Small, relaxed setting for Ghanaian soups, meats & fish dishes along with weekly live music.
Grace’s African Restaurant is an Uptown treasure. My husband and I have eaten in the restaurant, and we’ve had take out. This evening, my husband picked up egusi soup with plantain fufu. It was so flavorful, plentiful, and satisfying! Eugusi soup doesn’t look like a soup as Americans understand it. It can be served on a plate rather than in a bowl. It’s made from spinach, mellon seeds, spices, and (in our case) fish. Fufu is kind of like mashed potatoes, but there’s a stickiness and pliability to it. We don’t know a lot about Ghanian cuisine. Most of our knowledge of West African food comes from Chinua Achebe novels, which were set in Nigeria, and shows such as Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. Luckily, the people who work at Grace’s African Restaurant are really nice and patient. It’s too bad that more Americans don’t know Ghanian food. There’s so much to enjoy! One criticism I have is that I don’t believe Grace’s African Restaurant has website, and their take out menu doesn’t include any prices. Both of these points makes it difficult to order take out. This only means that, if you’re not familiar with Ghanian food, you probably should dine in.
I love this place! Food is so fresh and portion sizes are big. If you’re going for some Americanized place that beckons to your every whim-go elsewhere. Go here for the food and you’re gold.
We left one restaurant to end up back at Grace’s. He was very kind and took care of us. The soup was thinner than what I’m used to,but it was yummy!!! Thank you for good service and good food
This place was delicious! I ordered the Egusu soup with chicken and Fufu with soup with goat. It was so good! The portions are large. I shared it with my family. I would definitely recommend this place.
Enjoyed my experience eating FUFU and soup at Grace’s. The restaurant filled up quickly after my arrival and I was able to see other dishes that I’d like to try on a further visit.
The owner is a fraud! Ordered commercial furniture for his place and used someone else’s credit card and name to place the order. Needless to say, we are contacting the local police to investigate this! The phone # is not even working Shame on this place and its owner who take advantage of other business owners and innocent people!
It is not just a meal, it is an ADVENTURE. It serves food in the style of Ghana. Some tips on African food are needed. Fufu is a fabulous starch dish served all over Africa and served differently in many places. It fills the niche that mashed potatoes and bread serve in the US. Always opt for fufu. They serve meat differently than here. They like fried turkey tail e.g. Their fish is different than ours. My fav meat anywhere is goat meat. They get their goat here from Australia. It is a high quality place to get it from. Some places have lower quality and sometime healthy goat. I ordered soup with goat and fufu with other stuff. Don’t look so surprised. When you eat here, don’t wear your favorite shirt if you want the real experience. They served my soup in a bowl and brought out a metal bowl of warm water. I asked about it and was told that i Ghana folks ate with their hands. Thinking about it, silverware is a newish and not universal invention, think chop sticks. I said that I could do it, noticing that my only tool was a spoon. I washed my hands and dug in. I washed my hands and mouth 4 more times during the meal. My water dish looked like soup by the end. The soup was hot of course. The goat in Africa is served in chunks attached to the bones. The bones are not as hot as the meat so they make a good handle to strip the meat from. The fufu was in a large lump in the soup. After I herded the soft parts of the goat to my waiting mouth, a tore strips from the fufu (the soup is still hot but that is the experience.) It was fine. The fufu was the consistency of wet bread and tasted like mashers. I dipped the chunks down in the soup just like I do with bread in American meals. If you are adventurous enough as a foodie hurry in, dine slow digest at your leisure. Party on my friends.
There are multiple words of what the f**k going through my mind over my encounter at this place. So, my boyfriend and I catch a Lyft across town for Dinner at Grace’s African Restaurant. They closed at 9:00 pm and we walked in the door around 7:57 pm the place was empty with the exception of a man sitting with his feet on a chair. He called a guy who showed up behind what looked like a take-out window. The first thing out of the guy’s mouth is,”What do you want?” My boyfriend said,”We wanted to order Dinner.” I chimed in, “To eat here.” So, once again the guy behind the counter says,”WHAT DO YOU WANT?” I said,”Do you have a menu?” He pointed to the counter and we saw only one. We sat down just as the gentleman with his feet on the chair got up and stared at us. Something about this interaction was extremely awkward and cold, but I wanted to eat there so we stayed. We looked at the menu for about two minutes and decided what we wanted to order. Just then the guy comes from behind the counter turns off the open sign and closes the blinds making it dark in the dining room. In confusion, I asked,”Are you closing?” He said,”We are closed?” My boyfriend was just as confused as I was because we had only been there around 4-5 minutes at this point so he said,”What do you want us to do?” In an angry tone, the cook said,”We are closed, NO FOOD!” I said,”Let’s go.” We walked out to never return again. I don’t care how authentic people claim their food is they are rude and yes that matters. Who would want someone making their food that has no regard for them? He had another hour left before he closed, but he decided he didn’t want to serve us. Why would you let us get a menu and sit down only for you to then say you don’t have any food less than 5 minutes later? I can’t come up with a reasonable explanation for why we were treated the way we were. I can’t come up with a reasonable explanation for why they stared at us like we had three heads and appeared so angry. My boyfriend is White, but they serve White people all day in these places so what was the problem? I’ve eaten there before with a group of African men and their wives were White I didn’t receive the cold angry reception when I was with them so why was this time any different? The place looks extra dingy anyway, I do not need to try their food again. I am also not okay with the fact they don’t have prices on their menu. They have a reputation for charging certain people extra based on what they think they look like they can afford. There are plenty of other African restaurants within walking distance of this place – try those!
My Family and went there last night. At first glance I didn’t know what to expect. We traveled nearly 10 miles to get some authentic West African Food, and we were not disappointed. It felt like I was home in Cotonou, the Egusi with fresh tilapia, the fufu, the peanut butter stew, all amazing and authentic. There were no high chairs for my 1 year old but the employees at Graces watched over and interacted with him like he was one of their children. Before it was over we all were in community together laughing, sharing stories and eating some of the best Ghanaian food in Chicago. Often diners want an “Authentic African food”, and make that determination by applying “Authentic American Standards”(LoL). If you had a negative experience here it’s most likely because your ignorant and thought you were walking into IHOP. This place felt like I was in a diner in the heart of Ghana. If your looking for that kinda dining experience then this is the place for you
Fix it Jesus! If you are not african, specifically Ghanaian walk your behind right out the door.. these people are straight up racists, rude and scammers. I should have known they were full of shit when I didn’t see prices on any of their menu items. If you are not african, be prepared to pay double. They randomly make up prices for food. I have sent friends there undercover to request certain foods and report back their prices. Different price every time. Not to mention that the workers have flagrantly foul attitude problems. Like they are annoyed that you are patronizing their business. I hope they get robbed or something. They are on some bullshit. Don’t ever waste your money here