T’s Place in Longfellow

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Editor’s Note: T’s Place is now closed.

T’s Place offers a fusion menu of Singaporean-Ethiopian food and is a truly multidimensional place, serving as bar, African restaurant and community events center, depending on the day of week or time of night. Entrees are big (two entrees will serve three people) and prepared with real care; fans of northeast African food will dig the subtle seasoning and tasty injera (sponge-bread) that is served with most meals.

Western-style minimalist decor and interior design belie the soulfulness of the food that’s served up at T’s Place, which does an unusually good job of making an exotic food concept accessible and comfortable for newcomers.

BEST BET: Roti Prata ($7.95) is a flatbread with vegetable curry sauce that makes for a marvelous appetizer experience, split two or three ways. Tibs Firfir ($11.99) is, quoting the menu, “cubes of lamb or beef cooked with onions, garlic, tomatoes and jalapenos, sauteed with pure clarified butter, tossed with small pieces of injera.” Delicious stuff.

T’s Place
Ethiopian-Singaporean in Longfellow
2713 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
OWNER & CHEF: Tee Belachew
HOURS: Daily 11:30am – 11pm (bar open until 2am)
BAR: Full
ENTREE RANGE: ($10-20)

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  1. HazelStone 03/25/2009 Reply

    Great food and a really relaxing atmosphere.

  2. great food, very relaxed atmosphere. i think ethiopian food paired with guiness (on tap at T’s) is one of the world’s best undiscovered duos. and i second the roti prata as best bet…it’s the can’t-miss appetizer of the neighborhood.

  3. HazelStone 03/26/2009 Reply

    I should have mentioned this earlier, but the veggie combo is DYNAMITE!

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