Sumah’s West African Restaurant serves up Sierra Leonean food at 1727 7th St. It is a tiny hole in the wall with zero decor, run by Sumah himself, who hails from Sierra Leone. Be aware that this place is super spare. It has the atmosphere of a carryout, though it does have a few tables thrown in for good measure. Comically, the tables have little fake flower bouquets on them, as if that really adds something to the decor. The food, on the other hand, is definitely tasty and authentic. I ordered one of my favorite West African dishes, jollof rice with chicken, which was delicious. It’s not as cheap as you might think for this kind of place, though. The jollof rice was a very large portion but it set me back approximately $15. Nonetheless, if you want to eat authentic West African food in DC, Sumah’s should be on your list of places to try.
Gulder, a Nigerian beer that’s barely better than PBR, but a novelty nonetheless.
Bukom is a Ghanaian restaurant located at 2442 18th St NW in Adams Morgan. I spent what were arguably the best two weeks of my life (so far) on a trip to Ghana where I was impressed by the country’s tasty food, friendly people, and beautiful scenery. Bukom is a friendly (if often very loud) and reasonably priced spot to sample authentic Ghanaian food such as fufu (a gooey pounded cassava dish), groundnut (peanut) soup and jollof rice (which tastes a bit like Mexican rice) and much more. They also serve African beers, which is cool (though the beer that I ordered, Gulder, which is Nigerian, was barely better than PBR and was pretty pricey at $7). They have live reggae music sometimes (even though highlife is the music of Ghana, not reggae), but it adds to the vibe.
Groundnut soup with chicken and fufu (called Kumasi Nkatikwan on the menu).