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West African in West Philly

Gabriel Solis | Apr 26, 2001 11:29 PM

Had lunch at Benkady Fatima's on Baltimore between 45th and 46th. It was absolutely fantastic. I have to say, this is without question the most frankly exotic meal I've eaten in Philly, and one of the most exotic I've eaten anywhere. By that I mean the flavors were as new to me and as exciting as any I've had in a long, long time.

I had a dish (I forget the name on the menu) described as an Okra soup with chopped Lamb. It turned out to be utterly unlike what I had expected, but delicious nevertheless. The okra was cooked to the point of disintegrating entirely, leaving behind only its distinctive viscosity. They were out of lamb (I had some trouble communicating with the waitress, but I believe she tried to tell me that they had made it with pig feet that day). The pig foot was nice--gelatinous, for the most part. The whole dish was redolent of palm oil--a food that tastes wonderful, but also like it will kill you if you eat it very often. I can't wait to go back and sample more.

Gabriel

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