East African Restaurant Row

Horn of Africa
5237 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, in the Vanport Square Plaza

Burqitu East African Restaurant
3939 NE MLK Blvd

Sengatera Ethiopian Restaurant
3833 NE MLK Blvd

Selam Market & Restaurant
3513 NE MLK Blvd

East African Restaurant Row

In the last two months, there has been a ton of activity in the East African restaurant business on NE MLK. It's doubled, and there may well be more in store.

A new ethiopian restaurant?At the corner of NE Russell & Rodney is a new restaurant that it appears the Queen of Sheba folks are involved in. At least, when I chatted with them, they neither confirmed nor denied.

Selam Market & RestaurantSelam Market, previously known as the only place to buy crack baggies for blocks around, is now a restaurant.

Sengatera Ethiopian RestaurantThe cursed location formally known as Aunties' Kitchen is now Sengatera Ethiopian Restaurant.

Burqitu East African Restaurant And the former locale of Horn of Africa is Burqitu, a halal breakfast, lunch & dinner place.

All of the restaurants had heavy, home-made curtains in the windows. None of these have menus or hours posted, so for all I know, they aren't even open yet. But I'll be curious to hear what you think if you visit any of these.


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March 26, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (11)

11 Comments

veronica said:

Wow, this is rad! I can't wait to visit them all!

aa said:

wow, is Burqitu portland's first halal restaurant?

vj Author Profile Page said:

Good question. I really doubt that it is -- the west side has a good-sized muslim population. And there are some businesses -- Mecca Fish & Chips, for example, that I believe are affliated with NOI.

I'll do some research and check back. Thanks!

I am curious what East African breakfast is like...

jd said:

I went to Sengetera recently and it was really good! Obviously pricey compared to Dalo's, but loaded with food and the waiter is one of the most courteous people I've ever encountered.

troy lee said:

Mecca fish and chips has great fun and are very cost friendly.They are with The Nation of Islam.They are known to have great resturants and food around the country

vespabelle said:

We've been to Burqitu a few times. Their veggie platter is vegan and very delicious. I love the beets! And they've got pretty good hot tea too!

mike said:

Ate at Sengatera the other day in the afternoon (since all the other
s were closed then) and though inside it was a bit uninspiring, the food made up for it. For $11 me and my wife ate and we struggled to finish since there was so much food. The quality was also very good and we both enjoyed our midafternoon feast.

Fred Lifton said:

Burquitu is part of the same extended family associated with Horn of Africa. They must have some good gastronomic genes, because their food is spectacular. Horn in particular uses seasonal organic and halal ingredients for an ever-changing menu that is fresh and delicious.

Lexie said:

Oh my gosh. If you try any of these, make it Burquitu. So amazing. they have menus, and real hours posted outside :)

najahshi said:

I have only the greateat dinning experience at this rest. i hope many people see this comment and visit this East African rest.

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