Blue Nile Cafe

Restaurant
13316 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66213 13316 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park Directions
+19138976100
This place has not been rated by customers.
94% of 431 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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153 Tips
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Report | 5 days ago
This is the best food is KC! The spices and flavors are from heaven. I am vegan and was thrilled at all of the vegan entrees. My hubby and son do the meat dishes and love every one of them. We have started going to their lunch buffet a couple of times a month and look forward to those special days. REAL food made with love!
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Report | 6 days ago
Pricey, but tasty.
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Report | 14 days ago
Top food!!!
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Report | a month ago
Hands down the best meal I've had in KC!
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Report | 2 months ago
They have updated the restaurant - it is a delightful experience with good food, ambiance, and pleasant wait staff Recommended as a wonderful evening of good food- great quiet place for friends to visit and enjoy-
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Report | 3 months ago
Great service Good atmosphere And very good food
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Report | 4 months ago
Try the honey wine and ginger drink!
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Report | 4 months ago
Great food
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Report | 4 months ago
Great food Great waitstaff Comfy atmosphere Fun
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Report | 5 months ago
Come hungry!
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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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