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Cafe Lalibela Top 100

No one lives in Tempe for long without hearing, "You've got to try Cafe Lalibela." The husband-and-wife-run Ethiopian restaurant has occupied a strip mall suite for decades, and given that its foods are starting to appear as local items in area grocery stores, it's only getting easier to sample the offerings of Cafe Lalibela's menu. Serving some of the best African food in all of metropolitan Phoenix, the eatery specializes in vegetarian dishes (though several meat items are on the menu) and is known for teaching many an Arizona State University student about the importance of injera and wat. Injera, or a crepe-like sourdough bread made with teff, is served with most orders. And wait till you try this wat. The Ethiopian stew comes spicy or not, meatless or not, but we recommend the key sega wat (spicy beef stew). Do not fear, possibly unadventurous eaters: The menu comes with a glossary. New Normal: Seating is limited inside, but Cafe Lalibela offers curbside pickup and no-contact delivery.
Timur Guseynov
Details
  • Price: $$
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 12-10 p.m.; Sunday 12-9 p.m.
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Parking: Lot available
  • Extra Services: Catering, Private-group dining
  • Takeout:
  • Delivery: