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Philadelphia's 3 favorite spots to find budget-friendly African food

Kaffa Crossing | Photo:Marie W./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on June 29, 2020.

In search of a new favorite African spot?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable African restaurants around Philadelphia, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fulfill your urges.

1. Kaffa Crossing

Photo: Workineh Demewoz K./Yelp

Topping the list is Kaffa Crossing. Located at 4423 Chestnut St. in Spruce Hill, the Ethiopian spot is the highest-rated affordable African restaurant in Philadelphia, boasting four stars out of 191 reviews on Yelp. 

Philly Voice called this spot one of the most celebrated Ethiopian restaurants in the neighborhood. On the menu, look for sambusa, pastries stuffed with lentils, onions and spicy herbs or legs of lamb in a medley of onions, butter, tomatoes and jalapeño peppers. 

2. Era

Photo: Taylor s./Yelp

Next up is Fairmount's Era, situated at 2743 Poplar St. With four stars out of 179 reviews on Yelp, the dive bar and Ethiopian spot has proved to be a local favorite for those looking for a cheap option. 

On the menu, look for bites like lentils in red pepper sauce, basil and sauce or crispy beef cubes sauteed with onions, tomatoes, jalapeño peppers and spiced butter in mild Ethiopian-style spices. There are also wine, tequila and whiskey selections. 

3. African Small Pot

Photo: Manuel C./Yelp

Paschall's African Small Pot, located at 6505 Woodland Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the inexpensive Senegalese spot four stars out of 44 reviews. 

This spot offers a mix of West African, Italian and American cuisine, according to its website. Look for bites like salmon, chicken kebabs and crab cakes. 


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