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Where to Find Exceptional Ethiopian Food in Portland

From misir wot to house-made ayib 

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Tucked among Portland’s countless food carts and restaurants, a handful of Ethiopian and Eritrean kitchens craft thoughtful stews, collard greens, and lentils fragrant with the region’s spices, like chili-blend berbere or serrano powder mitmita. As the weather chills, the warm, layered stews and sauces of the countries’ cuisines make for exceptional fall fare — one that holds up especially well for takeout. Portland’s Habesha or Abyssinian enclaves reside primarily in the Northeastern corridor along Martin Luther King Jr between Fremont and Ainsworth, but also include a few spots just south of the hub. Regardless of location, expect to order an eclectic mix of dishes to scoop with injera, the quintessential spongy flatbread. Map points are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

E'Njoni Cafe

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A must-visit for the newbie or the indecisive, this Killingsworth Ethiopian and Mediterranean spot’s bright atmosphere, with sunny yellow walls covered in art, matches the restaurant’s cheerful use of spice and aromatics. Visitors should try the curried cabbage alicha, an aromatic stew, and chickpea-laden bamia, an okra stew, alongside a mix of falafel. Dine-in, takeout, and delivery is available.

Enat Kitchen Restaurant

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Just a stone’s throw from E’Njoni Cafe, Enat Kitchen dishes out an extensive mix of vegan, vegetarian, and meat-centric entrees, from the garlicky collard green dish gomen to buttery minced beef. The traditional stewed lamb arrives rich with berbere, a spice blend of red chili powder, garlic, nigella, and fenugreek. Available for takeout only, but picnic tables are available outside next to the restaurant’s colorful murals.

Queen of Sheba Restaurant

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The casual-but-lively Queen of Sheba introduced many unfamiliar Portlanders to Ethiopian food when it opened in the ‘90s, quickly snagging local accolades and distributing injera, berbere, and other Ethiopian imports at markets around town. The folks at Queen of Sheba don’t play, spice-wise; all dishes arrive at a solid medium-hot. Those who can’t handle the heat should order mild dishes like an aromatic alicha. Conversely, heat-seekers can expect a real kick by ordering dishes like tibbsi kinttishara, sauteed mushrooms in a spicy berbere sauce. The restaurant is open for takeout.

Sengatera Ethiopian Restaurant

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Sengatera celebrates Ethiopian culture through food and drink service, but the spot was also known as a place to see live Ethiopian music on the weekends. Menu highlights include bozena shirobeef stewed with ground chickpeas, spicy berbere, and various aromatics, as well as the vegetarian chickpea dish shiro. Both are available for takeout or delivery.

Aberus Restaurant

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This no-frills Ethiopian spot comes with welcoming and attentive service from the get-go. Ethiopian incense looms throughout the restaurant as the family-run kitchen turns out traditional platters, like the Aberus combination sampler with a taste of the most popular meat and vegetarian options. The restaurant is open for takeout.

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Bole Ethiopian Restaurant

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One of Portland’s older Ethiopian destinations sits snugly on Alberta Street with a bright green exterior. While the color grabs attention, the mere 28-seat Bole, formerly known as Gojo, is a cozier space laced with brightly colored dresses and scarves hung from the ceiling and walls. The restaurant’s version of kitfo, a beef tartare, arrives alongside house-made ayib cheese. Available for takeout. 

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Our takeout meal from Bole Ethiopian Restaurant in the Alberta Arts District was delicious and nourishing. The split peas and lentils provided plenty of protein and all those rainbow colors filled us with a multitude of health-promoting phytonutrients. ⁣ ⁣ We enjoyed this wonderful vegan dish:⁣ ⁣ Vegetarian Combo, which consisted of the following (clockwise from top):⁣ ⁣ Defin Miser Wot – whole brown lentils simmered in a mild sauce and seasoned with spices and herbs⁣ ⁣ Pureed Beets – not on the menu but sweet and delicious⁣ ⁣ Gomen – fresh collard greens simmered in a mild sauce and seasoned with spices and herbs⁣ ⁣ Shiro Wot – pureed split peas cooked with red onions and garlic⁣ ⁣ Fosolia - green beans lightly spiced and sauteed with carrots⁣ ⁣ Atakilit Alicha – fresh cabbage and carrots simmered in a flavorful mild sauce⁣ ⁣ Miser Key Wot - pureed split red lentils simmered with onions, spicy berbere, and seasonings (center)⁣ ⁣ For more ideas on dining out in Portland, Oregon and beyond, here are some resources: www.pdxveg.org/dining-out. *Link to website in bio*⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #BlackOwnedBusiness #blackownedbusinesspdx #supportblackownedbusinesses #supportblackowned #ethiopianfood #ethiopianeats, #ethiopianrestaurant #injera #veganfoodshare #whatveganseat #ethiopian #pdxvegchallenge #veganforhealth #veganfortheanimals #veganfortheplanet #portlandfood #eattherainbow #vegancommunity #veganethiopian #veganlifestyle #eatportland #pdxeats #veganpdx #pdxvegan #veganethiopianfood #veganeats #quarantinetakeout #shoplocalpdx #supportlocalbusiness

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Bete-Lukas Ethiopian Restaurant

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Just above street level, Bete-Lukas was known for its fine-dining feel with white tablecloths and linen napkins. The eggplant tibs — a term for sautéed or stewed cubes of meat and vegetables — are a distinct switch-up from the typical vegetarian suspects. The asa goulash is a hit, too, with smoky berbere coating pieces of tender white fish. Available for takeout. 

Sisters Ethiopian Restaurant

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While Sisters doesn’t offer an extensive menu, it more than makes up for it with the amount of flavor packed into each dish. The restaurant’s veggie combo is an excellent way to try both its spicier misir wot, creamy with red lentils, and the mild alicha kik, sunny with yellow split peas. The restaurant is offering takeout only at the moment. 

Try Me Ethiopian Cuisine

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Located in Gresham Town Fair, Try Me Ethiopian’s cozy space is a respite within the hustle of the busy outdoor mall. The kitfo can be ordered raw, medium or well done, served with gomen and mitmita, and is a worthy partner to Try Me Ethiopian’s house-made ayib. Available for dine-in and takeout. 

E'Njoni Cafe

A must-visit for the newbie or the indecisive, this Killingsworth Ethiopian and Mediterranean spot’s bright atmosphere, with sunny yellow walls covered in art, matches the restaurant’s cheerful use of spice and aromatics. Visitors should try the curried cabbage alicha, an aromatic stew, and chickpea-laden bamia, an okra stew, alongside a mix of falafel. Dine-in, takeout, and delivery is available.

Enat Kitchen Restaurant

Just a stone’s throw from E’Njoni Cafe, Enat Kitchen dishes out an extensive mix of vegan, vegetarian, and meat-centric entrees, from the garlicky collard green dish gomen to buttery minced beef. The traditional stewed lamb arrives rich with berbere, a spice blend of red chili powder, garlic, nigella, and fenugreek. Available for takeout only, but picnic tables are available outside next to the restaurant’s colorful murals.

Queen of Sheba Restaurant

The casual-but-lively Queen of Sheba introduced many unfamiliar Portlanders to Ethiopian food when it opened in the ‘90s, quickly snagging local accolades and distributing injera, berbere, and other Ethiopian imports at markets around town. The folks at Queen of Sheba don’t play, spice-wise; all dishes arrive at a solid medium-hot. Those who can’t handle the heat should order mild dishes like an aromatic alicha. Conversely, heat-seekers can expect a real kick by ordering dishes like tibbsi kinttishara, sauteed mushrooms in a spicy berbere sauce. The restaurant is open for takeout.

Sengatera Ethiopian Restaurant

Sengatera celebrates Ethiopian culture through food and drink service, but the spot was also known as a place to see live Ethiopian music on the weekends. Menu highlights include bozena shirobeef stewed with ground chickpeas, spicy berbere, and various aromatics, as well as the vegetarian chickpea dish shiro. Both are available for takeout or delivery.

Aberus Restaurant

This no-frills Ethiopian spot comes with welcoming and attentive service from the get-go. Ethiopian incense looms throughout the restaurant as the family-run kitchen turns out traditional platters, like the Aberus combination sampler with a taste of the most popular meat and vegetarian options. The restaurant is open for takeout.

View this post on Instagram

aberus combination + veggie combination #1

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Bole Ethiopian Restaurant

One of Portland’s older Ethiopian destinations sits snugly on Alberta Street with a bright green exterior. While the color grabs attention, the mere 28-seat Bole, formerly known as Gojo, is a cozier space laced with brightly colored dresses and scarves hung from the ceiling and walls. The restaurant’s version of kitfo, a beef tartare, arrives alongside house-made ayib cheese. Available for takeout. 

View this post on Instagram

Our takeout meal from Bole Ethiopian Restaurant in the Alberta Arts District was delicious and nourishing. The split peas and lentils provided plenty of protein and all those rainbow colors filled us with a multitude of health-promoting phytonutrients. ⁣ ⁣ We enjoyed this wonderful vegan dish:⁣ ⁣ Vegetarian Combo, which consisted of the following (clockwise from top):⁣ ⁣ Defin Miser Wot – whole brown lentils simmered in a mild sauce and seasoned with spices and herbs⁣ ⁣ Pureed Beets – not on the menu but sweet and delicious⁣ ⁣ Gomen – fresh collard greens simmered in a mild sauce and seasoned with spices and herbs⁣ ⁣ Shiro Wot – pureed split peas cooked with red onions and garlic⁣ ⁣ Fosolia - green beans lightly spiced and sauteed with carrots⁣ ⁣ Atakilit Alicha – fresh cabbage and carrots simmered in a flavorful mild sauce⁣ ⁣ Miser Key Wot - pureed split red lentils simmered with onions, spicy berbere, and seasonings (center)⁣ ⁣ For more ideas on dining out in Portland, Oregon and beyond, here are some resources: www.pdxveg.org/dining-out. *Link to website in bio*⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #BlackOwnedBusiness #blackownedbusinesspdx #supportblackownedbusinesses #supportblackowned #ethiopianfood #ethiopianeats, #ethiopianrestaurant #injera #veganfoodshare #whatveganseat #ethiopian #pdxvegchallenge #veganforhealth #veganfortheanimals #veganfortheplanet #portlandfood #eattherainbow #vegancommunity #veganethiopian #veganlifestyle #eatportland #pdxeats #veganpdx #pdxvegan #veganethiopianfood #veganeats #quarantinetakeout #shoplocalpdx #supportlocalbusiness

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Bete-Lukas Ethiopian Restaurant

Just above street level, Bete-Lukas was known for its fine-dining feel with white tablecloths and linen napkins. The eggplant tibs — a term for sautéed or stewed cubes of meat and vegetables — are a distinct switch-up from the typical vegetarian suspects. The asa goulash is a hit, too, with smoky berbere coating pieces of tender white fish. Available for takeout. 

Sisters Ethiopian Restaurant

While Sisters doesn’t offer an extensive menu, it more than makes up for it with the amount of flavor packed into each dish. The restaurant’s veggie combo is an excellent way to try both its spicier misir wot, creamy with red lentils, and the mild alicha kik, sunny with yellow split peas. The restaurant is offering takeout only at the moment. 

Try Me Ethiopian Cuisine

Located in Gresham Town Fair, Try Me Ethiopian’s cozy space is a respite within the hustle of the busy outdoor mall. The kitfo can be ordered raw, medium or well done, served with gomen and mitmita, and is a worthy partner to Try Me Ethiopian’s house-made ayib. Available for dine-in and takeout. 

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