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“Malian-owned NYC diner in Bamako. Perfect.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Broadway Cafe

Broadway Cafe
Ranked #36 of 64 Restaurants in Bamako
Cuisines: Cafe, American, Fast food
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Kids
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff
Bamako, Mali
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“Malian-owned NYC diner in Bamako. Perfect.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014

Attention vegetarians! Get the best veggie burger in West Africa here at Broadway Cafe. It's a lentil burger served with cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickles, and fries (and mayo, but ask to hold the mayo) and it is seriously good.

The owners spent 10 years living in New York City. They came back to Bamako and opened a classic American diner, with a wide selection of diner food (burgers, brunch), Latino food (burritos), coffee drinks (iced coffee! Frappucino!!), desserts, and ice cream. This is where you can go with your computer and spend all day on the free wifi eating delicious snacks, alongside hip Malian 20-somethings doing the same thing. Ah, globalized youth culture is sometimes wonderful. The owner often comes out to chat in English. The staff play hilarious American music on the loudspeaker, hip hop and 90s covers. You can get takeout.

The fries are soggy a good third of the time, but overall the food is big, filling, and satisfying. Expect to wait for the food and be sure to double/triple check your order when it arrives, especially to make sure that burger is actually made of lentils. Whatever. For this New Jersey native, Broadway cafe is home away from home and I love it.

Note there are two Broadway Cafes in Bamako. The one in Hippodrome is a big unwieldy space, but the one in Badalabougou on the Route de Sikasso is smaller and more diner-y, with a classier upstairs that hosts occasional music events.

  • Visited January 2014
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