You don’t really have to be a gastronomic adventurer to enjoy the cuisine at Tam-Tam’s African Restaurant in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, but if you are looking for something out of the ordinary, the option is there.
The menu really covers most of the continent, ranging from Ugandan Hunter’s Ribs ($11.99), an enormous portion of grilled marinated beef ribs, served on the bone, to West African palm butter stew, served with your choice of chicken beef or goat ($11.99), and Ethiopian Injera n’ Wot, a dish of spicy chicken and vegetables served over flat bread ($9.99). I stopped in recently and had the lunch special of beef stew ($7.99 / $11.99 for dinner), tender chunks of beef in a rich gravy, accompanied by a couple of sides. I chose the collard greens, and the ugali, a steamed corn meal dumpling that’s perfect for sopping up gravy. Ugandan-born owner Steven Kaggwa is a genial and engaging host, happy to answer questions about the menu.
Tam-Tam’s now also offers wine and beer, including South African and Ethiopian vintages, as well as Tusker beer from Kenya – and highly rated Bell’s beer from Uganda is expected to arrive soon.
Tam-Tam’s African Restaurant, 605 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis.