|The vegetarian combo platter at Blue Nile Market and Cafe|
This week, I return to one of my favorite dining destinations in St. Louis -- Jeffrey Plaza, a homely strip mall at Olive Boulevard and I-170 -- to try the Ethiopian restaurant Blue Nile Market and Café
. Follow me after the jump for a sneak preview of my review.
Blue Nile is very modest and very casual. The smiling person who invites you to have a seat is as likely to be one of the regular customers as the owner, who might be taking an order, helping in the kitchen or ringing up a sale in the market. Over the course of my visits, I think I saw most of these regulars as they sat eating or sipping coffee (from a coffee bar that appears to double as the restaurant's business office), chatting with one another or watching the satellite news from Ethiopia (lots of sun forecast for Addis Ababa).
Visit the RFT restaurant page
late tomorrow afternoon or check back here Wednesday morning to see what I think.
8615 Olive Blvd., University City, MO