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Yummye Feb 21, 2014 04:41 PM

Together with friends we have begun exploring the many small ethnic restaurants here in the Valley. To date we have had wonderful dinners at a Cambodian and a Pakistani restaurant but we want to look further. Obviously we are not going to Mexican/Chinese/Italian because these cuisines are wonderful but all to mundane.

So, does anyone have recommendations?

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    chewbacca Feb 22, 2014 08:07 AM

    Haji Baba on Apache in Tempe is great for Arabic but closes at 8pm and is like eating in a market. Cafe Lalibella, also in Tempe, is great for Ethiopean with their sourdough crepes/bread injera. I recommend the vegetarian combo.

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      jock Feb 23, 2014 02:58 PM

      May we assume you are speaking of Sekong and Kyhber Hallal?

      1. exit2lef Feb 23, 2014 05:27 PM

        There are many choices, but one place to start is at Mekong Plaza, a mall in west Mesa that focuses on customers of southeast Asian origin. The full service restaurants there are generally good at offering familiar Vietnamese and Thai fare, but if you want to dig deeper, explore the food court. You'll find three high-quality places there servings lesser known cuisines:

        Kong Fu Gyoza -- Chinese, but not the usual stir-fry dishes. Lots of emphasis on street foods with good gyoza, dandan noodles, and other specialties.

        Hue Gourmet -- The food of central Vietnam. Bold soups beyond pho, mini rice cakes with shrimp, dishes you won't see at most Vietnamese restaurants

        Wholly Grill -- Filipino food, a cuisine that doesn't get much love among non-Filipinos. Try the specials each day.

        1. alliegator Mar 7, 2014 03:38 PM

          There is a small but superb Moroccan restaurant in town:
          Service is slow, but the food is worth the wait. I recommend the chicken tagine with olives and lemon. Hearty, but bright in flavor.

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