Portland has a number of popular Ethiopian restaurants, and one favorite is the Queen of Sheba (2413 NE M. L. King Blvd., 503/287-6302, 5–10 p.m. Sun.–Wed., noon–3 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., $8–15). Meals are served family-style and typically feature platters of highly spiced, stewed, or grilled meats and vegetables, which are scooped up with house-made injera, a slightly sour-tasting griddle bread. Vegetarian dishes are among the most tempting, including braised lentils with mustard greens and okra.
Pan-African cooking is the specialty of Afrique Bistro (102 NE Russell St., 503/943-6616, 5–10 p.m. Thurs.–Mon., $12–15), with a menu that covers Moroccan, Ethiopian, sub-Saharan, and southern African cooking. The ambitious menu is always well prepared and compelling, and the handsome dining room is decorated with African art.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel