Judging Restaurants/Bars – Ghana Cafe

Ghana cafe is located at 1336 14th St, NW by Rhode Island Ave (and formerly of Adams Morgan). The last few times I’ve walked by the place has been pretty crowded so I thought it was time for a proper judging. For those who are fans of the food – do you recommend any specific dishes?

You can see their menu here.

Also – do folks like this as a place to just grab a beer?

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  • does anybody know why they moved off 18th street?

    • I asked the owner when they first moved to this location, he said that he was tired of the Adam’s Morgan crowd and the trouble that would happen in the area. I understand his point but this “new” Ghana Cafe is terrible compared to when it was in Adams Morgan. They used to have live music and dancing downstairs and DJ upstairs. The place always had a good vibe and crowd. Last time I went to Ghana Cafe, last year, the owner said its not in his license to have music but that he was working on it (an ANC thing). When I want Ghanaian food that’s close by I usually go to Bukom, the music there is great too. I don’t find Ghana Cafe’s food to be good, I’ve given it many tries.

  • I’m so glad you posted this. I’ve always been curious about this place, and since I just moved to a new apartment a few blocks from it I’d love to know if it’s worth a visit. For food or for drinks!

  • Sorry but I’m Ghana pass on this one.

  • We love it! The ginger beer is quite tasty and the peanut soup is delicious.

  • It’s a cool setting, food is pretty good, but the food takes FOREVER to arrive and service is S-L-O-W, even without a crowd. Worth it if you’re feeling patient and have a lot to talk about with your dining companion.

  • Their peanut soup is pretty tasty.

  • Love it, and so do my Ghanaian friends.

    There’s the somewhat-spicy goat stew, served over a ball of fermented corn meal… to die for. I can’t remember the names of any of the dishes, because every time I go there I get accidentally pie-eyed on the strong beer.

  • I think they have a different idea of service– makes it a bit authentic in that regard, I imagine. But they’re nice and the food is good. AND they are rarely crowded, which is really nice sometimes.

  • Was there recently. Was unimpressed.

  • I go for the Star beer. They have several other West African dishes. I recommend Kelewele (which is essentially spicy, cubed, fried plantain). I tried the Egusi during my last visit, and was not really impressed. Ghana is known for kenkey and banku, so give those a try if you’re interested in Ghana specific food.

  • I want to love this place because the owner is great and the location is close to my apartment, but the food is terrible. terrible terrible. overcooked, chewy meat with a tasteless gluten ball. the ambience is seriously lacking too.

    • In my experience (and in their defense?), the food you describe seems pretty authentic. Ghana isn’t exactly known for its cuisine.

  • Sumah’s and Akosombo have much better West African food. I thought the food here was quite bland, and yes, the service was very slow.

  • Grilled whole fish is pretty good and the plaintains rock. I like this place. ate there when it was on 18th and they had a great live band… I’ve been meaning to go there again.

  • I liked it. The food is authentic for sure, and not made to American tastes. But that’s what makes it good. The foufou was a little on the chewy side, but it went well with the beef stew I had, which was nicely spiced. No “small plates” or other rip offs here – the food is decently priced and you leave with a full stomach. The servers leave you alone unless you need something – a refreshing change from the get-in-get-out style that some restaurants have. It’s a nice place to linger and have a decent conversation, or a place to go after work for a low-key happy hour. My only real complaint was that it was a tad dark in there. It could use a few more lights, particularly in the back.

  • Ate here just last month–we had a 2-for-1 coupon for vegetarian entrees. They were DELICIOUS. Spinach and peanut stew, fried plantains, some sort of tomato-based stew as well. Our server was really nice and friendly, and the food wasn’t slow for us the way it was for other commenters. Based on my experience I recommend it!

  • ^ fufu is not meant to be chewed.

  • We’ve been numerous times. Its a family-owned place and the food is really good and so different from most of what is available in DC. They have great options for vegans/vegetarians. Love the Kelewele, spicy plantains with peanuts or cashews. The red sauce that they serve with many of the dishes is really tasty, and the owner said that they can sell it by the bottle (they mentioned selling it at Harris Teeter)

  • I just went last night. I ordered a chicken curry sampler plate and thought it was terrific. My friend ordered the fried spicy plantains as an appetizer, though, and they nearly incinerated my sensitive Irish palette. 🙂

  • Good comfort food, but sometimes has that “bottom of the pot” quality. Love the texture of fufu.

  • I used to eat here a lot when it was on 18th Street, but haven’t visited in its new spot. I really liked it – tons of options for vegetarians and the food is good, authentic, and filling. The vegetarian red red is my favorite.

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