There is a great injustice in the dining scene in the Twin Cities (and I am sure in many other cities). Restaurants like Fhima and Zelo pack people in and charge them high prices and serve mediocre food. I get even more exasperated about the "upscale chains" like Cheesecake Factory and Macaroni Grill that have two hour waits, and the food is totally undistinguished.
And then there is the case of Asase Yaa. Many of you have probably not heard of it. Judging by the crowd last Wednesday night, my guess is very few people in the Twin Cities have heard of it. My friend and I were the only ones in the restaurant. Granted it is in a slightly obscure location -- on a quiet block of Bryant and 29th. But it is not just the location. I think a place that promises Ghanan food and a juice bar does not have the same selling appeal as a place in a mall with a 15-page menu, huge portions, AND cheesecake for dessert.
Unfortunate. This mellow cafe serves some delicious home cooked fare. We shared a hearty peanut and chicken soup and a spicy spinach stew on rice. Both dishes were excellent. Also, I had a great fresh squeezed apple, lemon, and ginger juice. Probably not very autentically Ghanan, but also great.
While I was there I couldn't help but think about how unfair it is that a place that serves such good, home-cooked food at very reasonable prices (entrees were around $6) was so empty. And how at the same time people were waiting two hours for a mediocre burger at Champp's. I think this explains how Applebee's nabbed the "Best Neighborhood Restaurant" award in MSP magazine.