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10 Essential Dallas-Fort Worth African Restaurants

From Nigerian cuisine to Moroccan tagines, these restaurants serve a bounty of traditional African dishes

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Scattered across Dallas’s vibrant dining scene, African restaurants serve a bounty of dishes from Egypt, the Congo, Nigeria, and beyond. Here, the bounty of options for excellent African cuisine, ranging from perfectly-spiced Moroccan tagines to Congolese goat stew, is a testament to the metro area’s astounding diversity.

Looking to feast on the best African food in Dallas and beyond? Use this map to taste your way through North, East, and West Africa.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mubrooka

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904 Audelia Rd #300
Richardson, TX 75081
(469) 778-1818
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The only restaurant in Dallas dedicated to Egyptian cuisine, Mubrooka serves up traditional Egyptian street food in a bright, modern dining space. The ful medames (a soup made with mashed fava beans, olive oil, tomato, garlic, parsley and vinegar) and the ta’amiya (falafel made with fava beans and cilantro) are classic and must-try dishes. Make sure to also order the mint lemonade: squeezed fresh, it is sweet and refreshing.

2. Baboush

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3636 McKinney Ave #160
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 599-0707
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Baboush offers a modern spin on traditional Moroccan dishes in an upscale, thematically decorated dining room. Order the baba ganoush – possibly the best in Dallas – and freshly-made pita for a taste of garlicky heaven. The meatball tagine is tender and rich, garnished with an egg on top. The chicken in the Tefaya tagine (flavored with saffron, green olive, and lemon) and the Fez tagine (spiced with cinnamon) falls off the bone.

3. Desta Ethiopian Restaurant

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12101 Greenville Ave #105
Dallas, TX 75243
(214) 575-9004

At Desta, find upscale Ethiopian food in a bright, beautiful dining room. The doro wat is a must-order: a tender chicken leg and a boiled egg hide in the slightly spicy berberé sauce. The beef tibs are also delicious. Served with grilled vegetables and sizzling on the plate, they are reminiscent of Tex-Mex fajitas.  

4. Lalibela

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9191 Forest Ln
Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 792-8442

Named for the Ethiopian town famous for its rock-cut churches, this classic spot is as traditional as it gets in Dallas. Order the veggie and meat combo platters to taste each classic dish, such as doro wot, yebeg wot (marinated lamb cooked in red wine and red pepper sauce), yemesir wot (lentils cooked in berberé sauce) and gomen (collard greens cooked with garlic and ginger).

5. Ibex Ethiopian Cuisine & Bar

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12255 Greenville Avenue #130
Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 234-4239
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Stir-fried with onion, jalapeno, garlic and rosemary, these tender cubes of beef or lamb are an obvious namesake for this Greenville Avenue restaurant. Doro wot, misir wot (split lentils) and selata (house salad) are also excellent—and no meal at Ibex is complete without a cup of strong Ethiopian coffee.

6. MarRosso Cafe

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7989 Belt Line Rd # 110
Dallas, TX 75248
(972) 685-9099
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This East African café and restaurant serves traditional dishes from Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethiopia. Order the Meat Lovers Combo to sample chicken zigni (an Eritrean dish similar to doro wot), beef tibsi (red chili stew) and lamb alicha (Ethiopian curry). MarRosso also offers pasta and Milanese dishes introduced to Eritrean cuisine by Italian colonists, and occasionally hosts live music.

7. Aggies Restaurant

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9205 Skillman St
Dallas, TX 75243
(214) 221-7276
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With orange walls, white couches and a large bar, this West African restaurant boasts an upbeat, casual vibe. Don’t go for quick service; do go for the famous oven baked tilapia with fried plantains. For this delicious dish, an entire fish is coated with spices and baked whole, then drowned in a fiery pepper sauce. Served alongside, the plantains are tender and not too sweet.

8. Salt N Pepper Kitchen & Catering Services

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2376 Lavon Dr #106A
Garland, TX 75040
(469) 298-2540

This family owned restaurant dishes up traditional Nigerian food. The abula (mix of three Nigerian soups) and egusi (soup made with egusi seeds) are fantastic with a side of pounded yam. The fish pepper soup is also good, though very spicy.

9. Yemsade

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3007 S Carrier Pkwy
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
(972) 264-2111

Walking into Yemsade feels like walking into a cozy kitchen serving home cooked food. The jollof rice is certainly mong the best iterations of this classic in DFW. Order it with fried tilapia or stewed chicken for an impeccable taste of traditional Nigeria. The sweet plantains are fried to perfection and a must-try.

10. Exotic Grill African Cuisine

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415 N Main St
Euless, TX 76039
(817) 864-8884
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For those who make the drive to Euless, Congolese cuisine await — including a superb goat stew. The samosas and epinard (spinach) are also worth ordering. Service is sometimes slow, but the food is always worth the wait.

1. Mubrooka

904 Audelia Rd #300, Richardson, TX 75081

The only restaurant in Dallas dedicated to Egyptian cuisine, Mubrooka serves up traditional Egyptian street food in a bright, modern dining space. The ful medames (a soup made with mashed fava beans, olive oil, tomato, garlic, parsley and vinegar) and the ta’amiya (falafel made with fava beans and cilantro) are classic and must-try dishes. Make sure to also order the mint lemonade: squeezed fresh, it is sweet and refreshing.

904 Audelia Rd #300
Richardson, TX 75081

2. Baboush

3636 McKinney Ave #160, Dallas, TX 75204

Baboush offers a modern spin on traditional Moroccan dishes in an upscale, thematically decorated dining room. Order the baba ganoush – possibly the best in Dallas – and freshly-made pita for a taste of garlicky heaven. The meatball tagine is tender and rich, garnished with an egg on top. The chicken in the Tefaya tagine (flavored with saffron, green olive, and lemon) and the Fez tagine (spiced with cinnamon) falls off the bone.

3636 McKinney Ave #160
Dallas, TX 75204

3. Desta Ethiopian Restaurant

12101 Greenville Ave #105, Dallas, TX 75243

At Desta, find upscale Ethiopian food in a bright, beautiful dining room. The doro wat is a must-order: a tender chicken leg and a boiled egg hide in the slightly spicy berberé sauce. The beef tibs are also delicious. Served with grilled vegetables and sizzling on the plate, they are reminiscent of Tex-Mex fajitas.  

12101 Greenville Ave #105
Dallas, TX 75243

4. Lalibela

9191 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75243

Named for the Ethiopian town famous for its rock-cut churches, this classic spot is as traditional as it gets in Dallas. Order the veggie and meat combo platters to taste each classic dish, such as doro wot, yebeg wot (marinated lamb cooked in red wine and red pepper sauce), yemesir wot (lentils cooked in berberé sauce) and gomen (collard greens cooked with garlic and ginger).

9191 Forest Ln
Dallas, TX 75243

5. Ibex Ethiopian Cuisine & Bar

12255 Greenville Avenue #130, Dallas, TX 75243

Stir-fried with onion, jalapeno, garlic and rosemary, these tender cubes of beef or lamb are an obvious namesake for this Greenville Avenue restaurant. Doro wot, misir wot (split lentils) and selata (house salad) are also excellent—and no meal at Ibex is complete without a cup of strong Ethiopian coffee.

12255 Greenville Avenue #130
Dallas, TX 75243

6. MarRosso Cafe

7989 Belt Line Rd # 110, Dallas, TX 75248

This East African café and restaurant serves traditional dishes from Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethiopia. Order the Meat Lovers Combo to sample chicken zigni (an Eritrean dish similar to doro wot), beef tibsi (red chili stew) and lamb alicha (Ethiopian curry). MarRosso also offers pasta and Milanese dishes introduced to Eritrean cuisine by Italian colonists, and occasionally hosts live music.

7989 Belt Line Rd # 110
Dallas, TX 75248

7. Aggies Restaurant

9205 Skillman St, Dallas, TX 75243

With orange walls, white couches and a large bar, this West African restaurant boasts an upbeat, casual vibe. Don’t go for quick service; do go for the famous oven baked tilapia with fried plantains. For this delicious dish, an entire fish is coated with spices and baked whole, then drowned in a fiery pepper sauce. Served alongside, the plantains are tender and not too sweet.

9205 Skillman St
Dallas, TX 75243

8. Salt N Pepper Kitchen & Catering Services

2376 Lavon Dr #106A, Garland, TX 75040

This family owned restaurant dishes up traditional Nigerian food. The abula (mix of three Nigerian soups) and egusi (soup made with egusi seeds) are fantastic with a side of pounded yam. The fish pepper soup is also good, though very spicy.

2376 Lavon Dr #106A
Garland, TX 75040

9. Yemsade

3007 S Carrier Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75052

Walking into Yemsade feels like walking into a cozy kitchen serving home cooked food. The jollof rice is certainly mong the best iterations of this classic in DFW. Order it with fried tilapia or stewed chicken for an impeccable taste of traditional Nigeria. The sweet plantains are fried to perfection and a must-try.

3007 S Carrier Pkwy
Grand Prairie, TX 75052

10. Exotic Grill African Cuisine

415 N Main St, Euless, TX 76039

For those who make the drive to Euless, Congolese cuisine await — including a superb goat stew. The samosas and epinard (spinach) are also worth ordering. Service is sometimes slow, but the food is always worth the wait.

415 N Main St
Euless, TX 76039

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