African or Middle Eastern Food in Austin?
Hi, I just moved to Austin from Santa Barbara, CA, and I love African food (especially Ethiopian) and Middle Eastern food. However, I can't seem to find much of either here. Can anyone help?
World Beat Cafe -- Nigerian, I think, and Ethiopian food. MLK just west of UT. Fufu, injera, etc.
Ararat -- Middle eastern, North Loop
Phoenicia Bakery -- Mid east grocery and lunnch food, felafel, etc. One on Burnet, another on South Lamar.
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re: Jim Washburn
Aster Kassaye, who formerly ran Aster's Ethiopian Restaurant in the early 90's, closed it when her husband was transferred from Austin. They came back to Austin in 2003, but she wasn't ready for the grind of running a restaurant full time, so she's been selling her food as "Aster's Ethiopian Catering" at several stores (including Wheatsville) and at the Austin and (at one time) Sunset Valley Farmer's Markets:
She's got the restaurant bug again, but hasn't found the right location. Visit her at the Farmer's Market and encourage her to take the plunge and reopen! She's currently our only chance for an Ethio restaurant in Austin.
I've been hunting for good African food in town. There really isn't any unfortunately. I'm not a big fan of World Beat, I'm surprised it's still open though - I thought that it closed a while back.