Good food and beer!
A friend from out of town and I went to the Blue Nile for a late dinner--I appreciate that they are open until 10 on a Wednesday! This was my first time at this restaurant. They have some very good tap beers available featuring several Surly and Bell beers. My friend is Vegan and was pleased to see that there were 8 vegetarian items on the menu, and our server verified with the kitchen that 6 could be prepared Vegan. Unfortunately, a bit got lost in the translation and her order still came with a dollop of sour cream on the bread, but it was easy enough to remove and set aside and she said the rest of her meal was excellent. I ordered the Qurxummii, which is a shrimp and vegetable stir-fry served with lightly spiced rice. The sauce was very flavorful but mild (if you are hesitant about trying Ethiopian food, this is a fairly innocuous dish). My only complaint was the vegetables were pretty soft--they looked like a mix from the frozen food section rather than fresh. The service could be classified as a bit on the slow side, but I was there to catch up with my friend and we were too busy talking for the slowness to bother me. So if you are looking for a nice relaxing meal, this is a good choice! They had adequate parking in the lot on Franklin and Minnehaha. The booths were a bit shabby, but overall the decor was nice. We were there on Valentine's Day and pretty much everyone else in the place was couples, and the staff had spaced everyone out nicely for privacy. Overall the food was very interesting and quite tasty. There were definitely more items on the menu I want to try, so I'll be back!
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