Portland >Food & Dining > Blue Nile Cafe
2225 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR | Directions 9723245.535154 -122.642376
Monday To Sunday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Irvington
our favorite Ethiopian restaurant – We regularly get cravings for Ethiopian food and this restaurant is consistently a delight to dine in. The owner is kind and friendly and the food is always prompt and delicious. We usually order the veggie and meat combinations. So cheap for all the food you get!
Like eating at someone's home – I love this place. I've gone twice in the past two months and just love how wonderful the food is. I've ordered the vegetarian combo both times and it was a great blend of spicy and savory. The injera is perfectly balanced, not too thin like others have written about other Ethiopian restaurants in town. I've eaten at numerous Ethiopian restaurants after living in DC for 5 years (huge African population and awesome African food) and Blue Nile matches those higher end restaurants for sure. Sure, there's no ambience (BN is like a cafe w/ outside seating) but the food is right up there with the best of them. I, too, am annoyed w/ the TV always being on but I think that gives the place character and more homey like you're at someone's home. I highly recommend Blue Nile.
Very Tasty Ethiopian Food in a cozy cafe setting. – The vegetarian combo for two is excellent. A selection of spicy and mild food shared from a large platter covered with ingera crepes. I've eaten at several East African restaurants over the years and this is one of the best. Service is friendly and reasonably quick. Although the dining area is small I've never had to wait for a table the 8 or 10 times I've gone there in the last 3 years. An undiscovered treasure.
Delicious and authentic – It's wonderful that there's a place in Portland where you can get REAL injera (unlike the pale imitation at Jarra's.) The dishes are varied, highly flavorful, and non-greasy. Wonderful options for vegetarians and vegans. I'd recommend getting a combo plate to share with your dining companions so you can taste all the different and wonderful flavors Blue Nile has to offer. Since the TV is always on, it's better to go on a nice day when you can sit outside.
The Best in Portland!!! – Everything I've tried at Blue Nile Cafe has been great! I've been to three of the four Ethiopian restaurants in Portland and this one is by far the best. Everyone is very friendly and the atmosphere is nice and cozy. You'll get a lot of food for very little money. Try the Blue Nile combination plate or make your own combo.
My favorate spot – I have had Ethiopian food before, here in Portland and Seattle. I loved the dishes and the choice you will have in this little cafe. also the price is very cheap. The cook and the waiter is the same lady and it happen she is the owner too. She served the food fast. The "Injera" the soft pancake like is from Teff. Try the blue nile combnation or Vegiterian combination. If you realy like meat the lamb dish is excellent. I would recommend come in a group to share the "family style" which will be provided varity in big platter. I recommand for every one.
the best Ethiopian food in town.
One of my favorite places – Yes the tv blares and the decor is like you're in someone's kitchen dining nook and you probably are because it's owned by a husband and wife who are there constantly, so just go with it. The food is really savory, plentiful and inexpensive and we've never had to wait long. Agree with the person who recommended the combination. The wife who probably will wait on you is also the cook.
You could always sit outside and watch Broadway go by if you want to avoid the tv.
This would be my favorite Ethiopian place in town if they would only turn off the TV! The flavors here are much richer and more complex than at Jarra's, IMHO, and they're one of the few places in town to use teff -- the real deal -- for their injera. The doro wat is my standard order and I'd venture that they have the best berebere sauce in town, maybe rivalled by Abole. The service is a little indifferent, its true, but just because they're watching TV doesn't mean they won't help you.
Bonus: they're open for breakfast, too, so you can have ethiopian style food all day long!
Bring your mouth alive! – If you already love Ethiopian/Eritrean food, you won't be disappointed. If you're skeptical, try it out! It's yummy food and a fun presentation, where you utilize injera bread to eat instead of fork and knife. Go for berbere if you like hot and spicy. Yum!!!
Outstanding – The best Ethiopian food around. The food is spicy and the service is great.
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