Date: August, 29, 2007
Times Visited: 1
Dalo’s Kitchen is at the top of every Portland Cheap Eats guide for excellent reason – it is! For $8.99, two vegans can comfortably stuff themselves on the vegetable plate Go with a group of 5-6 and you could share 2 platters! Located in the OAME building in North Portland, Dalo’s consists of both a casual restaurant, where you could almost believe you’re sitting in a church’s recreation room with the seating, and a side bar. I recently had my second, fulfilling experience in Ethiopian food there at a friend’s recommendation. The vegetable plate is all vegan, and features four dishes served on a giant piece of injera. For the uninitiated, injera is a flat, slightly spongy and sour thin pancake made from fermented teff flour, and it is traditionally gluten free. If you haven’t had Ethiopian before, the simple fact that you get to eat with your hands should be reason enough to experience it. Tear off a piece of injera, scoop up some food, and away you go.
Ethiopian food is big on lentils, and while eating it, I found myself thinking that this cuisine is truly the best way to spice and savor them. My favorite parts of the vegetable plate at Dalo’s are both lentil components: the misir wot, a spicy lentil dish and the misir alitcha, a milder curry lentil concoction. The other two components are gomen, which is tangy greens, and atkilt wot, a cabbage, carrot and potato dish. Dalo’s gomen is made with spinach as opposed to the more traditional collard greens, and is nice and light. The misir wot was the first dish that my dining companion and I devoured out of all four. I thought the spice was spot on and just hot enough that I wasn’t too frustrated about my water not being refilled. The misir alitcha was creamy and the cabbage medley was tastier than I’d expected, being at room temperature. It didn’t look like my type of dish, but I liked it. Please note that it is also possible to substitute a small salad (specify vegan, as the greek style salad on the menu includes cheese) for one of the 4 dishes.
One of a growing number of Ethiopian restaurants in Portland, Dalo’s is freaking cheap and freaking good. The end.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Address: 4134 N Vancouver Ave # 207 Portland, OR 97217
The actual street entrance and outdoor seating is on N Williams between N Skidmore and N Mason.
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.