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Aug 2, 2010 03:53 AM

African food in Chicago

My boyfriend and I were born in east africa and are new to chicago. I'd like to take him to an African restaurant that does food from east, west or southern Africa i.e not north Africa! Anywhere that does local food would be great -things like ugali and its regional equivalents! I heard there was a decent place in or near Roger's Park, I think it was called African Harambee,but I have been advised this place may have closed down.

Thanks for your help x

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  1. African Harambee has become Ethiopian Diamond II (it was owned by the same people). There was also an Eritrean restaurant in RP that recently closed (as did Cafe Senegal). Here are a few other names to get you started:

    Ras Dashen (ethiopian)
    Ethiopian Diamond
    Laibella (ethiopian)
    Demera (ethiopian)
    Blue Nile (ethiopian)
    Banadir (somali)
    Mogadishu (somali)

    Palace Gate (ghanan)
    Bolat (nigerian)
    Inyaze (west African)
    Qaato (nigerian)
    Le Conkary (guinean and ivory coast)
    Yassa (senegalese)
    Nigerian Kitchen
    Mama Osa (nigerian)
    TBS African (nigerian)
    Vee Vee's (nigerian and west African)

    Ras Dashen is my favorite Ethiopian restaurant and Banadir is good for Somali cuisine. Cafe Asmera was an interesting Eritrean place, but I heard it has closed.

    Ras Dashen Ethiopian
    5844 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60660

    Tbs African Restaurant
    4507 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640

    Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant
    6120 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60660

    Vee Vee African Restaurant
    6232 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60660

    Nigerian Kitchen
    1363 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

    Yassa African & Caribbean
    716 E 79th St, Chicago, IL 60619

    African Harambee Restaurant
    7537 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626

    Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
    4801 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

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    1. re: Roger Spark

      oops, I mispelled Lalibela and Mogadishu is also spelled Muqdisho.

    2. not sure what side of town you're on, but there are a few on the southside as well. off the top of my head, yassa on 75th street comes to mind, and there's another called sunugal. is a great resource for international food in and around the city.

      1. what a lot to try!! thanks for your help. ethiopian diamond sounds interesting. thanks x