Liberian born Dougie Uso is eager to share his heritage with San Francisco, CA, so much so he opened up the very first Liberian restaurant in the Bay Area. If you walk through the doors of Kendejah Restaurant – or happen upon the accompanying food truck – you’ll be greeted with a laminated card outlining the history of Liberia before you even place your order. Once you get yourself a little educated, it’s time to enjoy any number of mouth-watering dishes from Dougie’s home country. It’s a true blue foodie experience avid eaters across Golden Gate City would be remiss to miss.
The menu sports a revolving door of daily specials, each one packed with the rich blends of herbs and spices that give Liberian food its characteristically bold flavor. Grab some tender, juicy oxtail served over beans and rice with a side of fragrant, flavor-packed jollof rice. Go for smoked turkey mixed with pureed spinach and potato leaves that complement the meat with a bold, earthy flavor. Grab some palaver sauce, a stew packed with robust, savory spices and served over white rice. Really, you’ll want to try it all here, so stop by again and again to work your way through the menu. Or, better idea? Book Kendejah Restaurant for your next event. Guests will appreciate not just the food but the chance to learn a little Nigerian history while they’re chowing down.
Cassava Leaf Soup — A nutty, semi-sweet blend of cassava leaf and plantain flour served up in a peanut broth alongside chicken and smoked turkey.