African Refugees Bring New Flavors to Detroit

Sitting at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Grand Boulevard, Baobab Fare brings new flavors to Detroit. Owners Hamissi Mamba and Nadia Nijimbere are husband-and-wife duo from Burundi, who are refugees. Today they celebrate East African cuisine and culture. 

The restaurant offers authentic East African foods and specials, such as Ugali, a traditional East African swallow served with an okra stew, and Mhogo, which includes the root of the cassava plant served with shredded chicken that is pan-fried in a tangy mustard-onion sauce.

The restaurant is unique in its employment of former residents of Freedom House, a temporary home for asylum-seeking survivors of persecution from around the globe. The restaurant also houses a coffee bar stocked with beans from Burundi available for purchase. 

6568 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-265-3093,  

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