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Downtown Cleveland West African soul food - awesome find

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Downtown Cleveland West African soul food - awesome find

stgrove | Jun 30, 2012 10:59 AM

Had lunch this week at what might best be described as a West African soul food place in the food court in the Arcade on Euclid across from E 6th Street, downtown.

They've got an eclectic menu--west African stews and soups and dishes plus it looks like faux meat too. I'm calling it soul food though because it really does seem to be cooked and served w. love. And to me, that's a good thing.

We tried a few things: Curried plantains over rice. Served over rice w. excellent greens and cornbread muffin. Plantains were cooked w. maybe peppers and tomatoes (maybe okra? not sure). Not spicy (though it looked like they had hot sauce on offer too) but complex flavor--not a one-note curry powder thing. Nicely cooked greens, w. extra pot likker. Corn muffin was in the cornbread mode rather than fluffy sweet corncake style.

Groundnut stew--kindof a peanutbuttery soup w. veggies (again, maybe peppers and okra?). Generous Thick, a little bit spicy, also served w. corn muffin.

The menu's a little scattered, so may have some misses, but based on what I've tried I'd say worth exploring. If you try them, report back and let us know what's worth eating or missing!

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