Hours: Lunch, dinner: seven days
Chicago's only all-Ghanaian restaurant.
Palace Gate, Chicago's only all-Ghanaian eatery, is nothing if not authentic. While waiting for my food, the powerful tag-team smell of palm oil and dried fish brought me right back to that country. Highlife tunes playing on the stereo and genuine Ghanaian hospitality served to strengthen the illusion. At the core of the cuisine are ampesi, intensely flavored stews or soups eaten with a starchy side like fufu, a firm starchy dumpling made from plantains or cocoyam. Tomatoes, chile peppers, onions, and palm oil are the base for many stews, to which anything from turkey to beef to fish can be added. Jollof, spicy Ghanaian fried rice, is served with your choice of long-stewed beef or fried fish. Side dishes like plantains and beans help to round out the meal and extinguish the fire in your mouth. On weekends there are specials such as omo tuo (rice dumplings) and konkonte (dried cassava dumplings). There are no prices listed on the menu, and therefore no indication as to how much food you're ordering. Be assured that the portions are massive (fufu as big as your head!), and nearly all the dishes are under $10.