Where to Eat Excellent West African Food in Houston

Find perfect jollof rice, okra stew and fufu, and so much more at these local icons

As one of the most diverse cities in the nation, Houston boasts a thriving immigrant population. Among a sea of newcomers that have brought and shared their traditions, values, and cuisines with the city, West Africans stand out as a community who’ve placed an increasingly tangible influence on what makes Houston the city that it is.

Comprising 4.5 percent of the city’s foreign-born population — equal to that of European immigrants — African immigrants are a present and invaluable part of Houston’s immigrant community. With most African immigrants hailing from Nigeria, followed by Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa, it’s easy to see why West African cuisine is so prominent and beloved.

Spanning throughout the city, from the heart of Houston to the suburbs of Sugar Land, West African food is plentiful and growing. Whether you’re in the mood for suya, okra stew and fufu, or the ubiquitous jollof rice, Houston’s got something for you.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.