I’ve hand-picked only 5 African restaurants, run mostly by authentic, ethnic owners in the North, Central and Southern Cali, but there are many more. So read on and please, share with us anymore places we should know about!
Bissap Baobab, San Francisco
As the African Baobab tree is a symbol of life, community, and culture, Bissap Baobab has a laid back, yet distinctly cosmopolitan, worldly vibe which upholds the concept of an African village. This Senegalese restaurant serves an array of West African spiced lamb, seafood and chicken dishes. Try one of their homemade drinks, signature cocktails or beers from all over the world too. Also keep an eye out for their special events: from DJs to live music and dance performances; to French language and World Cup meet-ups; to independent film screenings; art exhibitions; spoken word and poetry.
Amawele's South African Kitchen, San Francisco
Radio African kitchen, San Francisco
A while back, Ethiopia had very few places to hear popular music and sports. In fact maybe one house per neighborhood had a radio. And this is where kids would gather to listen to soccer matches and music, all the while sharing laughter, conversation and snacks. With fond memories like these, owner and chef, Eskender Aseged, named his restaurant radio African kitchen. His Bay area restaurant boasts dishes that he created after being inspired by great chefs he worked with in the USA and also from the tastes of his African roots. A healthy alternative, dishes are infused with a wide range of organic vegetables, greens, grains, nuts, wild fish, shellfish and fruit, accompanied by fine herbs and spices.
Veronica's kitchen (Fufu Land), Los Angeles
This Nigerian restaurant is the real thing! A small, very friendly, simple-looking spot in Inglewood where you can make small talk with the owner, Veronica.
Whether you’re from the motherland or new to Nigerian cuisine, Yelp reviews of this place have been off the roof. If you have never tasted jollof rice, fufu or moi-moi then you will just have to visit this place to find out what they are!
No website available but take a look at their Yelp reviews.
Mozambique, Laguna and Newport beach
For a fine dining experience try Mozambique located on the beachfront. Offering a irresistible fusion of fresh local seafood, steaks and Mozambique spices, you can enjoy the sea air while sipping on a glass of local or renowned South African wine (Meerlust, Kanonkop, Rust en Vrede to name a few!). Pair this with a dish of Peri-peri chicken livers, Durban lamb curry, and oh, how can we forget the prawns!
Keep an eye on their website for live music nights too.
Cape Town, San Diego