East Village Grill: A taste of culture

Are you getting sick of the deli? Not a huge fan of chicken nugget day? It is time to take a step out of your comfort zone and into our very own Elliot Park community.

East Village Grill is located right next to an NCU favorite, Segue Café. It is a Somali restaurant filled with great meal options. From traditional meal choices, to cheeseburgers and fries (if you’re not the adventurous type) the food is phenomenal. Their gyros is especially popular, because they are reasonably priced ($5-$10) and fresh.

“The food is delicious and very filling.” Photo by Samantha Bergum.

After dining there for the first time, I was extremely impressed and will definitely being going back. The food is delicious and very filling. I ordered a chicken and gyro combo, it came with a salad and the meat sautéed in different Somali spices with fresh vegetables and rice. The atmosphere is relaxing and chill. Almost all of the entrees were $12.99, also to note water is not free.

“No one spoke loudly; it was as if everyone only talked to one another in a very faint whisper, it was very relaxing.” Photo by Samantha Bergum.

When I entered, I was not sure what it would be like as I have never eaten at this restaurant before. I felt very welcomed as one of the workers kindly smiled and brought us to a seat. They start you off with a drink of your choice and a banana, a unique appetizer, I am not sure why they chose this, but it was very fresh and delicious.

“Their gyro is especially popular, because they are very reasonable ($5-$10) and fresh.” Photo by Samantha Bergum.

They brought us our food fairly quickly and as we ate, we simply observed. No one spoke loudly; it was as if everyone only talked to one another in a very faint whisper. It seemed to be a spot for casual meals, meetings, and even prayer.

“It seemed to be a spot for casual meals, meetings, and even prayer.” Photo by Samantha Bergum.

As I was paying my bill and talking to one of the managers, he asked if I went to “the school down the street” I said I did and asked if he sees a lot of students in here through the week. He says he sees some, but would love to see more. He joked that he should wear a shirt that says East Village Grill to promote his business. I told him I would put in a good word for him.

I encourage you as NCU students to step out of the usual. Instead of getting Chipotle try something new, and experience a new culture. These are the people that live in our backyard, they are our community.

The workers and customers are all kind, welcoming and want to get to know NCU students. Take a break from the cafeteria, and taste a new culture.

About the author: Samantha Bergum

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