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Hessini Roots International Cafe

Map & Directions 2044 Clinton St.
Aurora, CO 80010
  • African, Ethiopian, International
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash, ATM/Debit
  • Takeout, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Vegetarian Friendly, Business Dining
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • None
  • Not Accepted
  • Lot Available


Westword's Description

Hessini Roots International is tucked into a lonely row of shops on a nearly deserted residential street. Owner Ifiok Etuk's aunties frequently watch over the place on quiet nights, leafing through magazines and making phone calls. Local artwork and a wood carving of Africa adorn the walls, the sweet sounds of R& B play on the stereo, and a romance self-help book, written by the owner, is propped ceremoniously near the back wall. Etuk moved to the United States from Nigeria in 1987, and after a stint at Taco Bell, he opened his own spot several years ago; the menu -- a combination of Southern soul food, Mexican dishes and West African specialties -- reflects that background. And right in the middle of the menu, amid the wings, catfish, burritos and macaroni and cheese, is a section of dishes made from the recipes of his family in Nigeria, including jollof rice, fufu and fried plantains. Goat, tripe and cow's feet are listed as meat options alongside the fried chicken.

Member Reviews

  • on 10/16/10

    Excellent food to go along with a great atmosphere, I enjoyed everything about it. I will be back to explore more of the menu and for my first visit I was pleasantly surprised!!

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Tips from foursquare

  • LeVar B. on 10/02/11

    Throw a dart at the menu. You can't go wrong.

  • LeVar B. on 08/01/11

    The fried chicken is nom-alicious.

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