Each year, we ask our readers to weigh in on the best restaurants in Calgary with an online voting ballot. Here are the winners and runners-up for Best African Restaurants in Calgary.
Led by Adebola Esan, this restaurant in Highwood serves up a number of classic Nigerian dishes. Be sure to try one of the African signature meals, all of which are traditionally eaten with your hand. Other great options include the suya, pepper soup, the meat, fish or chicken hand pies, and the fried puff puff, which comes with a dozen pieces in an order.
Safari Grill has served East African and Indo-African cuisine since 2005. Its menu includes dishes like fried cassava and flavourful grilled meats, as well as a selection of African beers and wines, which are enjoyed in a dining room decorated with colourful animal prints.
Abyssinia is known for its delicious Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine. Choose from appetizers like injera sushi, salads and several meat and vegan mains that come with injera. In addition to a selection of wine and beer, Abyssinia also offers Ethiopian coffee ceremonies.
910 12 Ave. S.W., 403-452-3498, @abyssinia_yyc
At this quick-serve, Afro-Caribbean restaurant in Sunridge, executive chef Toyin Adepoju serves up dishes like tasty jerk chicken, chicken or beef meat pies and curry goat for both take-out and dine-in. You can also warm up with some goat or catfish pepper soup, which is made with scotch bonnet peppers.
81, 3131 27 St. N.E., 403-880-5731; and Crossroads Market, 1235 26 Ave. S.E.; @yennydelights1
Located on 17 Ave. S.W., Habesha Restaurant specializes in Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine. It serves up a variety of dishes including the quintessential Ethiopian stew known as tibs, or firfir, a dish made with ingredients like shredded injera bread, meat, a range of aromatic spices and more.