East Africa Restaurant: My Somali Breakfast

February 19 2007 - 1:19 PM

It’s nice being off on President’s Day. So what to do for breakfast? With M. Henry just down the street on Clark what should I do? Get my car washed and have some Somali food. As my car filled up with gas at the Marathon station I noticed, as I’ve noticed for a long time, East Africa Restaurant and decided on a quick bite.

They make no effort to hide the nature of the spot. It’s a cabbie place and to be honest they seemed surprised to see me stay to eat. It’s not a pretty restaurant. But the food is pretty cheap, the menu is sparse and the decor consists of a pool table that is covered with plaster and a computer for internet access.

The Hispanic waitress tried to explain the breakfast options including
a honey and syrup pancake but I ended up getting the foul (fah-ool or
fool) which is a chili-like dish made of fava beans and in this case
potato, onion and other spices. The pancakes which were described as
tortillas were exactly like injera pancakes I’ve had at Ethiopian
restaurants. You ate the dish with your hands and it tasted pretty good.

I suppose if you’re in the mood for a quick snack it’s definitely
interesting. East Africa Restaurant is cabbie eats and that’s not a bad

East Africa Restaurant
5959 N. Broadway