Finally, a West African restaurant in Frederick. A Liberian one at that! Ha!
Ya’ll, for the longest I have been saying Frederick needs an African restaurant and my prayers have been answered. Le-Mandingue African Restaurant & Grill recently opened a few months prior.
On a lovely Saturday afternoon stuck in a cubicle, I posted a status asking where the African restaurants are in Frederick because….as far as I know there were none and it was needed — badly. I was answered. And on my mission I went.
Located behind Rita’s, Le-Mandingue African Restaurant & Grill is a quaint dining and carryout establishment with a couple flat screen TVs and small tables for steady traffic. Upon entering I was met by a young lady at the counter who readily answered my million questions and recognized my eager voice from on the phone (yes I called before I arrived).
I am Liberian-American. We are the best cooks on the West African coast. (Go run and tell that — it is law.)
So you can imagine my excitement.
As a first time customer, I ordered an entree for myself and my Dad because, well, he can eat. I ordered the Attieke dish that consists of fried tilapia (fish), couscous (a type of grain), fried plantains, and various sauces including the infamous Liberian pepper sauce. Beware, it is more than hot. The dish was about $12 – comparatively cheaper than the notorious Southwest Philly spot (it’s like $20 a plate).
I also ordered potato greens, a stew from a leaf that you eat with rice and cook with various meats – chicken, ham hocks, etc. It was made traditionally well just like the o’ Ma (old Ma) makes it. My parents loved it, each bowl was $12 and could feed two people or last two meals, whichever shoe fits.
The restaurant offers a full menu of Liberian plates from cassava leaf (stew) to kala (donuts). And I will be trying all of them…shortly. Just wait on it.
In short, the food was bomb.
They close at 10 PM on a Monday night and you gotta order before 9:30 PM. Love it. That’s a large enough window for the 9-5’ers and the late nighters. But, the long wait almost made me say forget it. It took 45 minutes to receive my order. Whoa. I will admit, I’m not the most patient person in any area of life–but my food though? I walked to Lucky’s, came back, and even ran an errand on Phebus. I was told the quantity of my order was the reason for such a long wait. Hm. Not sure how I feel about that one.
The Le-Mandingue African Restaurant & Grill is definitely worth visiting. The food is divine and the location is a pleasant surprise.
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