Flamingo Restaurant


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Tender cubes of beef, lamb, and veggies simmered in herb butter and served with rice and spongy injera amid African artwork

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Flamingo Restaurant

The aroma of simmering lamb and curried vegetables wafts from Flamingo Restaurant’s kitchen, where owners Shegitu Kebede and Frewoini Haile ladle hearty meat stews onto spongy disks of injera. The duo’s traditional East African cuisine has been lauded by the Star Tribune as “flavorful and lovingly prepared.”

But Ms. Kebede’s and Ms. Haile’s passion for African cuisine is not the only bond they share: both women embarked on a dangerous escape from their respective war-ravaged countries, Ethiopia and Eritrea. As reported by MPR News, the refugees fled Africa on foot, alone, dodging rebels and government armies en route to freedom.

Once in the United States, Ms. Kebede and Ms. Haile joined forces to rebuild their lives and preserve their cultural identities. The result is Flamingo Restaurant. There, traditional African art adorns the walls, and imported African spices flavor the owners’ family recipes. Both women are always on hand to greet guests with a smile or conduct a tableside primer on their favorite dishes. Says Kebede, "We want people to see that, even though your countries fight [for] over 35 years, you can still be friends."

Customer Reviews

Thanks for a delicious meal. It would be nice to have a glass of wine with dinner if you are able to get a wine licence.
Kurt S. · November 4, 2012
Chicken was a little on the dry side, but service was excellent & portions were generous!
Kimberly S. · November 2, 2012
Keep up the great food and friendly environment.
Brett T. · October 29, 2012
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    490 Syndicate St N

    Saint Paul, MN 55104


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