Tina's Ethiopian Cafe

Cooper Marketplace

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In a Nutshell

  • Selection of wat dishes
  • Traditional décor
  • Choice of bread or sides
  • BYOB

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Promotional value expires Feb 21, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

When prepared authentically, a country's cuisine is loaded with history and devoid of off-center designer logos. Partake of the genuine article with today's Groupon: for $13, you get an Ethiopian dinner for two (a $27 value) at Tina's Ethiopian Cafe in Gilbert. The dinner for two includes:

  • Two house wat combos
  • Two soft drinks or hot or iced Ethiopian teas

The menu at Tina's Ethiopian Cafe overflows with authentic East African fare. In a dining room festooned with tourism posters and cultural decorations, customers feast upon the house wat combo, a platter containing a combination of the menu's many wat entrees, such as Yedoro wat—small pieces of chicken cooked with moderately-spiced sauces—or the Kik wat—an unspiced concoction of yellow split peas and herbs lightly simmered. Each dish arrives at tables piping hot alongside a choice of injera—an Ethiopian bread—Nashe's ugali, or David's rice. As a BYOB establishment, Tina's Ethiopian Cafe encourages patrons to bring their own choice of alcoholic beverage, but to leave their alcoholic pets at the door.

Tina's Ethiopian Cafe

Tina says her restaurant is her second home, a feeling that grew during the days when she ran the entire kitchen alone and worked to make every guest feel like they "had been invited to her home for a dinner party," according to azcentral.com in 2007. For each platter of food set before her houseguests, Tina draws culinary inspiration from her childhood in Ethiopia, using sense memory to season simmering pots of lentils, grilled beef, and herb-crusted chicken. Instead of silverware or miniature loading cranes, Tina serves each meal with an accompanying basket of traditional injera, a tasty, spongy Ethiopian bread that allows diners to scoop out each sauce-laden bite without the need for silver-, gold-, or bronze-ware.

Customer Reviews

Tina is super nice. :)
Peri W. · June 23, 2012
Tina, we have enjoyed the new Coke samples you gave us (not to mention the "left-overs" you boxed for us). We'll see you again sometime in May!
Monroe K. · April 1, 2012
My Sister and I really the meal enjoyed at your cafe. You are a wonderful, lovely, delightful and talented lady, Tina. Thank you for making our introduction to Ethiopian food such a memorable one. We will be back!
Laurie H. · March 23, 2012
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    Cooper Marketplace

    785 W Warner Rd.

    Suite 103

    Gilbert, Arizona 85233

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