3113 N. Sharon Amity Road
Owners: Zevaburak Abay and Tsige Meshesha
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At first glance, it’s hard to tell the Nile Restaurant and Grocery is a cafe but walk through the door past the counter. Just beyond, you’ll find a quaint cafe that seats about 16 people.
Owners Zavaburak Abay and Tsige Meshesha make you feel at home. Their warm welcome lets you know that even if you haven’t had Ethiopian food, you’re in for a delightful experience.
The couple opened the grocery store in 2005 because the recognized a desire in the community for authentic Ethiopian food. It wasn’t easy to find ingredients from Ethiopia to prepare their homeland’s cuisine. “We serve the Ethiopian community members. We get the products they want,” said Abay. The couple opened the cafe in 2007. It’s open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
Traditional Ethiopian dishes are served on a mesob, a handcrafted tabletop that family members and friends sit around to eat. Food is eaten by hand and served with fresh injera, a flatbread with a spongy texture. You can expect to eat a combination of different items all at once. To eat the traditional way, tear off a piece of the injera to scoop us a bite of your dish.
Some of the dishes are: dulet, a chopped beef dish with pepper and garlic; fir fir, a beef dish made with spices; and doro wat, a spicy dish made with chicken and eggs – considered to be the Ethiopian national dish. Vegetarian options include cabbage made with carrots and potatoes, lentils, and shiros – a dish made with ground chickpeas and a mixture of spices.