Vegan-friendly Ethiopian and Middle Eastern Restaurant in Tempe!

Tucked back in the corner of a strip mall on the campus of Arizona State University, and basking in the shadows of the highly-touted Cafe Lalibela (just down the street) is "the other" Ethiopian restaurant in Tempe, the Juba (formerly Blue Nile Cafe).

In comparison, the Juba does have nicer decor, and an even more romantic setting (in the back room).

In stark contrast, though, is Juba's ultra-Vegan-friendly menu. Besides their Ethiopian delights (which are all Vegan), they offer 9 Vegan salads, 4 Vegan appetizers, and (if you're not in the mood for Ethiopian) a Vegan Falafel Plate, a Vegan Lentil Plate, and Vegan Veggie Plate.

Vegan Ethiopian entrees include:
>Kik Alitcha (Slightly pureed yellow split peas)
>Tikil Gomen (Sliced cabbage with potato chuncks in a curry sauce)
>Misir Watt (Whole lentils simmered in a super-spicy tumeric cumin sauce)
>Kik Misir Watt (Pureed lentils in a berbere sauce)
>Atkilt Watt (String beans, with carrots and potatoes in a tomato sauce)
>Gomen Watt (Collard greens with onions in a garlic sauce)
>Suro Watt (Chickpeas, roasted and cooked in a berbere sauce)
>Begerdan (Eggplant cooked with bell peppers and tomatoes)
>Squash (Yellow squash simmered with tomatoes in a ginger sauce).
>Inguday (Mushrooms simmed with fresh tomatoes in curried sauce).

Pricewise, the Juba is typically a better deal for an entree. Though, they have higher prices on their individual menu items ($6.50-$7.00 vs. $4.75), the portions are also larger; as each watt comes with two side orders.

Added by Steve Carlson on Jul 25 12 (last updated Jul 25 12)

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Located in the strip mall just east of the SE corner of University Dr and Rural Rd.


Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


  • MasterCard Visa


  • Ethiopian/Eritrean
  • Mediterranean


  • Kid-Friendly
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Quiet
  • Romantic


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11am - 9pm
11am - 10pm
11am - 9pm

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