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A feast at Demera that’s made even better with a glass of honey wine
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Six Fantastic East African Eateries to Dig Into

Where to find the best sambusas, shaah, and wots

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A feast at Demera that’s made even better with a glass of honey wine
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In addition to the abundance of Ethiopian and Eritrean eateries along St. Paul’s University and Snelling, the Twin Cities are home to a wealth of restaurants reflecting cuisines from other communities within the East African diaspora: milky, fragrant cups of shaah from Somalia, seared beef suqaar, tender, puffed flats of Yemeni mulawah. Here are six favorites across Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Red Sea

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320 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 333-1644
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At The Red Sea, tackle the extensive menu from the beginning: with a seemingness endless selection of made-to-share starters. Make sure to order a sampler of their rolls: thin rounds of sour injera wrapped around a variety of lentil- and bean-based stews.

A West Bank classic
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2. Dilla's Ethiopian Restaurant

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1813 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 332-2898
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Diners from across the Twin Cities flock to Dilla’s on Thursdays and Sundays for their lunch buffet: endless rolls of injera, massive platters of seasoned rice, and a rotating selection of stews, curries, and marinated grilled meats.

Try one of everything at the lunch buffet
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3. Ghebre's Restaurant

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512 Snelling Ave
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 493-4324
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Located just across the street from Fasika, this Eritrean restaurant is housed in an airy, open space with live musicians often playing throughout the evening. Order any of their alicha specialties, featuring meat and assorted vegetables simmered in a gingery, turmeric- and berebere-spiced sauce.

Sunshine colored lentils help combat the winter doldrums
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4. Fasika Restaurant

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510 Snelling Ave N
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 646-4747
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A long-standing institution in St. Paul, Fasika offers a particularly broad range of options for vegan and vegetarian diners. The best way to sample the largest portion of their menu is by ordering from their combination platters: whether the “Vege Sampler” or the “Ultimate Combination,” each platter comes with over half a dozen dishes served on a large disk of fresh injera.

A wide, round injera is piled with curried lentils, braised goodies, rich sauces, bright greens, creamy sauce and more
Good luck choosing what to eat first
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5. Demera Restaurant

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823 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 224-6224
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With a vibrant selection of unique cocktails, Demera is the perfect place to raise a glass alongside Ethiopian favorites: freshly fried sambusas served with spicy-sweet honey awaze sauce, a variety of wots (stews), and the house specialty ambasha, a yeasted, slightly sweet skillet-baked bread.

Don’t miss the gomen here
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6. Nawal Restaurant

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1501 Riverwood Dr
Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 456-6701
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At this Burnsville outpost, order Somalian favorites like chicken suqaar or beef suqaar with rice: tiny cubes of chicken or beef crisped in seasoned oil with sauteed onions and green pepper, served over a choice of aromatic basmati rice or rolls of jabati: a flaky, tender flatbread.

Delicious Somali fare in the south metro
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1. The Red Sea

320 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
A West Bank classic
The Red Sea/Facebook

At The Red Sea, tackle the extensive menu from the beginning: with a seemingness endless selection of made-to-share starters. Make sure to order a sampler of their rolls: thin rounds of sour injera wrapped around a variety of lentil- and bean-based stews.

320 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

2. Dilla's Ethiopian Restaurant

1813 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Try one of everything at the lunch buffet
Dilla’s Ethiopian Restaurant/Facebook

Diners from across the Twin Cities flock to Dilla’s on Thursdays and Sundays for their lunch buffet: endless rolls of injera, massive platters of seasoned rice, and a rotating selection of stews, curries, and marinated grilled meats.

1813 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

3. Ghebre's Restaurant

512 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55104
Sunshine colored lentils help combat the winter doldrums
Ghebre’s/Facebook

Located just across the street from Fasika, this Eritrean restaurant is housed in an airy, open space with live musicians often playing throughout the evening. Order any of their alicha specialties, featuring meat and assorted vegetables simmered in a gingery, turmeric- and berebere-spiced sauce.

512 Snelling Ave
St Paul, MN 55104

4. Fasika Restaurant

510 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104
A wide, round injera is piled with curried lentils, braised goodies, rich sauces, bright greens, creamy sauce and more
Good luck choosing what to eat first
Fasika/Facebook

A long-standing institution in St. Paul, Fasika offers a particularly broad range of options for vegan and vegetarian diners. The best way to sample the largest portion of their menu is by ordering from their combination platters: whether the “Vege Sampler” or the “Ultimate Combination,” each platter comes with over half a dozen dishes served on a large disk of fresh injera.

510 Snelling Ave N
St Paul, MN 55104

5. Demera Restaurant

823 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104
Don’t miss the gomen here
Demera/Facebook

With a vibrant selection of unique cocktails, Demera is the perfect place to raise a glass alongside Ethiopian favorites: freshly fried sambusas served with spicy-sweet honey awaze sauce, a variety of wots (stews), and the house specialty ambasha, a yeasted, slightly sweet skillet-baked bread.

823 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104

6. Nawal Restaurant

1501 Riverwood Dr, Burnsville, MN 55337
Delicious Somali fare in the south metro
Nawal/Facebook

At this Burnsville outpost, order Somalian favorites like chicken suqaar or beef suqaar with rice: tiny cubes of chicken or beef crisped in seasoned oil with sauteed onions and green pepper, served over a choice of aromatic basmati rice or rolls of jabati: a flaky, tender flatbread.

1501 Riverwood Dr
Burnsville, MN 55337

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