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Chicago's First Ghanaian Restaurant, New Somali Restaurant, Le Village closed

John Beadle | Aug 17, 2003 11:35 AM

Diana's African Restaurant
4409 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
773-271-6000

The family & I were in Chicago Friday and stopped by this tiny diner (6-7 tables). Diana's turns out to be Chicago's first Ghanaian restaurant, & offers extremely casual ambiance and dishes like Banku, Kenkey (steamed dumplings made from fermented cornmeal), Diehou (some sort of steamed dumpling served with sauce) and Watchey (black-eyed peas & rice). Ewedu, Egusi and Okra soups sound similar to offerings at Chicago's Nigerian restaurants. Unfortunately, we were unable to find out how Diana's renditions differ from the Nigerian versions, because by the time we got there (8 p.m.) they were all out. Jolloff Rice and Palmnut Soup were the only menu items still available. The Palmnut Soup was excellent, combining stockfish and extremely tender chunks of bone-in goat meat with a complex, creamy sauce. We had it with two versions of fufu - plantain & Banku, whih is made from fermented corn meal. The Jolloff Rice was served with large pieces of goat meat and fried fish, with tomato sauce ladled over the top. We're looking forward to future visits to Diana's, and further adventures in this little-known cuisine.

East African Restaurant
6258 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL
773-465-5760

The sign outside advertises "African & Mexican Food," but this turns out to be Chicago's newset Somali restaurant. I popped in & asked for a carry-out menu, but the proprietress told me that as they'd just opened, none were avaiable. Someone like to drop by and give us a more complete report? This restaurant apparently has no connection with the East African Restaurant & Internet Café (5959 N. Broadway) several blocks away.

Le Village, Chicago's only Senegalese restaurant (4754 N. Broadway) has closed.

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