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Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

Map & Directions 2027 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
  • Ethiopian, Fusion
  • Sun-Thu 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • Lot Available, Street


City Pages' Description

Modern humans evolved in Ethiopia, but what did our distant ancestors eat? Possibly something like injera, a fermented flatbread made from one of the earliest cultivated grains, called teff. At the Blue Nile, a large restaurant that often has live music and dancing in the attached bar, a big injera arrives at your table bearing ladles of stew; raafuu, for instance, a kale-carrot blend, or maraka lukuu, chicken on the bone in a thick, rich tomato-laced butter sauce. Order a sampler platter, and you'll get most of the best items on the menu at minimal expense. Tear off sections of the injera and use them to scoop up the stews. As you tear and scoop your way through your meal, consider this: What would Lucy have made of Doritos?

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  • Allison M. on 10/07/10

    If you enjoy quality brews, domestic or Belgian, chat it up with Al the bartender. He's a wealth of information!

  • Chad T. on 07/04/09

    Attend firkin tapping event here. This has become a great craft beer bar in addition to the amazing Ethiopian cuisine.

  • Metromix on 10/22/10

    An Ethiopian restaurant w/ one of the TC’s most selective beer lists is a curious thing. Choose a beer from a choice international handful

  • Will C. on 01/14/10

    Go to the Blue Nile on any Tuesday at 10PM for the best, longest-running open mic in the Twin Cities.

  • Jason S. on 08/23/11

    The best tap handle collection around! Their craft beer selection is one of the best in the Twin Cities.

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