West African food?
My wife and I will be visiting family and friends in DC and Baltimore in early April and I am wondering if there are any places to find decent West African dishes. I lived there years ago with the Peace Corps and would like to introduce my wife to Yassa Poulet ( Senegalese) or a good peanut sauce (Mafi Tiga from Guinea). We live in Philly and so far all I have found has been some Ethiopian places and a fun hole in the wall that sell toh from Nigeria.
I've had good experiences at Weyone in the back of Landmark Mall but that was over a year ago. They had some Ghana dishes that were as good as I remember from a trip to Ghana 8 months earlier. All in all, I preferred their Jamaican dishes. Definitely worth a scouting trip. On weekends, it used to turn into a nightclub for the older (40+) set. You might want to call ahead and make sure the appropriate chef will be in the kitchen when you visit.
Unfortunately, I heard reports that my favorite place, Chez Auntie Libe, closed down. Now the only places I know of are Ghanaian, Sierra Leonean (Sumah's), and Cameroonian (Roger Miller's in Silver Spring). They have Yassa Poulet at Bukom Cafe in Adams Morgan. I haven't been there in years. Sumah's, a true hole-in-the-wall, makes a peanut sauce.
Then there is the decidedly third-world Akosombo. Ghanaian food. This is a truly hidden restaurant that only taxicab drivers know about and is unmarked. You are served from a steam table into a styrofoam container. They have tables. This place has actually been fixed up, though it's impossible to tell if you have not been before. 613 K St., NW. It will look closed from the outside, but you should see cabs parked in front. The whole fish swimming in red sauce, the black eyed peas, and the plantains are the things to get. Is mostly a lunch spot.