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Mama D's African Cuisine

(213) 610-5322

1240 S Soto St

Los Angeles, CA 90023

In Boyle Heights, chef Dorothy Wanki (a.k.a. the titular “Mama D”), is serving a variety of meals, pastries, and snacks originating from Cameroon. There’s achu, a traditional dish made with cocoyams, yellow sauce, and smoked meat, as well as the peanut-based ndole (served with rice and fried plantains), goat meat pepper soup, African meat pies, and jollof rice. How much would it cost to order one of everything? Asking for a friend.

The newest place on this list by far, Mama D’s is a recently opened African restaurant in Boyle Heights. The menu is filled with excellent Cameroonian dishes by the eponymous Mama’s daughter, Claudia (the original outpost is located outside Washington D.C.), and after just one look at their menu, I knew that this was going to a place where I’d need multiple trips to try everything. But you have to start somewhere, and my first visit was a chefs kiss home run. I got the Classic African Lunch - a rich, bright-red tomato stew paired with fragrant white rice, a.k.a. the ideal meal for when you’ve been staring at a screen for way too long and need something to nurse your weak, caffeine-addled, Twitter-addicted body back to health.

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