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St. Louis - Nigerian - Fatima's/Lake of Ozarks

kbear | Jun 19, 2002 05:18 PM

I am so happy to be back from the Lake of the Ozarks, back in the land of decent food at last. Never, I mean never, eat at Lodge of 4 Seasons - blech. I did find ONE good restaurant at the Lake - Andre's, close to Four Seasons and Country Club. Excellent outdoor view, great service and the food was quite fine, especially for the price. We had SUSHI!!!! and it wasn't half bad. It is a romantic little place that I highly recommend if you have to eat in the area. Don't know about kid friendly, but the prices were very reasonable.

Two weeks ago my eating club dined at Fatima's in the U.City Food Market. This is a Nigerian place. It was surprisingly busy - lots of people happily munching away throughout the area on Fatima's wares. We ordered at the counter, paid, and took the food outside, because it was a beautiful evening. As a result, we had great people watching and one guy even provided music via a boom box. Nothing like eating to the tune of Shaft with a nut dancing around the box.

The meat pie - a flaky pastry covering a lovely filling of beef and who knows what else, was compared (favorably) to a Taco Bell burrito. The rice dish was made with brown rice, broccoli stalk and heads, carrots, red pepper, perfect and fresh rock shrimp and peas. It has a creamy light broth to blend and was just ever so slightly spicy. One diner said it was the best rice dish she'd ever had. The kebab was healthy beef chunks, onion and tomato. For the most part it, too, was slightly spicy and perfectly cooked through but still tender, although there were a few pieces that were gristly and tough. The macaroni dish was bound with a creamy but not cheesy sauce and contained broccoli bits, carrots and onions. The Bean dish was unusual - crowder or black eye peas that were dry with a sweet overture - not spicy. They bordered on being bland if there were no sweetness. The roasted chicken legs were pronounced "best ever" - tender meat with a tame appearance which bellied the nice kick they delivered. Everyone raved about the food.

Someone who did not attend dinner asked me to compare Nigerian food with some other cuisine. I am unable to do so, as my range (and St. Louis's) is very limited. The closest thing I could compare it to would be Carribean.

Unfortunately, we were limited to what was already cooked and sitting in the display window. All present agreed that we wished Fatima would get a bunch of cash and open a sit-down restaurant with a full kitchen. Hopefully, if we keep going back, she'll be able to do this.

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