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Diaspora Eats: 7 of the Best African Restaurants in Los Angeles

Here are seven of the best African restaurants in Los Angeles.

DIASPORA—The diaspora is brimming with a variety of restaurants that offer savory dishes that’ll  remind you of mom’s cooking.


In our Diaspora Eats series, we highlight these many eateries, and offer recommendations for the best African food in whichever major city you might find yourself in. 

Whether you’re looking for options to fit your dietary restrictions or you’re simply looking to stuff your face with quality eats, there’s a spot in the city that will cater to your palette. Below are 7 African restaurants to check out while you’re in Madrid.

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Nkechi African Cafe

Get your rice, plantain, egusi and all your favorite Nigerian staples, in this cozy spot located on Manchester Boulevard in Inglewood. Be sure to try their jollof rice and goat meat stew.

#TheView 😍 Jollof rice & goat meat 😍De 🇳🇬way

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Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant

You may have seen Insecure's Molly and Issa eating at this casual spot on Fairfax Ave. Visit Merkato to get your fix of classic Ethiopian cuisine in one of Little Ethiopia's most popular eateries.

Thursday night in Little Ethiopia❤️💚💛 🇪🇹

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Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine

Injera is naturally vegan, but this spot, located on South Fairfax, is considered the only "100 percent vegan Ethiopian restaurant anywhere."

*heavy breathing*

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Tagine Beverly Hills

This Bevery Hills eatery, serves à la carte Moroccan dishes like tagine with couscous, as well as several pescatarian and vegetarian options. The atmosphere is warm and cozy and, if you're lucky, you might just run into co-owner Ryan Gosling while you're there.

Oven Roasted #bonemarrow #dates #prunes #figs #caramilzedonions, what else can we say?!

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Revolutionario North African Tacos

This small, take-out spot on Jefferson Boulevard offers unique North-African-style tacos. Try their cilantro yogurt chicken taco,  the shakshouka, or the pozole tagine. If you're in the mood to try something new and flavorful stop at Revolutionario North African Tacos for a quick bite.

Kenyan Cafe and Cuisine

This Kenyan restaurant, located just outside of Los Angeles in Anaheim, serves delactables like Mbuzi Choma (BBQ Lamb), kachumabri and fired tilapia.

Banadir Somali Restaurant

Visit this Somali eatery, located in Inglewood, for a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner. Their savory goat and lamb options and large portions will leave you full, and your taste buds satisfied.

Yum! #somalifood #chicken #anjero #banadirsomalirestaurant #inglewoodeats #inglewood #foodgasm

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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