Just moved here from Africa? The center of Philadelphia’s Ethiopian, Senegalese, Malian and many other African communities, West Philly boasts a plethora of African restaurants that will have you feeling right at home.
Restaurant: Le Baobob
Location: 5353 Woodland Ave.
Dish: Gigot, $12
It’s a bit of a trek, but well worth it for this West African joint, which dishes up traditional food from Burkina Faso, Mali and Côte D’Ivoire. For lamb fans, don’t miss the gigot, a tender lamb shank served with a savory onion sauce. So fetch!
Restaurant: Kaffa Crossing
Location: 4423 Chestnut St.
Dish: Quanta FirFir, $9
A hybrid funky–as–hell coffee shop and Ethiopian restaurant, Kaffa Crossing is a destination not just for Ethiopian cuisine aficionados but fair trade coffee lovers, vegans, cool moms and local art fans alike.
Restaurant: Queen of Sheba
Location: 4511 Baltimore Ave.
Dish: Vegetable Alicha, $9
Located on Baltimore Avenue, Queen of Sheba is a fun little dive bar and Ethiopian restaurant. Vegetarians should check out the veggie Alicha-–Injera bread served with pottages, carrots, lentils and potatoes. The karaoke on Thursdays is definitely not social suicide.
Location: 4317 Chestnut St.
Dish: Yassa Fish, $13
One trip to Kilimandjaro, a West Philly favorite, is enough to make anyone a lifelong Senegalese food fan. The Yassa Fish is out of this world — a whole fish, crispy on the outside, perfectly tender inside, with a bangin’ lemon, pepper, garlic, carrot and onion sauce.
Check out our full review of Kilimandjaro here.