You could drive past this cafe a dozen times without realizing that the place serves African food — much less hard-to-find Eritrean breakfast dishes and gluten-free pizza. Viewed from the street, the restaurant could pass for any nondescript sports bar. But chef-owner Asmerom Ghebremicael’s food — a mix of traditional Eritrean cuisine and American standards like pizza and burgers — is worth seeking out. The traditional African dishes, served with a choice of house-made injera or rice, are solid enough. And the pizza, especially the potato and pesto pie, is surprisingly good. But perhaps the most interesting meal to eat at MLK Cafe is breakfast: The kitcha fit-fit (spicy, chewy balls of house-made dough) and the Eritrean-style “frittata” (a plate of light, super-juicy scrambled eggs) make a spectacular introduction to the breakfast foods of East Africa.
Hours: Sun.-Thu. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-midnight
Payment Type: Cash, all major credit cards
Gluten-free options available.