Blue Nile Cafe

Restaurant
13316 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66213 13316 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park Directions
+19138976100
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94% of 395 customers recommended
This place is closed.

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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Cafe, African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Cuisine
    Cafe, African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian
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  • Delivery
    No
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
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131 Tips
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Report | 2 days ago
Come hungry!
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Report | 4 days ago
Great flavors and wonderful service
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Report | 14 days ago
Wonderful food experience-But you must look into it before you Leap it in your mouth ;)
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Report | 13 days ago
The sampler was great, and so were the sambusas. Best gluten free chocolate cake I've ever had!
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Report | 13 days ago
The sambusa was amazing! Really good food!
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Report | 12 days ago
service was a little slow, but very good food!
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Report | 12 days ago
We had the appetizers and platter experience for four. The four of us were large and hungry men who ate to our hearts' contentment. We still had tons of leftovers. Highly recommended.
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Report | 13 days ago
Try the ginger juice! It's spicy but sweet! I loved it!
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Report | 14 days ago
Good. Would go back for sure. Nothing was even close to disappointing. Try the "vacuum" coffee.
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Report | 12 days ago
Took awhile for food to come out, but it was tasty. Good flavors. A little spicy.
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From Our Editors

Daniel and Selam Fikru, now husband and wife, met when they were high-school students in their native Ethiopia. They've lived in Kansas City since 1995, and together, they've helped a large following of locals try their first tastes of Ethiopian food and subsequently fall in love with its rich, distinctive spices.

The couple's traditional recipes have earned their restaurant, Blue Nile Cafe, a recommendation from KCUR FM’s Food Critics, a place on LocalEats’ Top 100 Restaurants in Kansas City list, and attention from Pitch. But their success over the past two decades hasn’t come without hard work. According to a profile by the Kansas City Star, Selam is in the kitchen by early morning six days a week, simmering meats and lentils in a medley of ginger, garlic, and rosemary. Selam’s labors yield a bounty of entrees—served atop communal platters—featuring marinated chicken and cubes of beef or lamb, as well as vegetarian feasts of lentils, potatoes, and greens. Diners scoop up dishes with pieces of injera, which is a spongy sourdough pancake.

In the dining room, cream-colored walls bear colorful paintings that remind diners of their meals' distant origins. For an additional taste of Ethiopian culture, guests can partake in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony wherein staffers roast, grind, and brew fresh coffee to order. Guests can otherwise opt for refreshing glasses of wine out on the patio.

In addition to welcoming guests into the dining room, Blue Nile Cafe invites them into the kitchen during classes that guide students in preparing injera and other traditional dishes. The restaurant also equips pupils with spices and grains for simmering over their own trashcan fires.


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