Somali @ Mogadishu

  • Mogadishu

    931 N Orleans, Chicago, IL (map)

    41.899853 -87.637207

  • We end 2014 with a sampling from East Africa, but not your usual suspects.

    This tiny (16 seats) unassuming restaurant has no menu and no posted price but is very popular with cabbies from Somalia. Like going home or to a good friend's house, you ask the owner to fix you a plate from whatever is being offered, for $9 (cash only, bottled drink for $1 extra), and it's a massive plate. If what is on offer seems to you to be a medley of familiar cuisines, that's because it is! You will detect hints of Ethiopian, Yemeni, Persian, Turkish, Indian, French, British, and Italian influences in addition to native Somali cooking due to an old tradition of trade and commerce. This is a hole-in-the-wall (in a good way), so don't expect haute cuisine. While its hours are convenient for cab drivers, if you are going on your own, it is advised that you go for lunch, not after dark.

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  • Leslie

    looks interesting :)

    October 6

  • michael

    when someone cancels can I get in this place? i live around the corner and only received one email.....PLMK

    October 4

    • ISCChicago

      Sorry, it is a plug for smartphones, so you don't have to remember to check emails. At least I'm not endorsing a particular type of smartphone.

      October 4

    • Christine S.

      I got both notification & email... didn't check either way. :/

      October 4

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