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The New Benachin and few new finds

Tom | Feb 12, 200310:20 AM

A poster below mentioned that Benachin had moved to the French Quarter. That news was a great relief to me having seen their former place boarded up on Carrollton. For those interested in the fare of West Africa, I can report that the new digs for Benachin are down right wonderful, and the food remains a real treat. Next to Mona Lisa on Royal, the new location has exposed brick walls and festive seating and tables. They still play entertaining tunes from Camaroon and elsewhere. And the domoda (peanut stew with beef or chicken), sauteed spinach, fried platanos, and coconut rice never fail to please. I hear that its a favorite with vegetarians, and I only hope that it thrives in its new location. As an added plus, its byob.

I have also recently hit Boswell's Jamaican restaurant on Broad, between Canal and Banks. Word seems to be spreading quickly that its jerked and curried dishes are not only flavorful but also moderately priced. Don't miss the meat pies, with a flacky dough laced with tumeric. Try the ginger soda to wash it all down.

Lastly, as I mentioned in a post below, Clementine's Belgian Bistro is worth a trip to the West Bank, if you're not there already. I have only been for lunch, and have not yet tried their famed mussels. But the Belgian meatballs and beef stew were hearty, the twiced cooked fries devine, and the mayos (garlic and chili spiced) will convince you to leave the ketchup for McDonald's. This weekend, I'll dive into the 4 different mussel offerings.

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