hard boiled egg in a red sauce), and a not-to-spicy beef dish. I'm sorry but I just can't remember the names...it shouldn't be too hard to pick out which ones as most things on the menu are pretty spicy...I'm just a heat wimp. Their menu is set up so that you can order some combos or you can order single dishes/platters.
Their injera is very good, spongy and tart, and made from teff flour. We had been warned by the friend that recommended Blue Nile that some local Ethiopian places use other flours in addition to or instead of teff...seems odd, it is THE staple food of the culture, why would one mess with it??!
The huge platter was full o' food and the food was laid out well so that, for the four of us, we needed to turn it only once so that all of us could try everything on it. We hardly talked we were so busy enjoying the food! We ate ourselves silly for very little money - I think each entree was under $10.
They have Ethiopian beer and honey wine. They take credit cards. It seems like a family business and the couple who served us seemed personally pleased that we enjoyed their food (and ourselves) immensely. They were very nice and service was great. What more could one ask for??
Go and enjoy some good, reasonably priced Ethiopian!!
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