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fatou and fama

nittany | Dec 27, 2002 08:47 AM

was headed to bitar's last night with my hubby, his sis and her boyfriend (had never been there, but they were home from school and are vegitarians...and from their site it looked like they had alot of veggie options. they were apparently very slow, so they were closed by the time we got there. we then went to check out nan, also closed, but next door was fatou and fama and it was byob (we had brought wine for bitar's) so we figured why not?

The menu has divided into a few sections: sandwiches, african food, soul food, west indian food and vegitarian. All dishes came with your choice of sides (their were about 10 to pick from)...that seemed to mostly go with the soul food dishes. They also supposedly have a soul food buffet in the back room, but it was closed when we were there.

The place looks very plain, like a diner. they did play some soft african music (which was nice) and there was some handmade artwork and trinkets for sale. The food was not fancy but it was very tasty. the two vegetarians had the only 2 vegitarian dishes, peanut butter vegtables and curry vegtables, they were each 9.95 and came with rice and beans and a side dish (one got plantains in hot sauce the other a garden salad), they loved their food (i snuck a taste of the peanut butter one and the sauce was fantastic), and it was in very large portions.

I had the whole red snapper (from the west indian section), it was a little dry, but pretty tasty served with a stewed tomatoe onion sauce and served with rice and beans and 2 sides (i had homade mac and cheese and string beans with turkey, and they were both wonderful) - 11.95. Hubby had a dish called mechoui from the african section (roasted lamb 10.95). It was served with a garden salad and your choice of starch (he had the planains - and i ate all of them :)) they lamb was a little fatty, but very tender (they also serve it in a peanut sauce, which we will try next time :).

Overall the food was tasty home cooking (and plenty of it). The servers were freindly, although they had a slightly hard time with english. It's definately worth a try if you are in the area.

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