Though the muted exterior and interior hardly resemble anything castle-like, Palace Gate comes pretty darn close to giving appetites the royal treatment with its messy-yet-yummy Ghanaian cuisine.
Ever tried peanut butter soup? How about fufuo, a fried plaintain and rice dish, or banku, a starchy corn and cassava meal? Those are just a few of the many native dishes cooked up daily at this uncommon eatery. Hidden in a small plaza in Uptown, the restaurant serves up cheap West African eats mostly to staff and students from nearby Truman College.
Decorated modestly with faux plants and African art, the dining environment could definitely use a little creative zest. However, you'll be hard-pressed to find a place that beats this humble abode's authentic flavors. Another bonus: no need to worry about keeping neat and tidy. Ghanaian meals can be, uh, slightly sloppy, as fingers are the utensil of choice, but that's no problem here. Tables come armed with rolls of paper towels and plastic tablecloths. So go ahead, truly show how much you're lovin' that waakye, shitto or ampesi.
Palace Gate can come in handy for catering events as well. If you're having friends over for a big game, instead of ordering pizza or prepping a blase menu of Tostitos, salsa and cheese dip, order some Ghanaian chicken wings—a unique way to spice up the party (and add enjoyment even when the Bears are losing).
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Paige Gray