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Nov 16, 2007 01:04 PM

New Ethiopian restaurant in Phoenix?

New Ethiopian restaurant in Phoenix, on Roosevelt west of 7th Street?

Has anyone been? Do you know the name?

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    1. There's a new place at that location called the "Nile Cafe," but I think it's more Middle Eastern than Ethiopian.

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      1. re: silverbear

        Yes, silverbear is correct. it is called the Nile Cafe and it is Middle Eastern, not Ethiopian.

        I went there for lunch a few weeks ago. The owner is a nice, enterprising young man but I fear for this place. The space itself is awkward, with a small seating area and a spacious kitchen area in the back. It seems like they could have cramped the rear and made the seating area more comfortable. The coffee and tea machines were sitting dry and the menus we were given were incomplete and dirty.

        The food, however, was decent. The hummus varieties were all very good. I had the chicken shwarma pita and it was OK. The owner seemed to be very proud of the meat but it tasted like slightly above average cooked chicken breast to me. I did enjoy the drink cooler full of a variety of bottled drinks all for $1.00. Most places charge $1.50 to $2.00 for these types of drinks. With Matt's Big Breakfast down the street charging out the wazzoo for refills of honey lemonade or $4.00 for 8 ounces of apple cider, $1.00 for 12 ounces of Syrian mango juice might as well be free.

        A tip to the owner: please do your accounting in the back. Taking up one of the four tables in your place with your laptop for business work is just a bit peculiar.

        1. re: HeatmiserAZ

          lol Heatmiser. When I stopped in he was busy reading the paper at one of the tables as well. I didn't think much of it since no one else was in there, but I guess if he makes a habit of it during popular times, he might want to change his ways.