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Ethiopian in Portland

Rachael5000 Jan 15, 2012 06:21 PM

I love ethiopian food and was spoiled when I lived in LA because there is a "little ethiopia" which I frequently visited. I haven't had Ethiopian since I moved to Portland. There are three restaurants that I am thinking of visiting: E'Njoni Cafe, Bete-Lukes, and Queen of Sheba international food. Opinions on the best one? I am leaning more towards E'Njoni...

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    Leonardo RE: Rachael5000 Jan 16, 2012 05:29 PM

    I like Blue Nile, also Bete-Lukas.

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      Rachael5000 RE: Leonardo Jan 16, 2012 08:09 PM

      If you had to pick one, which one would you pick?

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      cheeseisheaven RE: Rachael5000 Jan 16, 2012 07:04 PM

      also Dalo's kitchen...

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        Rachael5000 RE: cheeseisheaven Jan 16, 2012 08:09 PM

        I have heard the service is very up and down, thoughts?

      2. JillO RE: Rachael5000 Jan 17, 2012 11:25 AM

        Bete-Lukas is my fave, but I like Blue Nile too.

        1. tybeean RE: Rachael5000 Feb 21, 2012 05:17 PM

          I'd suggest Enat's Kitchen (on killingsworth near Enjoni). food is great and prices aren't outrageous. we go at least every few weeks for the family meal. of the others you mentioned, i like Enjoni, though several people we were going with had issues (either long waits or not great food over several visits). Bete Lukas I also like quite a bit, but its farther away for me and the few trips i've made they are super crowded leaving us waiting a long time if we don't have a reservation. And Queen of Sheeba I have only been to once and I didn't love it - thought the food was not as flavorful as Enat or Enjoni. But I've been only the once, so i'm willing to chalk it up to an off night and will go again.

          Oh, one other place you might want to try is horn of africa on MLK - more generally east african than strictly ethiopian, but its a nice spicy option.

          enjoy!

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            cheeseisheaven RE: Rachael5000 Feb 22, 2012 08:37 AM

            A friend of mine love's E'Njoni and they got a great write up a few weeks ago
            http://www.wweek.com/portland/article...

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              JillO RE: cheeseisheaven Feb 22, 2012 09:03 AM

              A good friend went to the Sunday buffet recently and said it was very, very good. Haven't been there myself yet, for the buffet or otherwise...

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