A Request


“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire

Menelik (Paris)

Do you live in or near a city with an Ethiopian or Eritrean restaurant or market? If so, then might you be willing to do me a favor?

I’ve visited hundreds of Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurants and markets in the U.S. and Canada, and at each one, I take a business card to document my visit. I preserve these compact souvenirs on clear vinyl pages in a three-ring binder, 10 cards to a page.

So I wonder: Will you help me by adding to my collection?

Nyala (LA)

Would you be so kind as to gather up some business cards – or even just one – from your community’s Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurants and markets and send them to me? It’ll cost you a postage stamp and an envelope: That, and your journey to the place, is where the kindness of strangers comes in.

I also have a folder of 4″ x 6″ promotional cards that restaurants often print and distribute. So if you should happen to come across any of those with the names of restaurants or markets on them, I welcome them as well.

If you’re willing to help, please e-mail me to let me know where you live, and I’ll tell you whether I have cards from any of the restaurants in your town. I’ve got Chicago, D.C. and New York City pretty well covered, and in researching my book, Mesob Across America: Ethiopian Food in the U.S.A., I visited Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and numerous smaller cities with just one restaurant or maybe two.

But in big cities, new places come and go, and in smaller ones, they can pop up without fanfare. So no matter where you live, if you’d like to help me, please be in touch.

What follows below are some business cards and 4″ x 6″ cards from restaurants and markets around the country and the world. Some of these came to me from friends and readers, and you can click on the images to enlarge them.

I welcome help from visitors to my website in growing my collection. Be in touch, and thanks for reading this.

Soretti’s (Maryland)

New Eritrea (Frisco)


Blue Nile (Michigan)








Tana Ethiopian Cuisine (Pittsburgh, PA)

Duo East African Restaurant (Kansas City, MO)

Mulu Market (Silver Spring, MD)

Ethiopia Restaurant (Berkeley, CA)

Abyssinian Restaurant (Hartford, CT)

Era Restaurant (Philadelphia)

Ras Dashen (Chicago)

Addis Deli (Washington, D.C.)

Red Sea Restaurant (Oakland, CA)



Le Nil Bleu









Addis Ababa Restaurant (Amsterdam)

Asmara Eritrean Restaurant (Portland, ME)

Seleme Market (Falls Church, VA)

Ghenet Restaurant (Brooklyn, NY)

Merkato Restaurant-Market (Los Angeles)

Dire Dawa Grocery (Columbus, OH)

Zigni House Eritrean Restaurant (London)

Lalibela Ethiopian Cuisine (Toronto)

Tabor Ethiopian Restaurant (Baltimore)

of Sheba

Ethiopian House (Toronto)


Walia Restaurant (Maryland)


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