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Houston African Restaurants

Houston African RestaurantsAfrican cuisine is as diverse as the hundreds of different cultures and groups that inhabit the African continent.

This diversity is reflected in the many local culinary traditions in terms of choice of ingredients, style of preparation and cooking techniques. Many dishes are also influenced by the plants and animals living in many parts of the continent. Farmers, herdsmen and fishermen are everywhere. The crops grown or the animals they raise affect the dishes in their area.

African cuisine has also been influenced over the centuries by foreign visitors and invaders. The food of North Africa is heavily influenced by the Phoenicians of the 1st century who brought sausages, followed by the Carthaginians who introduced wheat.  The nomadic Berbers adapted the semolina from wheat into couscous – a main staple diet in the region. From the 7th century onwards, the Muslims introduced a variety of spices, like saffron, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.  Additionally, as America was being populated and involved in world trade, they got chillies, tomatoes and potatoes.

In East Africa the Arabian influence on cuisine is evident. Settling on the coast over 1,000 years ago, the Arabs sailed in with rice and spices, particularly noticeable in the Swahili foods of the coastal regions. They also brought lemons, oranges and domestic pigs from China and India. Then the British Empire came with Indian workers who brought their foods with them, such as spiced vegetable curries, lentil soups, chapattis and pickles. The British themselves also influence food by bringing in new breeds of sheep, cattle and goats along with high-quality coffee.


  1. Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant & Lounge  – 6800 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074     713-334-0000
  2. Finger Licking Restaurant – 9811 Bissonnet St N, Houston, TX 77036   713 270-7070
  3. Blue Nile Restaurant – 9400 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77063    713-782-6882
  4. Suya Hut – 11720 W Airport Blvd #1600, Stafford, TX 77477    281-265-1411

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